Submit your nominations for Ohio Teacher of the Year!

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Does your child’s teacher go above and beyond? They might be the perfect candidate for this year’s Teacher of the Year award— and you can help them!

Nominations have opened for the 2022 Ohio Teacher of the Year Award, state Senator Teresa Fedor announced this week. The honor is designed to celebrate outstanding educators for their work both in and out of the classroom. 

Nominees must have a professional Ohio educator license and have at least five years of teaching experience, among other requirements. Anyone— from school administrators and colleagues to parents and students themselves— can nominate a teacher for the honor. 

Last year, Northview High School teacher Pam Thiel from Sylvania City Schools was named the regional Teacher of the Year by State Board District 2. She has worked as an orchestra director for Sylvania CIty Schools for the better part of a quarter of a century.

The overall award for Ohio Teacher of the Year in 2021 was earned by Anthony Coy-Gonzalez, who works for the Ohio School for the Deaf in Columbus. He has taught at the school for seven years.

Nominations for the 2022 Teacher of the Year Awards are due by April 9. For more information or to submit a nomination yourself, visit

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