2023 TOTY Application

  • School Information

  • Number of students in school?
  • Number of students in district?
  • Select your school's congressional district. Click here to find your Congressional District.
  • Candidate’s Basic Information

  • Home or Cell
  • I understand
  • "@" symbol followed by username. Example: @user
  • "@" symbol followed by username. Example: @user
  • Link to teacher's classroom or learning website.
  • Please upload a portrait orientation color photograph of the candidate that is at least 300 dpi. Image resolution in .jpg file format. Save As: DistrictName_LastName_Headshot-- Photos will be used in the TOTY media packets and audio/visual presentation and not in the selection process.
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    Accepted file types: jpg, jpeg, Max. file size: 300 MB, Max. files: 2.
    • Candidate’s Resume Information

    • Check all that apply.
    • Please list here if your association is not listed above.
    • List schools and date when degree was awarded
      SchoolDegree TypeDate Received MM/YY 
    • TypeDate-MM/YY 
    • Last 15 years of experience.
      PositionSchoolDate-MM/YY 
    • Last 15 years of leadership experience.
      TitleSchoolDate-MM/YY 
    • TitleSchoolDate-MM/YY 
    • Please list the location, month and year for each additional item.
    • Candidate’s Professional Biography

    • Please complete your professional biography in third person, as this will be used in promotional materials for GaDOE speaking opportunities and engagements. By completing this section, you agree that your biography and headshot can be used in GaDOE materials. (maximum 250 words)
    • Application Questions

    • Describe a content lesson or unit that defines you as a teacher. How did you engage students of all backgrounds and abilities in the learning? How did that learning influence your students? How are your beliefs about teaching demonstrated in this lesson or unit? (maximum 750 words)
    • Describe a project or initiative you have been involved in which contributed to the improvement of overall school culture. What was your role, how did you collaborate with others, and what is the status of this project today? Please include evidence of student impact. (maximum 500 words)
    • How do you ensure that education transcends the classroom? Describe specific ways in which you deliberately connect your students with the community. Please include evidence of student impact. (maximum 500 words)
    • What do you consider to be a major public education issue today? Describe how you demonstrate being a lifelong learner, leader, and innovator about this issue, both in and outside of the classroom walls. (maximum 500 words)
    • As the 2023 Georgia Teacher of the Year, you serve as a spokesperson and representative for teachers and students. What is your message? What will you communicate to your profession and to the public? (maximum 750 words)
    • The position of Georgia Teacher of the Year serves as a spokesperson. This involves taking speaking engagements across the state and country. The person that holds this position must also be able to manage and maintain social media accounts. Does your experience with public speaking and maintaining a social media account make you qualified for this position? If yes, why? (maximum 250 words)
    • Supporting Evidence

    • Attach three letters of recommendation that support why this candidate should be the 2023 Georgia Teacher of the Year. At least one of these must be a recommendation from a parent, colleague, administrator or student. Each signed PDF letter should not exceed one page in length. Name document files: District_Support_Letter_1 District_Support_Letter_2 District_Support_Letter_3
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      Accepted file types: pdf, Max. file size: 300 MB, Max. files: 5.
      • Acknowledgements and Signatures

      • Download the signature page here and the then upload it after all signatures are obtained.
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        Accepted file types: pdf, Max. file size: 300 MB, Max. files: 3.
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