Teacher of the Year Competition Levels

  • Follow county guidelines for selecting School Teacher of the Year.
  • The winner will submit his/her application to the County Board of Education by the dates required by the County Board of Education.
  • A panel appointed by the County Superintendent will decide the County Teacher of the Year based on both state and county criteria.
  • The winner will submit his/her application to the West Virginia Department of Education by 12:00 pm on May 16, 2019.
  • County nominees will apply online at https://wvde.us/wv-teacher-of-the-year-application/ and upload the following to the West Virginia Department of Education by 12:00 pm on May 16, 2019:
    • Signed letter of consent from the County Superintendent stating that the applicant is the county’s official candidate for the 2020 West Virginia Teacher of the Year Program;
    • Acknowledgement Form with signatures from the candidate, the candidate’s principal, and the candidate’s County Superintendent (Chief School Administrator);
    • Resume (no more than two pages);
    • Three (3) letters of recommendation from a colleague, administrator, or student (Each letter should not exceed one page in length.)
    • Video (2-5 minutes) of teaching a lesson to students; include YouTube link of lesson (Teachers are responsible for taking the necessary precautions to protect student confidentiality and obtain parent consent.);
    • 5×7 Publicity headshot photo.

Note: Additional uploaded documents or pages beyond the requirements will not be considered.

  • A panel appointed by the West Virginia Superintendent of Schools will review online applications submissions.
  • Following a review of the applications of all county nominations, the state review panel will interview the selected finalists face-to-face. The name of the state selected finalist will be forwarded to the West Virginia Superintendent of Schools as the West Virginia Teacher of the Year.
  • All county nominees will be recognized at the annual awards banquet at Embassy Suites in Charleston, West Virginia, on September 11, 2019. The West Virginia Teacher of the Year will be announced at that time.
  • The name of the state selected Teacher of the Year will be forwarded by the West Virginia Superintendent of Schools for consideration in the National Teacher of the Year Program competition.
  • The West Virginia Teacher of the Year will submit his/her application with help from the West Virginia Department of Education to the National Teacher of the Year program.

The West Virginia Teacher of the Year will compete at the national level through an online application process under the guidance of the West Virginia Teacher of the Year Program Coordinator.