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) must meet the following criteria: 1) a professionally licensed Ohio educator with a minimum of ten years’ teaching experience under the professional license; 2) currently employed in a state-approved public school (pre-kindergarten through grade twelve), community school or career center; 3) provides direct instruction to students a minimum of 50% of their contracted time; 4) has not been a previous regional or state OTOY honoree; and, who 5) is planning to continue in an active teaching status.

The Ohio Teacher of the Year candidate has the respect and admiration of their colleagues and:
  1. Is an expert in their field who guides students of all backgrounds and abilities to achieve excellence. 
  2. Collaborates with colleagues, students, and families to create a school culture of respect and success. 
  3. Deliberately connects the classroom and key stakeholders to foster a strong community at large.
  4. Demonstrates leadership and innovation in and outside of the classroom walls that embodies lifelong learning; and 
  5. Expresses themselves in an engaging and clear way.

What is the deadline?

The nomination period is February 1 – March 31, 2023.  Once an individual has been nominated, they will be invited to submit a complete application. The deadline for the complete application is June 9, 2023.

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, Lisa Grant at [email protected] or 419-246-3135 or the State Coordinator, Angela Dicke, at [email protected] 

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

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