Arizona Education Foundation (AEF) is now accepting nominations for the 2015 AEF Teacher of the Year. Any pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade teacher from a public or charter school in Arizona with at least five years of experience is eligible. Nomination forms must be submitted by Friday, Aug. 1.
Teachers may self-nominate or be nominated by a student, co-worker, principal, parent, friend or family member. Nomination forms are available at www.azedfoundation.org, or email Bobbie O’Boyle at firstname.lastname@example.org. After the nomination is received, a Teacher of the Year application will be sent to the nominated teacher. The teacher must then complete and submit the application by Aug. 29.
This is the 31st year AEF is facilitating the Teacher of the Year program. The organization is looking for nominees that have gained the respect and admiration of students, parents and colleagues by playing an active and useful role in their communities, in addition to their schools, and distinguishing themselves as leaders. They should also possess a unique ability to help all students achieve academically.
In addition to meeting the President of the United States, the AEF 2015 Teacher of the Year will receive a generous prize package including a $15,000 cash award, professional speech training, a full scholarship toward an advanced degree at Argosy University Phoenix and the chance to attend international Space Camp in Huntsville, Ala. The AEF Teacher of the Year becomes Arizona’s candidate for the title of National Teacher of the Year.
Arizona’s winner will be announced at the annual awards luncheon on Nov. 20 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort. Nine additional teachers will be honored at that time.