Teacher of the Year
The Arkansas Teacher of the Year competition is part of the National Teacher of the Year Program (NTOY). The NTOY program began in 1952 and continues as the oldest, most prestigious national honors program that focuses public attention on excellence in teaching. The NTOY program is now in its 61st year.
The National Teacher of the Year Program, sponsored by Target®, is a project of the Council of Chief State School Officers in partnership with the ING Foundation, the University of Phoenix and People to People Ambassador Programs.
Act 17 of the First Extraordinary Session of the 85th Arkansas General Assembly provides for the Arkansas Teacher of the Year recipient to take a year of paid administrative leave to serve in an advisory position as a non-voting member to the Arkansas State Board of Education and for professional development purposes.
The Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) is accepting nominations for the 2013-2014 Arkansas Teacher of the Year (ATOY). Completed packets, including one set with original signatures and six additional copies, must be returned to the ADE on or before the close of business (4:30 p.m.) Friday, August 2, 2013. For detailed information, please see Commissioner's Memo: Teacher of the Year 2013-2014.
- Application Form
- Application Outline
- Award Program Description
- Job Description
- Portfolio Requirements Checklist
- Program Guidelines
2012 Arkansas Teacher of the Year — Kimberly Wilson
Kimberly Wilson, of Monticello, is a high school visual arts teacher at Monticello High School with 16 years of teaching experience. She has bachelor's degrees from Winthrop University in South Carolina and Trinity College in Vermont and master's degrees from Kent State University in Ohio and the University of Arkansas at Monticello. Wilson will spend the 2012-2013 school year working at the Department of Education as a special advisor.
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- Past Teachers of the Year: 1959-2012 Posted 5/1/2012 pdf
- 2012 ATOY News Release Posted 12/2/2011 pdf
- 2012 ATOY Finalists Posted 9/29/2011 pdf
- Arkansas's 2013 Teacher of the Year Finalists Announced Posted 10/26/2012 pdf
- 2013 Arkansas Teacher of the Year Posted 11/26/2012 pdf
- National Teacher of the Year Timeline Posted 3/8/2013 pdf