Los Angeles County
Teachers of the Year

An honors competition to spotlight teaching excellence
and exemplary professionalism in public education


The competition is the largest of its kind in the state and is part of the oldest and most prestigious honors contest in the U.S. for public school teachers.

The TOY program, which features an annual luncheon recognition each September for all participants, is designed to provide much-deserved recognition for teachers. Those selected by LACOE as County Teachers of the Year—educators who have shown exemplary dedication, compelling classroom practices, positive accomplishments and professional commitment—serve as standard-bearers for the teaching profession and their 72,000 classroom colleagues countywide.
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Program Info & Application InstructionsProgram Info & Application Instructions
LACOE has served as the sponsoring organization of the County Teachers of the Year Program—a competition and awards luncheon that spotlights excellence in public education. The county program, the largest in the state, is part of the California and National Teacher of the Year....Read more
Application Materials & Forms ChecklistApplication Materials & Forms Checklist
Teacher of the Year candidates must complete and submit the following essays and forms to the Communications Department. The entire application is due on or before Monday, June 13, 2016, 5:00 p.m. Absolutely no late applications will be accepted! ...Read more
Awards BanquetAwards Banquet
All district-level Teachers of the Year are invited to attend the awards luncheon. The sixteen (16) winners of the Los Angeles County Teachers of the Year competition will be publicly announced at the luncheon. Family members, parents, students, former students, district representatives and news media will also be invited. ...Read more