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The Washington Post Teacher of the Year Award

Please reach out to your principals, teachers, staff and share the nomination information for the WP Awards.

The WPost has a new guidelines - please read carefullyAll submissions are requested to be submitted electronically.

A PGCPS committee will review the nominations - select the final winner for each category - present them to the CEO for approval - and then provide the information to the Post.

All nomination packages must be submitted electronically in PDF form by 5 p.m. on Friday, January 8, 2016 (extended deadline - late submissions will not be accepted) to DO NOT SUBMIT TO WASHINGTON POST DIRECTLY. Download packet >>


Quality education is essential to the well being of our society, and good teachers are the foundation of our educational system. The Washington Post established the Teacher of the Year Award to recognize teachers who exemplify excellence in their profession. The goals of The Washington Post Teacher of the Year Award has always been to recognize excellence in teaching, to encourage creative and quality instruction and to contribute in a substantive way to the improvement of education in the Washington metropolitan area. 


Teachers must first be nominated and one finalist will be selected by their local school system. Nomination deadlines are set by the individual school system. Specific information can be obtained from the school system’s awards coordinator. Each participating public school system will receive and screen nominations and will select one finalist from each eligible jurisdiction, in accordance with the criteria and nomination process.


 Nominees must be full-time teachers (in grades pre-kindergarten through 12) in an accredited school. Each nominee must have a minimum of five years teaching experience, three of which must be in the school or school system in which he or she is currently serving.


Nominees must be teachers who:

  • Instill in students a desire to learn and achieve
  • Understand the individual needs of students, encourage their talents and foster their self-esteem
  • Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of subject matter and the ability to share it effectively with students
  • Foster cooperative relationships with their colleagues and the community
  • Demonstrate outstanding leadership
  • Maintain their teaching position throughout the 2016-2017 school year NOMINATION PROCESS Nominations may be submitted by teachers, students, former students, parents, administrators or the general public. Teachers may not nominate themselves. 
  • Nomination materials must include:
    • A minimum of four statements of support, one of which must be from a professional educator 
    • A career summary 
    • A 200 word biography, written to highlight the specific award for which the awardee was nominated. See example submission below:
      Sample: John Doe is a teacher at Franklin Pierce Public Charter School in Washington, D.C. Franklin Pierce serves a unique population and it takes an exceptional educator to successfully motivate students to achieve their best academically while encouraging them to grow and mature socially and emotionally. “Each child has individual and specific requirements and John makes sure that each need is met with an innovative and caring approach,” wrote a parent, whose daughter is in his class. Mr. Doe began his career in education as a speech pathologist in the Prince George’s County Public School system in 1993. There he developed and implemented communication-based programs for students with autism, learning, and physical disabilities. Mr. Doe earned his MEd and BS in speech/language pathology from Keene University in Keene, NH. 
    • A description of contributions in each of the nomination criteria
    • One vertical color photograph. Headshot only. The image must be a JPG file, and at least 2 MB.


A selection committee of individuals that represent teachers, administrators, parents, and The Washington Post will review nomination materials for each finalist. Nominations are scored using a standardized rubric. Starting this year, one (1) finalist will be selected as The Washington Post Teacher of the Year. The winner will be notified by The Washington Post on Friday, February 26, 2016. 


The teacher of the year earns tremendous respect as the Washington area’s best teacher. This reputation means prestige in the community and across the Washington region. The winning finalist will receive a signature trophy, a $7,500 monetary award, a feature spot in a . page ad that runs in The Washington Post newspaper, a profile in The Washington Post and on All other finalists will receive a certificate of appreciation from The Washington Post.