Nominate a Teacher for the Empire State Excellence in Teaching Award

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Ambassadors to the Future of our Children, Education, and New York State

Know a teacher deserving of the Empire State Excellence in Teaching Award?

Recognizing the dedication, expertise, and mission of thousands of New York Teachers, Governor Cuomo is seeking applications from teachers who demonstrate the excellence we see in classrooms across the State.

Every day, thousands of teachers across the State of New York are making a difference in the lives of children. These teachers hold high expectations and academic goals for every one of their students. They foster creativity, instill a love of learning, and motivate all students, inspiring thinking and student initiative. These professionals are eager learners who pursue meaningful professional development throughout their careers.

These teachers are the ambassadors to children who are our future, to their profession, and to all who will become teachers in the future.

Empire State Excellence in Teaching Award


Elementary and secondary education teachers (PreK-12) are selected on a regional basis to become members of the Empire State Excellence in Teaching Program.


Awardees have the opportunity to share insights on teaching, professional learning and educational trends with regional development leaders, university leaders in teacher education, policy makers, teachers, and school leaders.


Award-winning teachers are recognized and rewarded with a $5,000 stipend to be used for continued professional learning endeavors.

About the Program

Awardee Benefits

Honorees will receive a $5,000 stipend to support professional development interests, and are invited to meet with university, workforce & policy leaders.