The goal of the TOY program is to recognize and honor the contributions of outstanding classroom teachers.
All TOY awardees are dynamic teachers who are dedicated to improving the education and the lives of their students and their communities. Some things to consider when nominating a teacher include the teacher’s methods for meeting student needs, desire for professional growth, community involvement, dedication to the teaching profession, and rapport with students, parents, and staff.
Each District Teacher of the Year becomes a nominee for his or her district’s Regional Teacher of the Year Award. If the District TOY is selected as the Regional TOY, he or she becomes a nominee for the South Dakota TOY. If chosen as the South Dakota TOY, he/she then becomes a candidate for the National TOY.
The National Teacher of the Year selection is not completed until the following Spring, so for a District TOY to be eligible for Region TOY and South Dakota TOY they must plan to be an active teacher for at least two more school years.