Skip to main content
California Department of Education Logo

California Teachers of the Year

Recognizes exemplary teachers who best represent all of California's teachers and symbolize the profession's contributions to quality education.

State Superintendent Tom Torlakson has announced our 2018 California Teachers of the Year!

Presented by California Casualty and the California Teachers of the Year Foundation, the California Department of Education (CDE) invites county offices of education, school districts, charter schools, professional organizations, and private schools statewide to participate in our annual California Teachers of the Year Program. This program highlights educational innovation, student learning, and the rewards of teaching. Further, the program attracts public attention to the positive aspects of our educational system. Teacher quality—recruitment as well as retention—ranks high on every educational agenda in the state.

The program pays tribute to California's teaching force, the complexity of challenges that confront our schools, and the need to promote colloboration and teamwork to meet those challenges. The process results in the annual selection of five experienced teachers who reflect the diversity of our teachers and students.

Many of California's Teachers of the Year have gone on to become National Teacher of the Year recipients or finalists.

Honorees
News Releases
2018 Program Information (Updated 1/18/2017)
2018 Application
 
 

2017 Sponsors and Special Friends

We are grateful for the sponsors and partners who join us in recognizing our outstanding California Teachers of the Year.

Naming Sponsor
  • California Casualty External link opens in new window or tab.—Headquartered in San Mateo, California Casualty is proud to sponsor the CDE’s School Recognition program because we are committed to education and have supported California teachers and students at school, in the community and behind the wheel for over 60 years.

    It is an honor to recognize educators who make a difference every day for our children. It takes real commitment to go far above and beyond to help students reach their full potential. Follow the link above to learn more about California Casualty and our sponsorship of the California Department of Education’s California School Recognition Program.
Sapphire
Diamond
  • California Teachers of the Year Foundation
  • Comcast External link opens in new window or tab.
Platinum
Gold
Silver
Bronze
Copper

2016 Sponsors
2015 Sponsors

Questions:   Awards Team | awards@cde.ca.gov | 916-319-0842
Last Reviewed: Thursday, December 7, 2017
Recently Posted in California School Recognition Program
No items posted in the last 60 days.