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 of teachers who exemplify 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. These teachers foster creativity, instill a love of learning, and motivate all students as they inspire thinking and student initiative. 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

Recognition

Elementary and secondary education teachers (PreK-12) will be selected on a regional basis to become a member of the first Empire State Excellence in Teaching cohort and be recognized by Governor Cuomo.

Sharing

Ambassadors will have the opportunity to share insights on professional learning and advise on educational trends with regional development leaders, university leaders in teacher education, and policy makers.

Reward

Teacher ambassadors will be recognized and rewarded with a $5,000 stipend to be used for continued professional learning and endeavors.

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Selection Guidelines

Elementary and secondary education teachers from across New York State will be selected to become members of the first Teacher Ambassador cohort.

Ambassador Benefits

Honorees will meet with the Governor and serve as an Ambassador of the Teaching Profession.   

Recognizing Our Teachers