Information & Requirements for Teacher of the Year Nominees
Congratulations on being nominated for County Teacher of the Year! Here you’ll find an overview of the process, your requirements, and helpful materials.
You may want to first read the About section of our website to learn what we’re looking for in a Maine Teacher of the Year. Then you should check out our timeline below. It’s dynamic: when you click on a date, you’ll get more information that will help you prepare and submit your materials on schedule.
There are four distinct phases to the selection of the Maine Teacher of the Year, which are detailed below:
- Phase I: Selection of the sixteen County Teachers of the Year (Jan 4-May 11).
- Phase II: State Semi-finalists (up to eight) are named in June.
- Phase III: State Finalists (three) are named by the end of August.
- Phase IV: The Maine Teacher of the Year is named in October.
Here are the next steps you’ll need to be aware of:
- Nominations for County Teachers of the Year are accepted from January 4 to February 6, 2017. You may choose to opt out; if not, you must prepare and submit your resume and essays by 5 pm on February 23, 2017.
- 3 County Finalists are selected on March 28, 2017. If selected, you’ll have two weeks to gather additional materials: three letters of recommendation, and two short essays (due April 9, 2017).
- County Finalist interviews take place from April 24 to April 27, 2017. NOTE: Some County Review Panels may choose to do phone interviews, or not to do interviews.
- The 16 CTOYs are notified by May 1, 2017 and the official announcement ceremony is held at the State House Hall of Flags on May 11, 2017. May 10th, there is a dinner and program for all CTOYs at The Senator Inn in Augusta.
Then the CTOYs begin preparing for the State Teacher of the Year process. It may sound like a lot of work, but every candidate will have the support of a mentor experienced in the process, as well as your colleagues in your home district. This process is designed by teachers to provide a professional learning opportunity for the candidates.
Good luck, congratulations again on your nomination, and thanks for your commitment to Maine students!