The Key to the Classroom Award recognizes the achievements of SSD classroom teachers who have demonstrated exceptional skill, dedication and learning success with students. The qualities sought in teachers for this award reflect those required for Missouri Teacher of the Year. These teachers are often the key to learning for their students and are resourceful in finding ways to reach students of all abilities and backgrounds. They often are ambassadors for their school or district in the community, as well.
Nominees will be interviewed by a District committee; typically, 10 teachers are selected for the award and one of them will be selected as the SSD Teacher of the Year. Note: The SSD Teacher of the Year will be the District's candidate for DESE's regional and state TOY competitions.
Key to the Classroom Award recipients and the SSD Teacher of the Year will be honored at the Salute to SSD event in the spring (date TBA; the District will determine whether the event will be in person or virtual). Nominators of Key to the Classroom recipients also will be invited to the event.
Nominee must be a classroom teacher who is employed by SSD during the current school year.
Nominee should be highly skilled educator who inspires students of all backgrounds and abilities.
Nominee should be poised, articulate, and energetic, comfortable with a role that would require him/her to communicate on behalf of the state's educators (in case he/she were selected as the Missouri Teacher of the Year).
Nominations can be made by SSD staff, parents, partner district staff, students, or community members.
Any group nominations (multiple nominators listed on the same form) will be treated as one nomination; the person who submits the nomination form will be treated as the lead nominator and will receive communications about the award.
Past winners of the award will not be eligible to win again for the next five years. To find out whether a potential nominee has been a Key Award winner since 2017,
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