The Arizona Educational Foundation’s AEF™ Teacher of the Year program is the only statewide teacher recognition program that spotlights the contributions of Arizona’s public school teachers. The AEF™ Teacher of the Year program annually honors 10 exceptionally skilled, dedicated public school teachers.
Applicants are experts in their field who 1). guide students of all backgrounds and abilities to achieve excellence; 2). collaborate alongside colleagues, students, and families to create a school culture of respect and success; 3). continually focus on connecting the classroom and key stakeholders to foster a strong community at large; 4). are leaders of innovation in and outside of the classroom; 5). are believers in life-long learning; and 5). are able to express themselves in an engaging and articulate way.
ELIGIBILITY: Any full-time certified teacher working in Arizona at a state-accredited public school or school operating under the Bureau of Indian Education is eligible for nomination.
Additionally, nominees must:
Spend the majority (over 50%) of their teaching assignment in direct instruction to students.
Teach any grade Pre-K-12th (or combination) in Arizona. Teachers may work in any content area, including Special Education, P.E., the Arts, etc.
Have completed at least six (6) full years as a classroom teacher at the time the application is submitted with the most recent three years in Arizona.
Be a full-time teacher and plan to continue in an active teaching status through school year 2022.
Not have been selected as an AEF™ Teacher of the Year, Semifinalist or Ambassador for Excellence in the past.
Be available to fulfill ambassadorial duties during the year of service and be supported by their employer.
NOMINATION PROCESS: Schools, Districts, and individuals may nominate more than one teacher. Please note that submitting multiple nominations for the same teacher does NOT give them an advantage. Any teacher with any number of nominations who meets the eligibility requirements will be invited to apply.
DEADLINE: Complete the form below to nominate an eligible teacher for the 2022 Arizona Teacher of the Year Award. Nominations must be completed online on or before 5:00 p.m., April 30th, 2021.
NEXT STEPS: Once a nomination is received, AEF notifies the teacher and sends them a link to the online application, which must be completed and submitted by the teacher on or before the June 5th, 2021 deadline.
QUESTIONS: If you have questions regarding eligibility, please call or email Kim Graham at 480-421-9376 or firstname.lastname@example.org before completing the nomination form.