Applications are now being accepted for the 2019 Iowa Teacher of the Year. The award is an opportunity to recognize an exceptional Iowa teacher who is helping to redefine education. Nominations will be accepted from anyone, including students, parents, school administrators, colleagues, college faculty members, and associations. The deadline to nominate a teacher is April 27, 2018. To enter in your nomination go to: https://www.educateiowa.gov/documents/educator-quality/2017/12/2019-iowa-teacher-year-nomination-form.
The Iowa Teacher of the Year award was established in 1958. The annual program is sponsored by the Department of Education (DE) through an appropriation from the Iowa Legislature. Winners are chosen by a committee that includes DE, the Iowa State Education Association, the School Administrators of Iowa, the Parent Teachers Association, the Area Education Agencies, the Iowa Association of School Boards, the Iowa Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, and the current Iowa Teacher of the Year.
The Teacher of the Year serves as an ambassador to education and as a liaison to primary and secondary schools, higher education, and organizations across the state. Aileen Sullivan of the Ames Community School District was named the 2018 Teacher of the Year.