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Teacher of the Year

The goal of the statewide Teacher of the Year program is to recognize and honor the tremendous contributions of outstanding classroom teachers. The South Dakota Department of Education defines a classroom teacher as being a person who has a class of his/her own and spends at least three or more hours per day, five days a week, for six or more calendar months during a school year in a classroom teaching students. The South Dakota Department of Education has determined school counselors, school psychologists, and school social workers are NOT eligible. Any teacher retiring at the end of the 2020-2021 school term is not eligible. 

How is the Teacher of the Year selected?

Local Steps:

1. Use online nomination form to nominate a teacher by the deadline of February 5, 2021. The link to the nomination form for 2020-2021 is https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ysdtoy.

2. Nominees may choose to fill out additional forms if they want to be considered by YSD staff and YSD selection committee for local teacher of the year.  The Regional application can be found on the right side of this page.  The deadline to return the application to the superintendent's office is Monday, March 1 at 4:30 pm.  

3. Based on outcome of staff voting, South Dakota Department of Education criteria, the selection committee determines Teacher of the Year.

When is the Teacher of the Year selected?
Yankton School District announces its Teacher of the Year in April of each year the Recognition Social.   

How do I nominate a teacher?

Each TOY candidate should:
  • Have a superior ability to inspire students of ALL backgrounds and abilities to learn;
  • Be an exceptionally skilled and dedicated classroom teacher pre-k thru grade 12
  • Be planning to continue in an active teaching status
  • Have the respect and admiration of students, parents, and colleagues;
  • Play an active and useful role in the community as well as in the school; and
  • Be poised, articulate, and be energetic.
What happens after a teacher of the year is selected?

Each District Teacher of the Year becomes a nominee for his or her district’s Regional Teacher of the Year Award. If the District TOY is selected as the Regional TOY, he or she becomes a nominee for the South Dakota TOY. If chosen as the South Dakota TOY, he/she then becomes a candidate for the National TOY.