2018 New Mexico Teacher of the Year Application

Thank you for your interest in the 2018 New Mexico Teacher of the Year Program. This application form is to be completed by the designated district or charter school nominee. Only one nominee per charter school or district will be considered. Please provide all information requested in the application form. Incomplete applications will not be considered. All items on the following checklist comprise a complete application:

Please limit your answers to the number of words or pages requested in each section – font size no smaller than 10 point.  To provide all applicants with an equal opportunity, only the number of words or pages requested for each section will be accepted. Any additional pages and/or materials submitted will NOT be presented to the New Mexico Teacher of the Year Selection Committee. Online submission is preferred, but printed hard copies of the application will also be accepted, NO LATER THAN close of business on Friday, August 18, 2017. For a hard copy of this application, please visit http://ped.state.nm.us/ped/TeacherOfTheYear.html

Do not hesitate to contact the New Mexico Teacher of the Year Program, if you have questions concerning the application procedure at 505-827-3633 or jennifer.fresquez@state.nm.us
A signed cover letter from the District Superintendent or Charter School Director specifying that the applicant is the District's/Charter School’s official candidate for 2018 New Mexico Teacher of the Year.

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*Upload TOY Signatures Form
Must be submitted on the TOY Signatures form provided in the above checklist.

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*District or Charter:
*NMTEACH Summative Report Effectiveness Level

Section II Educational History and Professional Development Activities 

(Please do not exceed two double-spaced 8.5” x11” pages, with font no smaller than 10 point.)

A. Beginning with most recent, list colleges and universities attended, including postgraduate studies. Indicate degrees earned and dates of attendance. Include the name of a professor, email and telephone contact.

B. Beginning with most recent, list teaching employment history indicating time period, grade level and subject area.
Include agency contact, email and telephone number.

C. Beginning with most recent, list professional association memberships including information regarding offices held and other relevant activities. Include association contact name, email and telephone number.

D. Beginning with most recent, list leadership activities related to the training of future teachers. Please provide specific information.

E. Beginning with the most recent, list awards and other recognition of your teaching. Please provide specific information.
*Attach Educational History and Professional Development Activites

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Section III Professional Biography

(Please do not exceed 250 words. Professional Biography should be written in 3rd person narrative.)
*What were the factors that influenced you to become a teacher? Describe what you consider to be your greatest contributions and accomplishments in education.
Maximum Allowed: 250 words
*Describe your commitment to your community through service-oriented activities such as volunteer work, civic responsibilities and other group activities.
Maximum Allowed: 500 words

Section V Response Questions

(There are five Response Questions; each should be answered in 500 words or less.)
Describe a lesson or unit that defines you as a teacher. How did you engage all students in the learning?
And how did that learning influence your students? How are your beliefs about teaching demonstrated in this lesson or unit?
Maximum Allowed: 500 words
Describe a project or initiative you have been involved in which contributed to the improvement of overall school culture. What was your role, how did you involve others, and where is this project today?
Please include evidence of student impact.
Maximum Allowed: 500 words
How do you ensure that education transcends the classroom? Describe specific ways in which you connect your students and the community. Please include evidence of student impact.
Maximum Allowed: 500 words
What do you consider to be a major public education issue today? Describe why this is important to you, and how you are leading from your classroom.
Maximum Allowed: 500 words
As the New Mexico Teacher of the Year, you serve as a spokesperson and representative for teachers and students. What is your message? What will you communicate to your profession and to the public?
Maximum Allowed: 500 words

Section VI Letters of Support

Please attach 3 recommendations that support why you should be the 2018 New Mexico Teacher of the Year.
Recommendations should be from the following individuals: administrator, colleague, parent, or current/former student. Only 3 Letters of Support will be accepted and each should not exceed one page in length.
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*Attach File 2:

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*Attach File 3:

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(either hard copy or electronic, suitable for publicity purposes (5" x 7" color, or no bigger than 3MB file size)

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