The Teacher of the Year Award is reserved for teachers that:
Exhibit exemplary performance in the classroom;
Are accepted and respected by colleagues and administrators;
Are innovative, creative, and enthusiastic;
Are involved in extracurricular activities within the school or school district;
Have demonstrated outstanding contributions and/or leadership in the school, the community, and the profession;
Exhibit a willingness to share expertise with others;
Have completed at least one full year of teaching; are full-time teachers and will continue to teach after nomination.