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New Jersey Teacher of the Year Program

Eligibility Criteria

A SCHOOL/DISTRICT/COUNTY /STATE TEACHER OF THE YEAR MUST:

  • Be a licensed classroom teacher (pre-K through grade 12) in a public or charter school;
  • Have teaching as the primary responsibility rather than administrative or supervisory responsibilities;
  • Be a dedicated and skilled teacher leader who anticipates actively continuing in his/her teaching career for at least five (5) more years;
  • Inspire students of all backgrounds and abilities to learn;
  • Demonstrate strong ability to foster excellence in education as evidenced by ongoing contributions to the improvement of student learning and the learning environment;
  • Demonstrate leadership in educational activities at the school, district, and/or state and national level that take place both within or outside the school setting;
  • Have the respect and admiration of students, parents, and colleagues; AND
  • Demonstrate poise, eloquence, and the ability to maintain a demanding schedule.