These Are The 20 Delaware Teacher of the Year Finalists For 2024
There are 20 finalists up for the Delaware Teacher of the Year recognition for 2024. On October 18th, the 20 teachers from across the First State will be honored at a celebration where one teacher will take home the crown.
Delaware Teacher of the Year
The candidates were nominated by their districts or the Delaware Charter Network during the 2023 calendar year. Each finalist displays an ability to inspire students with a love of learning, demonstration of professional traits and strong sense of dedication and devotion to teaching.
Each nominee submitted a detailed application exemplifying his or her teaching philosophy. Five Delaware Department of Education staff members independently evaluate each application. A former Delaware Teacher of the Year and department staff member observe each candidate in the classroom. Taking into consideration the ratings from the application review and observations as well as a recorded presentation by the nominee. Another independent panel of non-department judges then selects the one teacher who will serve as the 2024 Delaware Teacher of the Year.
The teacher chosen to become the State Teacher of the Year will become Delaware’s nominee in the national program. This is a project of the Council of Chief State School Officers in partnership with the Voya Foundation.
The Delaware Teacher of the Year will receive a $5,000 grant to use for the educational benefit of their students, as well as a personal grant of $3,000.
Additionally, all nominees will receive a $2,000 grant from the state.
Delaware Teacher of the Year Celebration
The celebration begins with a social hour at 5 p.m. followed by a 6 p.m. dinner at Modern Maturity Center in Dover. The announcement comes at the end of the night. Information about live-streaming will be shared next month. Funding for the award ceremony is provided by a grant from Voya Financial and support from the Delaware General Assembly.