Share, email, print, bookmark SOURCE reports.

[broadstreet zone=”53230″]

MALDEN – The Massachusetts State Teacher of the Year (STOY) is a teacher who has been recognized for making a positive impact on student learning and well-being; using student-centered, innovative approaches to teaching and learning; and demonstrating leadership within and beyond the classroom.

The Teacher of the Year will serve as a liaison to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and as an ambassador to other teachers in the state.

Eligibility Requirements

The Massachusetts Teacher of the Year must:

  • Have completed at least four years of teaching experience,
  • Spend the majority of their school day in direct instruction of students,
  • Possess an active and valid Massachusetts teaching license for the subject and grade level they teach,
  • Be a full-time teacher in a PK–12 public school, including charter schools, or in a DESE-approved adult learning center.

Note: Co-teachers who are applying together must teach in the same classroom at the same time and be responsible for the same students.

[broadstreet zone=”54526″]

Application Process and Timelines

Teachers can apply to be Teacher of the Year themselves or be nominated by a colleague, student, family member, or other member of their school community. Nominations will be accepted until Monday, February 20, 2023.

Teachers who are nominated will be invited to apply.

Nominations will be accepted until Monday, February 20.

The application for 2024 Teacher of the Year is open until 8 a.m. on Tuesday, February 28, 2023.

[broadstreet zone=”59947″]

Selection RoundWhen?What is required?
Round 1: Initial applicationDue 2/28/23 at 8:00 a.m.Applicants will submit:ResumeWritten or video responses to short essay questionsRecommendations (video or letter) from two of the following: colleague, supervisor, family/community member, or student
Round 2: Video Observation and ReflectionMarch 2023Based on the initial application, a set of applicants will be asked to submit a teaching video, reflection, and endorsement form from their principal.
Round 3: SemifinalistsApril 20238–12 semifinalists will participate in phone interviews and reference calls. The superintendent for each semifinalist will be notified and asked to submit an endorsement form.
Round 4: FinalistsMay/June 20233–4 finalists will open their classroom for an observation by members of the selection team and participate in a panel interview with former Teachers of the Year and DESE staff. 1–2 finalists will be recommended for a final meeting with Commissioner Riley.
AnnouncementFall 2023The 2024 Massachusetts Teacher of the Year will be announced.

Please email  with any questions.

By editor

Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.