TOY Application Materials & Forms Checklist

Teacher of the Year candidates must complete and submit the following essays and forms as a .pdf or .doc file and email to or mail a Flash Drive to the Communications Department, 9300 Imperial Highway, Downey, CA 90242-2890, Attention: Susan Bishop. The entire application is due on or before Wednesday, August 5, 2020, 5:00 p.m. Refer to the Program Information & Application Instructions for complete details.


      2021 TOY Application (click here to download)
    Applicant Information
Certification Signed by Applicant
School Information
Certification Signed by Principal
District Information
Certification Signed by District Superintendent
County Office of Education Information
Certification Signed by County Office of Education Superintendent
TOY County Coordinator Information
Certification Signed by TOY County Coordinator
       Introductory Letter
Professional Resume
Professional Biography


    Essays 1 - 6
Essay 1 - School Culture
Essay 2 - School-Community Involvement
Essay 3 - Philosophy of Teaching
Essay 4 - Education Issues and Trends
Essay 5 - State Superintendent of Public Instruction's
Initiatives Essay 6 - National Teacher of the Year
    Letters of Recommendations (3)

     PERSONAL MINI-PROFILE— (up to 150 words)
     PORTRAIT PHOTO—(Must meet specifications)
• 5” x 7”original print – not a photocopy or digital printout
• Color glossy head shot of the teacher only. No group shots.
• Contain the teacher’s name, school and district on the back of the photo.