The Michigan Department of Education is seeking nominations by parents, students and educators for the statewide recognition. The online form is open now through 11:59 p.m. Oct. 20.
To be eligible, teachers must have at least five years of teaching experience in Michigan, a teaching certificate valid in the state and “be involved in the direct education of students.”
The Meemic Foundation sponsors the program, which dates back to 1952.
The selected teacher will become the spokesperson for Michigan teachers, and will attend state and national Teacher of the Year events and monthly State Board of Education meetings.
In a press release, State Superintendent Brian Whiston said, “Great teachers are found in every school in our state. The Michigan Teacher of the Year program has honored outstanding Michigan educators for decades and is the one enduring tribute to this important profession.”
Pam Harlin, director of the Meemic Foundation, said the foundation is “driven to actively give back and support inspiring recognition programs like the (Teacher of the Year) that provides a platform for thought-provoking conversations, and action, on enriching education standards throughout this state.”