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Award to an Alaska Classroom Teacher for Outstanding Contributions to Education

2024 Alaska Teacher of the Year (TOY)

GrantWatch ID# 172911
Agency: State

Funding Source
Alaska Department of Education and Early Development (DEED)
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Geographic Focus
USA: Alaska

Important Dates
Deadline: 01/31/23

Grant Description
Award to an Alaska teacher to recognize outstanding contributions to the quality of classroom education. The award is intended to honor educators who exemplify teaching excellence, leadership, and community involvement. The winning teacher will go on for consideration in the national pool.

The National Teacher of the Year (NTOY) Program began in 1952 and continues as the oldest, most prestigious national honors program that focuses public attention on excellence in teaching. The NTOY is chosen from among the State Teachers of the Year by a National Selection Committee representing the major national education organizations. Each April, the NTOY is introduced to the American people by the President of the United States.

During the official year of recognition, the NTOY Program is released from classroom duties to travel nationally and internationally as a spokesperson and advocate for the teaching profession. The teacher's home state and district ensure the teacher's salary and benefits. All scheduling and logistical arrangements for the National Teacher are coordinated through the NTOY Program. National Teachers average over 150 events each year before audiences ranging from several hundred to over ten thousand. Television, radio, and the print media readily utilize National Teachers to represent the voice of education. The National Teacher may be called upon to represent American educators to audiences in other nations. National Teachers are frequently requested to sit on national and state commissions and policy advising bodies.

A Candidate for Teacher of the Year:

  • Is an expert in their field who guides students of all backgrounds and abilities to achieve excellence.
  • Collaborates with colleagues, students, and families to create a school culture of respect and success.
  • Deliberately connects the classroom and key stakeholders to foster a strong community at large.
  • Demonstrates leadership and innovation in and outside of the classroom walls that embodies lifelong learning.
  • Expresses themselves in an engaging and articulate way.
  • Has five (5) or more years of experience in the field of education.


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Criteria for Eligibility
Nominees should:
- Have five (5) or more years of experience in the field of education.
- Be a classroom teacher during the 2023-2024 school year

Pre-Application Information
The nomination period closes on January 31, 2023.

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Contact Information
Nomination form:

For questions, contact

Program Coordinator
Hollins Emili
(907) 269-6757

Alaska Dept. of Education & Early Development
PO Box 110500, Juneau, AK 99811-0500
Main Phone: (907) 465-2800
Main Fax: (907) 465-4156

Teacher Certification
Phone: (907) 465-2831
Fax: (907) 465-2441

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