The nomination period for Ohio Teacher of the Year is now open. All nominations will be submitted on-line. Please review the following information and consider nominating a teacher for this program.

What Is The Ohio Teacher of the Year Program?

The Ohio Teacher of the Year program annually identifies exceptional teachers statewide and celebrates their effective, inspiring work both inside and outside the classroom. The program also provides opportunities for professional growth and give teachers a voice as leaders and advocates for public education. Selected teachers move through two levels of recognition: (1) the State Board District Teacher of the Year as a regional recognition (11 regions) and (2) the Ohio Teacher of the Year as the state-level recognition. 

Who is Eligible?

A candidate for the Ohio Teacher of the Year (OTOY) is eligible if they are a 1) a licensed Ohio educator with a minimum of five years of teaching experience: 2) currently employed in a state-approved public school, community school or career center working directly with students pre-kindergarten through grade twelve a minimum of 50% of their contracted time; 3) someone who has not been a previous regional or state OTOY honoree; and, 4) who is planning to continue in an active teaching status.

What is the deadline?

The nomination period is February 1 – April 9, 2021.  Once an individual has been nominated, they will be invited to submit a complete application. The deadline for the complete application is June 12, 2020.

How Do I Nominate A Teacher?

All nominations are online. School administrators, colleagues, community members, parents or students may submit a nomination for an outstanding teacher.


The ESC of Lake Erie West is serving as the territory lead for State Board of Education Region 2. If you have any questions, you may contact the Territory Lead at the ESC of Lake Erie West, Mary Himmelein at or 419-246-3135 or the State Coordinator, Angela Dicke, at 

We look forward to hearing about a nominee from your school district or community school.

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