Winners from 2021
Somerset Parkland Academy
Mr. Sage taught my daughter for two consecutive years he is THE best teacher his passion to help a child unlock their potential goes far and above normal...
George Washington Carver Elementary School
Coral Gables, FL
Alexandra Dominguez is in her 9th year of teaching at G.W. Carver Elementary. She has the challenging role of teaching 5th grade both virtually and in person this school year. She has been actively involved in other roles outside of her direct teaching...
Middle College High School
Mr. Dino has been an advocate for the advancement of science education. He has participated in many state-sponsored workshops and training for science teachers in New Mexico. In particular he became a workshop facilitator for Making Sense of Science-Wave...
Ednovate, USC Hybrid High School
Los Angeles, CA
Andrea immigrated to the US with her parents at the age of 4 from Latin America thanks to her efforts she was able to obtain her bachelor's degree and then her master's degree in Education. After 2 years teaching English as an assistant teacher in Spain she...
GECDSB - Program Department
Andrea is a stellar educator who puts her heart and soul into all she does to inspire other educators and make a difference in the lives of so many. She approaches teaching with a kind patient and calm demeanour that allow her learners to feel safe taking...
Mariposa Elementary School
Mrs. Maurer is the most amazing teacher! She makes Kindergarten magical for children and their families. She always goes above and beyond for her students. She is always looking for ways to improve so that she can best meet the needs of all of her students...
Doral Academy Elementary
Angie has been a beloved teacher at Doral Academy since the school opened its doors in 2000. Every morning she greets her students with a huge smile & hug. Many of her former students come see her everyday just to tell her they miss her. Angie teaches the...
Greater Essex County District School Board
Angeline is an exceptional educator with vast knowledge and experience particularly in Kindergarten and French Education. She is a strong advocate for children and believes that all children are competent and curious learners. Angeline creates an environment...
General McLane School District
Anna Elliott is a student support teacher. As seen in her pictures she is a super hero teacher! Mrs Elliot normalizes with her students she gets to their level where ever that might be that day and helps them understand their value to be able to succeed. She...
Park Trails Elementary
Mrs. Luca is the most deserving loving and supportive teacher there is. I have had the privilege of being her daughter for the past 18 years and her beautiful heart has always shined. When it comes to her chosen profession my mom's family values of commitment...
Inlet Grove High School
Riviera Beach, FL
Ms. Goldstein has been an educator for over 10 years working with struggling readers in high school. She has an exceptional pass rate for the reading graduation requirement in the state of Florida. Although distance learning has been difficult through hard...
Evans High School
Ms. Steadman teaches AP Environmental Science and Honors Envir. Science at Evans High School which is a Title 1 School in Orlando FL. She consistently goes above and beyond to ensure that all her students are engaged and understanding the material. She makes...
Brenda Cowan Elementary School
Mr. Austin Vahle is the drama teacher at Brenda Cowan Elementary (BCE). While he is only in his second year of teaching he has made significant contributions to his school and community. Besides his teaching duties Mr. Vahle serves as a Jr. Beta Club advisor...
Sheridan Technical High School
Fort Lauderdale, FL
My goal is to have my students feel like they are heard valued and respected in my English class. I want to see my students hearts and their stories. There are so many sad things happening in the world that I want to make sure my students know they are...
Binks Forest Elementary
I am nominating Mrs. Brandie Soto for this generous award sponsored by NCL. Mrs. Soto is a proud educator of Palm Beach County home of the Binks Forest Elementary Owls. This year she was the recipient of an extraordinary teacher award for having gone above...
Colfax K-8 (Pittsburgh Public Schools)
Mr. Payne goes above and beyond for his special education students as well as ALL students at his school. Mr. Payne teaches through his passion for music and uses his comedic side via Snapchat to read books and create characters to keep the students engaged...
Lyon Magnet School
This year my dad has not only been my teacher at home remote but he has welcomed 37 of his students into our house. He has taught his 5th graders from a classroom he built in the garage. Some days I wish I could leave my room and join his class. He dresses up...
Burwell Public School
After 21 years of teaching I would like to have the opportunity to try something I have never done before and that is take a cruise. Teaching in a rural community has many traditions embedded in the culture of the school and the community. As a teacher I am...
I am nominating Cary Cabrera for this remarkable award because she is a phenomenal educator and an outstanding person. She goes above and beyond for her students to make sure they get the education they need. She has made a plethora of contributions to her...
East Stroudsburg High School North
Dingmans Ferry, PA
Catherine is a seasoned teacher but has the energy of a newbie. She is a rockstar being the advisor for the senior class student government yearbook and coaches softball. She has been working 12 hour days trying to make a Prom happen for our Senior class in...
George Washington Carver Elementary School
Coral Gables, FL
Claudia C·mara has been an elementary school teacher for 13 years in the state of Florida. She is currently teaching a 4th and 5th grade gifted class at G. W. Carver Elementary School. Ms. C·mara also takes other roles such as the school SECME coordinator...
Florida Virtual School
Pre-Algebra teacher Air Force Veteran volunteers in the community helping in youth sports and high school...
Dodson Branch School
Mrs. Courtney has been an angel for our family. While trying to navigate the craziness of Covid-19 schooling she has been patient and supportive. Add into this circus that she has two Type-1 diabetic students one whom is a newly diagnosed and is still trying...
Cunningham Elementary Austin Independent School District
Like all teachers Darletta's year was very challenging. It began before COVID when her mom suffered a stroke during Thanksgiving which caused Darletta and her siblings to provide 24/7 care for their parents. To make matters more challenging Darletta also had...
Kraft Meadows Middle School
David Sowerby is an inspirational Orchestra Teacher in Caledonia MI. He has battled through massive amounts of health issues including ulcerative colitis primary sclerosing cholangitis a liver transplant and currently a Whipple procedure for...
Crossroad Academy Charter School of Business
De'Garryan is an amazing teacher with 11 years experience. He works hard for his students and is very passionate about helping all students succeed. As a new husband and soon-to-be new father he has many upcoming life changes and his classroom and instruction...
Hato Rey, PR
For my passion to teach and hard work. I dedicate most of my time to help my student not just in their classes but in give them thecnics to make good decisions in live because at the end they will needed most in life. To be a teacher is more than teach...
Maggie Cordova Elementary
Rio Rancho, NM
I would love to nominate my mom. She is not only a teacher but a breast cancer survivor twice in her life. Through all rounds of chemo and multiple surgeries. She showed her strength and bravery by being a teacher assistant to kids of special ed. She showed...
Mabel Hoggard Magnet ES
Las Vegas, NV
Ms. Mack has taught over 4600 children in her 34-year career. As a final gift to her students and school she wants to win a cash prize for the beloved animals at Mabel Hoggard Magnet ES in Las Vegas NV. The school has 25 farm animals and 60 small creatures;...
Yeshiva Derech HaTorah
Mrs. Hacker has been a math teacher for 23 years and is currently teaching 6 classes in two different schools as well as helping students with after school hours. Mrs. Hacker is known for her passion and love for teaching for always doing what is best for the...
Multicultural Arts School
Ed Cisneros is a theatre teacher that has been giving his students his all for over 14 years. He has always chosen to remain at his public neighborhood high school bringing the world of theatre to an entire generation of historically underserved students. Mr....
Cooper City High School
Cooper City, FL
Elyse is the most caring and passionate teacher around. Her relationship with her students is by far one of the best relationships I've seen between a teacher and a student. The students always confine in her. The students trust her. They also keep her hip...
Conrad Schools of Science
I'd like to nominate my husband because he and his students have had a tough year of transition due to the pandemic where he has helped his students learn and excel in chemistry despite the difficulties. He has been able to hold & show chemistry labs and...
C.A. Boswell Elementary School
Serving as a teacher in a low income area for over 30 years Francis contiues to go out of her way to help her students succeed. She selflessly invests her money to provide supplies for students in need. She stays late to tutor struggling students on her own...
Aiea High School
My husband Gabriel Kealoha is a high school history and social studies teacher for 9th graders at Aiea High in Hawaii. He is currently facing his second battle with cancer Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) which is terminal! Even while he under goes his...
True North Classical Academy
Mrs. Zapata is a Kinder teacher at True North Classical Academy. Her nickname is Mary Poppins because she loves wearing dresses making people smile & singing songs. Just like Mary Poppins she creates an atmosphere where students are free to learn make...
Boynton Beach, FL
Ms. Hamilton is a phenomenal Kindergarten teacher. Her love passion & dedication to make an impact on her children is incomparable. Every day she greets her students with a smile & a daily affirmation. She does everything she can to ensure her...
Coral Cove Elementary School
Jade Pudsey is an awe-inspiring elementary school teacher. She always goes the extra mile spending many nights and weekends working on new ways to engage and stimulate the minds of the future. When learning became virtual Jade exceeded expectations making her...
Sierra Verde STEAM Academy
I am nominating Janet Cerjak because she's not your ordinary teacher she's so much more.She went into teaching due to her love for kids and to develop young minds which she's done at the Kindergarten level for 21 years. I sound biased being her husband but...
Wynford Local Schools
Mr. Cox is a middle school social studies teacher at Wynford Local Schools in Bucyrus Ohio. He has a passion for teaching diversity and modeling to his students how to respect people of difficult cultural backgrounds. Even through this year's pandemic he...
Canton High School
Jeff Blakeslee or JB as most students call him is a faciliteacher unlike any other. I had the pleasure of being JB's student for three classes- Honors Humanities Adv. Sci-Fi and Adv. Composition and the positive impact on my education and well-being in the...
Dublin Coffman High School
Miss Miltner loves teaching and she especially loves teaching her kids (as she calls us). This year was hard on all of our teachers and they all did an amazing job of making us the students the #1 priority. Miss Miltner was very nervous about Covid because of...
Cumberland High School
she's the best teacher ever and does so much for her students! She deserves a...
ST John Fisher School
Mrs. Grenz has been making magic as a first grade teacher for our kids for over 30 years. She brings nature and fun into the classroom and brings the classroom to nature whenever possible. She has worked tirelessly during the pandemic teaching both online and...
Ansonia High School
Mr. Merenda is a straight-edge educator with a passion for comics movies TV video games and of course - TEACHING! As the self-proclaimed King of Tieland he boasts an impressive collection of over 500 ties (with matching socks) and wears a different outfit...
Lincoln Alexander Public School
Joel has been a teacher in the York Region District School Board (a suburb of Toronto) for 35 years! When the movie Mr. Holland's Opus came out in 1995 I thought this IS JOEL - - a teacher who can change the world by his teachings to children. He is known for...
Northridge Academy High School
I do everything that I can to ensure that students have fun and learn in my class. My goal is to create well rounded individuals who make the world a better place to live. I achieve this by developing engaging lessons teaching with passion and high energy and...
Silver Valley High School
I am a teacher who cares deeply about my students and their future success. I will do anything to make sure my students receive the best education possible. I also coach many sports and sponsor many clubs on...
Bill Crothers Secondary School
I am 47 years old. I have been a teacher for 24 years. I teach students with special needs in a community class. I love my job my students and my team. I could use a break though...
Union Academy Charter School
Julie is my daughter-in-law. Not only has she weathered this pandemic crisis by working from home (preparing lessons making videos etc.) she also was hit with her mother's cancer and was helping her Dad and sisters care for her until her death (August 2020)....
Doral International Academy of Math and Science
Mrs. Gaudi is very caring hardworking and dedicated to serving each student. Her willingness to help others and teach in a fun environment are like no other. She works hard for her students and is very passionate about helping all students succeed. During...
Walter C. Young Middle
Pembroke Pines, FL
Mr. Bona works tirelessly to help students achieve their highest success. He teaches Microsoft Industry Certification and Introduction to coding to middle school students. When the students complete the 3 year program they receive a Microsoft Certification in...
Howard W Blake High School
She goes above and beyond with teaching she teaches Ap Environmental science and she the only teacher in the school who teaches it. She gets us to pay attention to our surroundings makes us think about our future and the paths we should take to re-do the...
Health Careers High School
San Antonio, TX
Kim teaches AP Chemistry at Health Careers High School in San Antonio. She consistently goes above and beyond for her students and inspires them both in and out of the classroom. Her desire is to instill a love of Chemistry in her students and many have gone...
Jenison Public Schools
My son and daughter both had Kristin as a teacher. She is dedicated and encourages all of her students to Change the World! As I've learned more about Kristin she is truly inspiring to me. She and her husband spent the early days of their marriage teaching in...
Nasonville Elementary School
Mrs. Vantassel is an incredible teacher who goes above and beyond for all of her students. She loves teaching hands-on lessons that are relevant to the lives of her students. In her classroom she has a cricket machine 3D printer augmented reality sandbox and...
Mrs. Snapp has been teaching for 13 years. She started out teaching in elementary and is now teaching Health Science in High School. Each year Mrs. Snapp teaches a Health Science class that takes students to the hospital and teaches them what happens in a...
Roger Williams Middle School
Ms. Barlow teaches middle school performing arts in an urban school. I worked with Ms. Barlow this year. She works hard to support a diverse learning community. Approximately 31% of her students are multilingual learners and over 50% come from homes where...
Western Boone Jr/Sr High School
Mrs. Baker is an amazing band director and music teacher for our rural school district. She teaches in both the Jr/Sr high school and the elementary school traveling between them daily. She makes music fun and accessible for all ages and abilities. Throughout...
Georgia Connections Academy
Lisa's job has been to teach virtually for several years but the pandemic increased their school's enrollment and brought an increased focus to how all teachers are performing with their students. Without missing a beat she has consistently enriched her...
Garden City, NY
I would like to nominate Lucia Ruggiero. Lucia has been an inspiration to me and to all her students. She has dealt with many disappointments during Covid but has fought and made her little students her top priority. Lucia graduated with honors from St....
It was extremely hard for parents and students to adapt to technology when covid hit. I teach in a very low income area in Fresno parents here are most stayed at home and without any knowledge of technology and without any education background. I have 24...
Vintage High School
Manny is a special education teacher at Vintage High in Napa Ca. with a focus on math. He has been a teacher for over 20 years working with students who needed special attention and care. Manny likes to say kids do not care how much I know until they know how...
Fremont Elementary School
Mary is an amazing teacher. She loves to teach children to learn. She works with high risk readers and is able to help identify learning disorders. She has made a difference in so many lives. Adults return to tell her how she changed their life forever! She...
Phillip C. Showell Elementary
Mary Kerr or better known to her family and friends as Christy gives a 110% of herself every day to help benefit her staff and students at Showell Elementry School. Christy has spent several sleepless nights and has given hours and hours of her family time to...
George Bannerman Dealey Montessori
Creative, Funny and Upbeat are just some of the words that we use to describe art teacher Matthew Mazur! Whether it is helping middle school students prepare portfolios to pursue visual art in high school featuring student artwork in professionally published...
Archbishop Prendergast Catholic High School
Drexel Hill, PA
How do you describe someone that is indescribable. What do you buy the richest man in the world for his birthday. Studentsfriends and family used words such as invested accessible approachable understanding caring color blind and a great listener just to name...
Fallsington Elementary School
This amazing learning support teacher at Fallsington Elementary Pennsbury PA helps all students in the school. Four years ago she launched the school's Girls on the Run after school program to inspire girls to be joyful healthy and confident using a fun...
Rehobeth Elementary School
My wife Megan is a TAG teacher at Rehobeth Elementary School in south Alabama. She has been an educator for 6 years. Her passion for touching the lives of her students goes beyond the classroom. She helps manage the Jr. Beta club at her school which is...
Colonial Intermediate Unit 20
I had the distinct pleasure of meeting Ms. Owens when I was a high school student. Her kind actions selfless personality drive for inclusivity and dedication to helping students succeed are just some of the wonderful traits she possesses. It was the Summer of...
California State University Long Beach
Long Beach, CA
Michael Trimmell is an amazing educator. He started his career as an Elementary Science teacher continued on to be an Assistant Principal and has been servicing as an Elementary School Principal for over 9 years. In addition to being a Principal he is also a...
Westglades Middle School
Michelle Matteis-Combs has been teaching in South Florida for over 13 years. During those years she has never given up her passion for teaching even after being displaced from multiple schools due to budget cuts enduring the school shooting in Parkland and...
Hillsborough IB High School
Mr. Mikulec goes above and beyond most while teaching AP European History at Hillsborough High School a course that is considered one of the hardest that the College Board offers. He makes this difficult course much easier to understand through his...
Wimauma Elementary School
I would like to nominate Mrs. Miranda Spano who is a kindergarten teacher at Wimauma Elementary in Wimauma Forida. She has passion for teaching and makes learning fun for her 5 year olds. She loves her kids and makes each of them feel like they are important....
Humble High School
My teacher is very motivating and caring with passion to her job. she will go out of her way to teach us and encourage us to not give up. Has high expectations and won't take no for an answer pushes us to the best we can be. During this pandemic she has been...
Chillicothe R-2 School District
Natalie has been teaching 25 years. She always puts her students first!! In our small town she has taught nearly everyone! She us a great mentor and teacher friend to all who come along!! She deserves this so...
Groton Dunstable Regional High School
Being a part of SeÒora Freitas's class is like being part of a family. I will never forget the first day I walked into her class; we immediately all felt the ambience of acceptance and joy inside her classroom. I was in awe of a teacher that truly cared...
Swansea Public Schools
Mrs. Alexander is not only a high school child development teacher but also a Pre-K teacher. Director of Case's Little Faces this Pre-K class is actually a high school child development class. High School Students are hands on with the Pre-K children as Mrs....
Loyalist College of Applied Arts and Technology
An educator for 30+ years Phil has positively impacted countless students. At age 62 he is teaching communication/counselling skills and FITNESS & lifestyle management to college students! Leading by example he uses the curriculum not just to teach...
R.C Murphy Junior High School
Stony Brook, NY
Mrs. Budnick is one of the kindest people I have ever met. She has been a special education teacher for over 30 years. I have never met someone who would do anything for her students like Mrs. Budnick does. She would give her lunch and clothes to her students...
William Shemin Midtown Community School
Mr. Tonnesen serves as an incredible inspiration to his students and to those around him. He always does his best to make the classroom feel like home even during virtual learning. He is here for his students and teaches Social Studies in a unique manner like...
Tyler Elementary School
I would like nominate Mr. Robert Clark of DCPS. Mr. Clark is a 3rd grade math and science teacher in Washington D.C. He been teaching for twenty-one years. During his years of teaching he had not only been a teacher but a role model male figure big brother...
Arts Education Branch~LAUSD
Los Angeles, CA
Robin is truly an incredible elementary dance teacher that works in some of the most economically challenged schools. She gives her all to every single class and is constantly looking for new ways to engage her students. And she succeeds! She gets EVERYONE...
Indian Trace Elementary Broward County Public Schools
You won't find a more dedicated and caring teacher than Mrs. Rosie Quinonez. Throughout her career she has dedicated herself to helping special education students learn and thrive in school. During Covid she has had to learn how to teach the kids through...
Bridgeton High School
Ms. Belsky is an amazing teacher. Her students absolutely love her and are always seeking her out. She seems to know almost every student in the school. Not only does she do an amazing job teaching students content but she is there for them as people are too....
C.S. 67 The Mohegan School
Samantha teaches in a title 1 school in Bronx NY. She teaches both general ed as well as special ed children. Samantha has worked all through covid teaching 4th grade students both remotely and in person. Samantha is not only an amazing teacher but a giver...
Of humble beginnings, Sammy of Atlanta GA is a teacher musician & author. Understanding & living his life's purpose love God people and children Sammy gained recognition when one of his Freestyle Fridays viral videos. He coined this program as a way...
Kelowna Secondary School
Sandra consistently goes above and beyond by guiding her students to consider all the possibilities and then realize their life goals. She makes time for all of her students to meet face to face to discuss any concerns and seeks out those who need her...
Sandra goes above and beyond each and every single day to support all members of her school community: students teachers parents staff... She is driven by her passion for Early Literacy and her experience in Dual Language is the motor that keeps her running....
Belleville School District
Sara is an amazing teacher that has touched the lives of everyone in the school. On top of running a top notch choir program she has looked for ways to keep the students involved even through a pandemic. Whether it is a zoom karaoke or a music Final Four...
Travis Heights Elementary School
Ms. Chavez has been a bilingual kindergarten teacher for more than 15 years. She puts her heart and soul into all her lessons and ensuring students get off on the right foot learning both English and...
Collinsville High School
Shawn Geppert is a teacher of teachers-to-be and spends every day inspiring the future educators for our children and of the future. She teaches early childhood education at the Collinsville Area Vocational Center where high school students not only learn...
Redford Union School District
A hard and dedicated educator who is committed to his community and students. He was nominated by channel 4 as teacher of the year and has served his community during the pandemic. He is engaging and his students love him and appreciate him a lot. Mr. Thakker...
Dublin Coffman High School
Dr. Steve Kucinski has a collection of notes he's saved from decades of former high school English students. He re-reads and cherishes them like priceless treasures. The writings tell stories of how he motivated changed lives and helped pave paths. This comes...
Windham Middle School SAU 95
Mr. Curry is one of the most selfless caring and hardworking teachers in New Hampshire. He teaches 8th grade math at Windham Middle School. In his 5+ years teaching he has never missed a day. Perfect attendance! Even when he injured his ankle and couldn't...
Fleming Island High School
Fleming Island, FL
Mr. Shannon is an icon who deserves an amazing vacation!! Not only does he teach English literature to juniors and seniors he also teaches jazz band after school and is on staff for the marching band in the fall. Whether it's sharing love for Shakespeare or...
The Comprehensive Learning Center
Sydney is a passionate special education teacher who takes pride in her work. She is dedicated and inspiring in everything she does. Her creativity and love for kids is admirable. This year has been TOUGH in this pandemic for her and she deserves a...
John S. Malcom Elementary School
Laguna Niguel, CA
Mr. Hoffman is one of those rare teachers that hopefully you are fortunate enough to get once in your life. He changes his students for the better by helping them to believe in themselves and by giving each of them the confidence to take on challenges with a...
Lumpkin County Middle School
One of the most effective ways to learn is through experiences like traveling and visiting new places! Mrs. Jones is a lifelong learner and hopes to instill a love for learning by using hands-on activities to highly engage her students in STEAM education. In...
Doral International Academy of Math and Science
As a first year elementary school teacher Ms. Visbal has tried to make the best out of these unprecedented times for her 3rd graders. She brings fun and educational activities into the classroom and is very given to her career and students. She often...