Teacher of the Year
District applications are due to Solano County Office of Education's Youth Development Department by February 8, 2019
In 1978, the Solano County Office of Education (SCOE) began recognizing exemplary teachers. The Teacher of the Year (TOY) program is designed to recognize outstanding teachers throughout Solano County. The TOY Program highlights educational innovation, student learning, and the rewards of teaching. Further, the program attracts public attention to the positive aspects of our educational system. The program pays tribute to the teaching force, the complexity of challenges that confront our schools, and the need to promote collaboration and teamwork to meet those challenges.
The TOY program is open to fully-credentialed teachers in public schools who have been teaching for at least eight years, in any of pre-kindergarten through grade twelve as their primary responsibility. A TOY nominee inspires through commitment as a lifelong learner who models dedication to continued learning and demonstrates a dedication to the belief that all children can achieve.
SCOE provides the school districts with the guidelines for submitting nominations along with the evaluation and selection criteria that will be used to select awardees at the County level. Each district establishes its own internal process for selecting an exemplary teacher for Solano County’s TOY program. The district nominee advances to the County selection and recognition program. Each district is invited to submit one candidate to be recognized at the Solano County Educators of the Year (EOY) celebration.
The selection process for the TOY Program begins with candidates whose names are submitted to the SCOE. The selection consists of two phases: review of a written application and an interview with the Blue Ribbon Committee. The Blue Ribbon Committee is responsible for evaluating all nominations and selecting the County finalist. Using a scoring guide aligned with prompts, committee members through consensus, identify the applications that best address the prompts and distinguish themselves as stellar.
The selection of the Solano County TOY will be announced at the Educators of the Year Celebration on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at the Joseph A. Nelson Community Center (611 Village Drive, Suisun City) beginning at 5:15 PM. Nominees from the school districts will be invited to receive recognition and mementos of their selection as a district TOY.