Nominations Open for Teacher and Principal of the Year

This year, APS is accepting nominations for Teacher and Principal of the Year from all staff and community members. Please help us recognize and reward excellence at APS by submitting a nomination for a teacher or principal who has gone above and beyond to help APS students succeed and thrive. More information below including the nomination forms.

Nominations and recognitions for Support Staff of the Year will be coming later this school year.


Teacher of the Year

NOMINATION FORM (English/Español)

Arlington Public Schools established the Teacher of the Year Award to recognize teachers who exemplify excellence in their profession. The goals of the APS Teacher of the Year Award have always been to recognize excellence in teaching and to encourage creative and quality instruction.

This year, the awards recognize a Teacher of the Year and two finalists (representing Elementary, Middle and High School levels). The recipient is entered for a chance to win the Washington Post Teacher of the Year award, which includes a signature trophy, a $7,500 monetary award, a feature spot in the Washington Post newspaper, and a profile in washingtonpost.com. The awardee is also entered for a chance to win the Virginia Teacher of the Year award, which includes a separate application process. All other finalists will receive a certificate and token of appreciation from Arlington Public Schools.

Eligibility

  • Nominees must have had three consecutive years of successful, full-time experience in Arlington Public Schools in one of the eligible categories (teacher, librarian, guidance counselor, reading specialist, or technology specialist) by the end of the 2020-21 school year.
  • Nominees must be on full-time active-duty teaching status during the entire 2021-22 school year.
  • Nominees should be strong participants in their own schools’ activities (i.e., sponsoring a club, coaching, organizing student events).
  • A person cannot nominate themselves.
  • NOT ELIGIBLE:
    • Individuals who are planning to retire at the end of the current school year
    • Administrators and supervisors
    • Teachers, librarians, guidance counselors, reading specialists, or technology specialists who transfer to administrative or supervisory positions for the next school year

Selection Criteria

Nominees should be teachers who:

  • Instill in students a desire to learn and achieve.
  • Understand the Individual needs of students, encourage their talents, and foster their self-esteem.
  • Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of subject matter and the ability to share it effectively with students.
  • Foster cooperative relationships with their colleagues and the community.
  • Demonstrate outstanding leadership.
  • Maintain their teaching position throughout the 2022-23 school year.

Submission Process

In addition to completing the nomination form, nominators will need to submit the following:

  • A short essay, describing the nominee’s contributions in each of the selection criteria. Maximum of 400 words for each category.
  • At least three letters of support, one of which must be by a professional educator. The letters may come from any of the following: principal, administrator, colleague, student/former student, parent, or civic leader. An effective letter of support contains personal knowledge of the teacher and an indication of the qualities that would qualify the candidate to be the 2022 Teacher of the Year.

*Please note, the winner will be selected based on the quality of the application submitted, not the number of nominations. If there is more than one nominator for a single candidate, we strongly discourage submitting a separate nomination for the same candidate. Instead, we recommend that the additional nominators write a letter of recommendation to include in one submission.

All application materials are due by 4 p.m. on Wednesday, December 8, 2021.

COMPLETE THE NOMINATION FORM (English/Español)


Principal of the Year

NOMINATION FORM (English/Español)

Most educators will agree that the level of excellence a school achieves is directly related to the level of leadership provided by its principal. The combination of the principal’s ability to manage, their interest in staff and students, their respect for learning, and their vision of the future set the stage for the school’s efforts to educate our children. In presenting this award, Arlington Public Schools hopes to encourage excellence in school leadership.

The annual awards recognize a Principal of the Year. The recipient is entered for a chance to win the Washington Post Principal of the Year award, which includes a signature trophy, a $7,500 monetary award, a feature spot in the Washington Post newspaper, and a profile in washingtonpost.com.

Eligibility

  • Elementary, middle, and high school principals not previously recognized are eligible for consideration.
  • Principals may not nominate themselves.
  • The nominee must have a minimum of five (5) years’ successful experience as a principal in Arlington Public Schools.
  • The nominee must be planning to maintain their position as principal throughout the 2022-23 school year.

Selection Criteria

Nominees must be principals who:

  • Manage effectively
  • Demonstrate and encourage creativity and innovation
  • Foster cooperation between the school and the community
  • Maintain a continuing dialogue with students and parents as well as faculty and staff
  • Keep abreast of developments in the field of education
  • Encourage team spirit
  • Demonstrate leadership and exemplify commitment
  • Continue to play an active role in the classroom

Submission Process

In addition to completing the nomination form, nominators will need to submit the following:

  • A short essay, describing the nominee’s contributions in each of the selection criteria. Maximum of 400 words for each category.
  • At least three letters of support, one of which must be by a professional educator. The letters may come from any of the following: principal, administrator, colleague, student/former student, parent, or civic leader. An effective letter of support contains personal knowledge of the principal and an indication of the qualities that would qualify the candidate to be the 2022 Principal of the Year.

*Please note, the winner will be selected based on the quality of the application submitted, not the number of nominations. If there is more than one nominator for a single candidate, we strongly discourage submitting a separate nomination for the same candidate. Instead, we recommend that the additional nominators write a letter of recommendation to include in one submission.

All application materials are due by 4 p.m. on Wednesday, December 8, 2021.

COMPLETE THE NOMINATION FORM (English/Español)


For further information or assistance, please email Jeni Merino at jeni.merino@apsva.us.