HARRISBURG — As the school year draws to a close, the Pennsylvania Department of Education is encouraging students to acknowledge educators who’ve impacted their lives by nominating a teacher for the next cohort of Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year candidates.

“Every student can remember the teachers who encouraged them to reach beyond the ordinary and inspired them to excel and achieve their goals,” said Matthew Stem; Deputy Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education. “Nominating them for Teacher of the Year is one way to recognize their commitment to students and the teaching profession.”

Nominations for Teacher of the Year can be submitted all year long by students, community members, parents, or teachers. More information is available on the PDE website.

Last month, the Wolf Administration named the 12 finalists for the 2020 Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year. The announcement of Teacher of the Year will be made in December 2019 in Hershey at the SAS Institute, PDE’s annual professional development conference for educators. The recognition program is co-sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the Pennsylvania chapter of the National State Teacher of the Year, which was founded in 1995.

Educators selected as Pennsylvania’s Teacher of the Year travel the state to meet and collaborate with other educators and represent the commonwealth in the National Teacher of the Year competition.