NMCTE Teacher of the Year Award

Before submitting a nomination, please check the requirements for the award:

  • The nominee must be or become a member of NMCTE.

  • The nomination form must be filled out in entirety and submitted by August 31, 2019.

  • If the nominee is selected as a finalist, he/she will be contacted through email and may be asked to submit additional information such as letters of recommendation from colleagues, administrators, students and/or parents, curriculum, etc.

One teacher will be awarded each year with the TOYA. Winners will be recognized at NMCTE's Annual Fall Conference.   

Award Criteria

Candidates will be judged based upon the following criteria:

  • Teaching

  • Service

  • Professional Activities

Nominators and candidates are encouraged to consider addressing any or all of the activities listed below, in order to demonstrate the candidate’s unique qualifications for the award.


  • Curriculum Development

  • Teaching Innovations

  • Relationships with Students, Parents, Colleagues, Administrators, etc.

  • Engagements with Students in Educational Activities (Outside of Classroom)

  • Teaching Honors, Awards, or Recognition

  • Other Demonstrations of Quality Teaching

Service (Outside of Classroom)

  • Community Service

  • Service to the School

  • Service within School District

  • Service to Professional Organizations

  • Service Honors, Awards, or Recognition

  • Other Areas of Service

Professional Activities Research

  • Publication

  • Membership/Participation in Professional Organizations

  • Professional Development and/or Continued Education

  • Awards and/or Certifications

  • Other Contributions to the Profession

Use the form below to submit a nomination for this award. If you have any questions, please contact NMCTE.