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    It’s time once again to recognize the outstanding efforts of our talented and hard-working teachers. We are now accepting campus nominations for the 2018-19 Teachers of the Year. Each campus will select ONLY ONE winner. Campus winners must be full-time certified employees. Classroom teachers traditionally are nominated. Librarians and counselors who teach at least four hours a day are also eligible. Administrators are not eligible, according to state and national guidelines.

    Use a democratic process to select your campus nominee. Here are some suggestions:

    • Seek nominations from faculty and staff. Narrow the candidates to three finalists and select a winner by a vote from all staff.
    • Create a committee to interview the top candidates. You might consider using your CIT, Employee of the Month or a committee involving parents, teachers and staff, maybe students. If you prefer, you can have your committee select a winner by asking finalists to complete an essay or answer interview questions in written form. Below are some possible questions for your finalists:
      • What experiences, people or events inspired you to become a teacher?
      • Describe your significant contributions and accomplishments in education.
      • How important is the role of a teacher today?
    • Alternatively, you might ask administrators and/or department heads to nominate candidates, and then narrow it down to the top 10 finalists with the top teacher selected by a vote from all staff.

    Included on this page is a data sheet for your campus Teacher of the Year to fill out online. They will be required to also complete an essay and email it to 2019episdtoy@episd.org by WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13.

    The following is an outline of the selection process which mirrors that of the Texas Teacher of the Year Program:

    • You will share the webpage with your nominee in order to complete the datasheet and essay online. 
    • Your nominee will be required to compose an 800-word essay, double spaced and at least a 10 pt. font. The datasheet should be completed via the website and the essay should be emailed to 2019episdtoy@episd.org by WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13.
    • The essay must incorporate the following:
      • Describe your personal feelings and beliefs about teaching, including your own ideas of what makes you an outstanding teacher. Describe the rewards you find in teaching.
      • How are your beliefs about teaching demonstrated in your personal teaching style?
      • How do you incorporate innovation and student engagement in day-to-day instruction?
    • The panel of judges will review all of the submissions and make their selection of finalists. 
    • Only finalists will be required to go through an interview. The finalists will be notified of their date and time for their interview.
    • All other campus nominees will be notified of the date and time for their photograph only.
    • The interview process will take place April 3 and 4 at the Education Center on Boeing.
    • The winners, along with all the other campus nominees, will be named at the Teacher of the Year Celebration on April 26 at the Centennial Conference & Banquet Center.

    If you have any questions, call Sonia Villa 230-2570. Thank you and good luck

  • Contact

    Sonia Villa
    Assistant Director
    (915) 230-2570

  • Schedule of Events 

    February 13
    Datasheet and essay should be sent to the Office of Community Engagement.

    Interview process

    Finalists announced

    April 26
    Teacher of the Year Celebration at the Centennial Conference & Banquet Center