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Teacher of the Year

Teacher of the Year - Administrator

Contact Phone / Address Position / Responsibility

(562) 997-8000 x8083 Teacher Development Coordinator

  Teacher of the Year - Staff

Contact Phone / Address Position / Responsibility

(562) 997-9000 x 8030 Office Staff Secretary

Overview of LBUSD’s Teacher of the Year (TOY) Program

The Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE) has proudly served as the sponsoring organization of the Los Angeles County Teachers of the Year Program—an honors competition 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 programs. Each year, LACOE recognizes all district-level Teachers of the Year, including the one LBUSD Teacher of the Year (TOY) winner.

LBUSD has established its own internal process for selecting one exemplary teacher to compete in the County program.  LACOE allows one nominee from LBUSD. The timeline below reflects the LBUSD TOY Program information for this school year.

Selection Process for the 2021-2022 Academic Year

January 31, 2022 myPD Announcement with TOY nomination form 
February 14, 2022 DEADLINE: TOY Nomination Form due!
February 15, 2022 LBUSD Coordinator sends LBUSD TOY application to nominees
March 18, 2022 DEADLINE for LBUSD Teacher of the Year application (submitted digitally to Ryan Ung: 
March 18 - April 7, 2022 Selection Committee reviews all applications and chooses the winner
April 8, 2022 TOY Winner notified
April 11 - 25, 2022 LBUSD Coordinator and LBUSD winner finalize the application.
May 6, 2022 DEADLINE: LBUSD Coordinator will submit the application to LACOE for the County and State competition.


TOY Application Components:

Prior to submitting your application, review it carefully. Make sure all information is complete and accurate. Failure to provide a complete Application by the due date will result in the candidate being disqualified from the 2023 LBUSD/LACOE/California TOY Program.

  • Introductory Letter (2 pages max)

  • Professional Resume (2 pages max.)

  • Profession Biography (250 words max.)

  • Essays 1-6

  • School- Community Involvement (500 words max.)

  • Philosophy of Teaching (750 words max.)

  • Education Issues and Trends (500 words max.)

  • State Superintendent of Public Instruction’s Initiatives (500 words max.)

  • National Teacher of the Year (750 words max.)


Eligibility Requirements:

To be eligible for both the LBUSD and LACOE's Teacher of the Year Programs, applicants must be:

  • Fully credentialed TK-12 teachers, employed full-time, or as long-term substitutes, with at least eight years of teaching experience, or
  • Adult Education teachers who provide instruction in the same curriculum as those who teach in elementary or secondary grades, or
  • Instructors who have some administrative responsibilities but for whom teaching students is the primary responsibility.