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Teacher of the Year

Teacher of the Year - Administrator

Contact Phone / Address Position / Responsibility

(562) 997-8000 x2903 Teacher Development Coordinator

  Teacher of the Year - Staff

Contact Phone / Address Position / Responsibility

(562) 997-9000 x2900 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 TOY 2023 Timeline:

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 information for the 2021-2022 school year.  LACOE has not set its timeline for the 2022-2023 TOY Program.  The timeline below will be updated once more information is established by LACOE.

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< LACOE ang the California TOY Programs, applicants must be:

  1. Fully credentialed teachers currently employed to teach any pre-kindergarten through grade twelve.  

  2. Adult Education teachers who provide instruction in the same curriculum as those who teach in elementary or secondary grades. 

  3. Instructors who have some administrative responsibilities but for whom teaching students is the primary responsibility. 

  4. Teachers who are available to fulfill ambassadorial duties during the year of service and be supported by their employer. 

  5. Applicants must be employed full-time, or as long-term substitutes. 

Applicants must:

  • Have completed eight years of teaching at the time of the application submitted at the local level.

  • Have demonstrated leadership and innovation in and outside of the classroom walls that embody lifelong learning.

  • Have expressed themselves in an engaging and articulate way.