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2019 Teacher of the Year Program
The Texas Teacher of the Year is the highest honor that the State of Texas can bestow upon a teacher. Region 7 facilitates this process on behalf of TASA. The Teacher of the Year Program annually recognizes and rewards an Elementary and Secondary teacher who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and excellence in teaching.

Electronic Submissions of the completed application (Section I-IV) and a photograph should be submitted to Summer Stone, Region 7 Communications Specialist (sstone@esc7.net; 903.988.6972) by 4:30 p.m. Thursday, June 7, 2018.
Region 7 ESC TOY Program Application & Submission Guidelines

Submission Deadline: June 7, 2018 by 4:30pm
Submit via email to communications@esc7.net


All of the following requirements must be met in order for a nominee's application to be accepted for the regional program.

Application Instructions

  • Complete the application packet, providing all requested information. Incomplete applications will be rejected.

  • Be brief and succinct in responses to essay questions, focusing on the most significant experiences and characteristics. Candidates who add a personal touch to their applications will produce stronger entries, as well as provide contest judges — who have a limited amount of time to evaluate each entry — with applications that are more readable and that highlight applicant strengths. 

  • Section I must be submitted on the form provided. Sections II-IV should be produced using your own word-processing software. Following the formatting instructions below. The result should be a clean, clear copy suitable for easy black-and-white copying and placement in a three-ring binder with other applications. 
  • Make sure the applicant, the applicant's principal, and the applicant's district superintendent (chief school administrator) sign the application.
  • Applications must be submitted electronically by the superintendent/charter director's office. Please contact Summer Stone at 903-988-6972 if you have questions or concerns.
  • Include a color photograph of the applicant. Electronic ONLY (color, portrait orientation, 300 dpi, jpg format), suitable for publicity purposes (professional headshot such as a school photo). Please no cellphone selfies, PDFs, or Word documents with photos embedded. No photocopies or photographs of photos will be accepted.

  • Submit an electronic copy (PDF preferred) of the completed application form (Section I), the pages you create in your word-processing software to provide the information requested in Sections II-IV, and photograph, with required original signatures to Summer Stone at Region 7 ESC by 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 7, 2018.This is considered the official entry, and any failure to meet this deadline will result in disqualification. 

  • Both applicants and their districts should retain copies of entry materials, as originals cannot be returned.


Formatting 

  • Section I must be submitted on the form provided on page 2 of the application packet. 

  • Sections II-IV should be produced using your own word-processing software. Start each section on a new page and include the section number and heading at the top. (For sections that allow for a multi-page response, repeat the section number and heading on page 2 and subsequent pages, adding “continued.”) 

  • Number all pages and adhere to the word or page limits specified for each section; additional pages and/or materials submitted will NOT be presented to the Selection Committee. 

  • Use at least 1-inch margins, a minimum of 10-point, easy-to-read type, and double space. 

  • The result should be a clean, clear copy suitable for easy black-and-white copying and placement in a three-ring binder with other applications.

Both the regional and the state program recognizes a Teacher of the Year in both elementary and secondary categories. Participating districts and open-enrollment charter schools may nominate two teachers - one in elementary and one in secondary education. Please visit the TASA website for the program overview and eligibility requirements.

Timeline 

June 7, 2018--District- or charter operator-nominated Teacher of the Year applications due to the appropriate Regional 7 Education Service Center by 4:30 p.m.

June – July 2018 Judging takes place at the Regional ESCs to determine the 40 Texas Teacher of the Year semifinalists (Regional Teachers of the Year)

July 27, 2018--Regional ESCs’ 2019 Teacher of the Year selection process ends

August 1, 2018--Complete applications of the Regional Elementary Teacher of the Year and Regional Secondary Teacher of the Year due to TASA by 5 p.m. CST

August 6, 2018--Semifinalist judging takes place at TASA Headquarters in Austin to determine the six Texas Teacher of the Year finalists

August 2018--Press release announcing the 2018 Texas Teacher of the Year finalists released

September 13, 2018--Texas Teacher of the Year finalists interviewed; judges select one Texas Elementary Teacher of the Year and one Texas Secondary Teacher of the Year (one is chosen to represent Texas in the National Teacher of the Year program)

September 13, 2018--The Regional Teachers of the Year meet in Austin for an evening orientation dinner.

September 14, 2018--The Texas Teacher of the Year Awards Ceremony is held in Austin, and the Texas Elementary and Secondary Teachers of the Year are announced.

TBD--The completed National Texas Teacher of the Year packet is due to TASA for signature and submission to the national office on behalf of the 2019 Texas Teacher of the Year.

Sample Applications

Below are several applications submitted by previous Region 7 winners that nominees may review so they may be familiar with a winning application.