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5/20/2020 - Teacher of the Year Nominations!

May 20, 2020, Middlebury/Southbury, CT

Region 15 invites all school staff, parents and students to submit nominations for the 2020-21 Pomperaug Regional School District Teacher of the Year.  The Teacher of the Year (TOY) award recognizes excellence for all teachers through the selection of an outstanding representative teacher in the school district.

To make a nomination, please send an email that includes the nominated teacher’s full name, a written narrative that discusses evidence in support of the candidate’s nomination, and the full name of the person making the nomination.  Please include in your email subject line the initials of the school the candidate teaches at, i.e. RMS for Rochambeau Middle School.

Emails can be sent to TOY@Region15.org. All nominations must be received no later than 3:00 pm on Friday, June 5, 2020.

The Region 15 Selection Committee has developed the following guidelines for considering nominations for Teacher of the Year:

  • Demonstrated ability to inspire enthusiasm and motivation for learning in students.
  • Demonstrated use of effective teaching techniques, flexibility of style, innovation, and creativity.
  • Caring relationships with students.
  • Demonstrated commitment to continuing professional growth and development.
  • Respect and admiration of students, colleagues, parents and administration.
  • Personal philosophy and goals.
  • Ability to articulate ideas clearly.
  • Community involvement.

These guidelines will represent general areas for consideration; it is not necessary for the candidate to possess special strengths in every area, since the selection will be based on a holistic assessment of the candidacy. In addition, The Region 15 Teacher of the Year nominees must be tenured teachers in the district and have not received this award previously.

The Teacher of the Year Program began in 1952 and is sponsored by the Connecticut State Department of Education, Talent Office and a number of corporate, organizational and individual sponsors.  The process begins with the selection of a teacher of the year in each school district and continues to the state and national levels, where the Connecticut Teacher of the Year becomes eligible for national honors.

Region 15 Schools and the Teacher of the Year committee ask that you take a few minutes to nominate one or more teachers for this honor.