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The Teacher of the Year (TOY) program highlights the contributions of Catalina Foothills’ teachers and has the support of the CFSD Foundation. The program annually recognizes two exceptionally skilled and dedicated teachers from a group of 5 “Distinguished Educators”. Nominees are those who have gained the respect and admiration of students, parents and co-workers, and who inspire learning in students of all backgrounds and abilities. They play an active and useful role in their communities as well as in their schools, distinguishing themselves as leaders.


Nominations for 2020 - 2021 Teacher of the Year are open.  Nominate a teacher today!

Teachers may be nominated by students, parents, co-workers and administrators or may self nominate.  Eligible Nominees will be notified and will receive an application packet from the TOY Committee.  Applicants must be AZ certificated teachers in at least their 5th year of teaching, currently teaching Pre-Kindergarten through 12 in the Catalina Foothills School District, spend the majority of their day in direct instruction to students and be in good standing with their school principal and district administration.  

Applicants submit a written application which will be blind scored on a rubric by a school representative selection committee consisting of parents on the TOY committee. Five finalists will be named “Distinguished Educators” and will be scheduled for an interview as part of the final selection. The interview team, consisting of community members, CFSD alumni and the previous year’s TOYs, will make the final selection. Two “Teachers of the Year” will be selected.  The Teachers of the Year and the finalists will be honored at their school sites and at the CFSD Foundation’s TOY Family Event.   

Rewards for Teachers of the Year:

  • $2,000 cash award

  • 4 tickets to TOY Family Event

  • Engraved plaque

  • Professional Portrait

Reward for “Distinguished Educator” Finalists:

  • $500 cash award

  • 2 tickets to TOY Family Event

  • Engraved plaque


All nominations must be submitted via the online form. The deadline for nominations is November 30, 2020 at 6pm.