State Nomination Process
The Delaware Teacher of the Year Program adheres to the requirements of the National Program regarding schedules; composition of the portfolios; and areas in which nominees will be judged. We are glad that we can go beyond the National guidelines by giving more attention to selected nominees at work in the classroom and by having persons from outside the Department make the final recommendation.
Following the submission of the portfolios, selected Department of Education staff members and selected former state and local district Teachers of the Year shall be assigned in pairs to read two nominee’s portfolios and observe those nominees in the classroom. Another group of Department of Education Staff members are assigned to read all of the portfolios and rate them based on forms found in the Teacher of the Year Program Guide. Based on the numerical ratings from both the portfolio readers and from the observations, three nominees shall be identified as finalists for consideration by a panel of judges.
The panel of judges shall include: the current State Teacher of the Year; the President of the Delaware State PTA; the President of the State Student Council Association; a member of the State Board of Education; a representative of the Chamber of Commerce; the President of the Delaware State Education Association; and the Chair of the Professional Standards Board or, if necessary, their designees. The judges shall recommend one person for the Secretary of Education to declare as the State Teacher of the Year.