Program Overview

  • Michigan Teacher of the Year Program (MTOY)

    Please note: Nominations for the 2020-2021 MTOY program may be made here: MTOY Online Nomination Form 

    Since 1952, one of Michigan’s outstanding teachers has been named our state’s Teacher of the Year (MTOY). The MTOY serves as a representative and spokesperson for Michigan’s more than 90,000 teachers, working with 9 other Regional Teachers of the Year (RTOYs) as the Michigan Teacher Leadership Advisory Council (MTLAC) to share feedback and concerns of educational policies and initiatives with the MDE and propose ways to enhance student learning.

    Each month, the MTOY attends State Board of Education meetings as a non-voting member of the board and presents on issues of importance to teachers across the state with one of the RTOYs. In addition to meeting with state legislative and educational leadership, the MTOY can meet national leaders and work with their fellow state teachers of the year from other U.S. states and territories through programming arranged by the Chief Council of State School Officers (CCSSO), the organization which coordinates the National Teacher of the Year program. Each year’s MTOY is Michigan’s applicant for National Teacher of the Year. To date, several MTOYs have been named as NTOY finalists, most recently, Robert Stevenson in 2010. Michigan has had one National Teacher of the Year, Thomas Fleming, who was honored in 1992.

    As part of the CCSSO’s programming for state teachers of the year, the MTOY attends four national conferences through the NTOY program, including attendance at Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama. The MTOY has the opportunity through Walden University for a full scholarship to the Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership programs. Each RTOY brings recognition to the district he or she represents and has expanded opportunities for professional development at the state level.

    Thank you to the Meemic Foundation for their continued sponsorship and support of the Michigan Teacher of the Year, the Regional Teachers of the Year and the Michigan Teacher Leadership Advisory Council (MTLAC).

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