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    Teacher of the Year

    Now Accepting Interest Forms for the 2021 Teacher of the Year!


    About the Award


    Teacher of the Year is the most prestigious award teachers can receive. Organized by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE), the Maryland Teacher of the Year Program recognizes the work being done by the state’s outstanding teachers. Drawing from a pool of nominees representing each county, one individual teacher is selected for the honor of representing Maryland in the National Teacher of the Year competition. 


    Nominees must have excellent communications skills, be comfortable speaking in public, and willing and able to spend time away from the classroom serving as advocates for public education and acting as local and state advisors in education policy and program development.




    To be eligible, all nominees must at least be in their sixth year of teaching, have up-to-date Maryland teacher certification, and plan to remain a teacher in their nominating county for the following school year.


    NEW Award Application Process


    Educators meeting the eligibility requirements who are interested in being considered for 2021 PGCPS Teacher of the Year should apply through the new online interest form no later than Monday May 17, 2021. The 2021 PGCPS Teacher of the Year must complete the full state application and go on to compete for Maryland Teacher of the Year.


    Selection and Recognition


    The 2021 Prince George’s County Teacher of the Year will be selected at the county level. Finalists will be recognized and the winner announced during a virtual announcement and will be presented with special prizes and recognitions. 


    Contact Information


    Teacher of the Year Round Table – For questions about the application, selection process, orientation day or what it takes to be a Teacher of the Year, email



    2021 Teacher of the Year Sponsorship Opportunities 


    The Prince George’s County Teacher of the Year receives a variety of gifts and awards through business and community sponsors and partners. To find out how you can support this year’s award, visit