The Teacher of the Year awards honors educators who have made significant contributions to the profession and are deemed to be outstanding with regard to their knowledge, application of pedagogy, leadership, and contributions to the profession.


K-12 Teacher of the Year Criteria

The applicant must be a teacher who:

  • Conducts an exemplary program based on SHAPE America standards
  • Utilizes various teaching methodologies and plans innovative learning experiences to meet the needs of all students
  • Serves/served as a professional role model in the field
  • Participates in professional development opportunities beyond district provided opportunities
  • Provides service to the profession through advocacy, consultation/in-service training presentations and/or active membership in related professional organizations

To apply, teachers may have responsibility for teaching grades that cross the different levels, but applications can be submitted for one level only. Teachers should apply for the level that represents 50% or more of their teaching assignment.

  • Elementary - Kindergarten through Sixth Grade
  • Middle School - Sixth Grade through Eighth Grade
  • High School - Ninth Grade through Twelfth Grade
  • University – Post Secondary with primary responsibility in Health/Physical Education Teacher Education

An application must be completed & one letter of recommendation submitted for justification of application responses (one from their administration and one from a colleague) emailed to awards chair with photo and biography.


University/College Teacher of the Year Criteria

The applicant must be a teacher who:

  • Utilizes various teaching methodologies and plans innovative learning experiences to meet the needs of all students.
  • Demonstrates evidence of scholarship and service through any of the following:
    • Publications
    • Presentations at the state, district, national, international level
    • Research
    • Service on college/university committees 
    • Service at the state, district and/or national level
  • Provides service to the profession through advocacy, consultation, in-service training presentations, and/or active membership in related professional organizations.

An application must be completed along with one letter of recommendation submitted for justification of application responses emailed to awards chair with photo and biography.