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Ventura County Teacher of the Year Applications Being Accepted

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The Ventura County Office of Education is now accepting applications for the 2021 Ventura County Teacher of the Year. The competition is open to all TK-12th grade teachers at Ventura County public, charter and private schools. Nominees are selected by schools and professional organizations, but members of the public can suggest a teacher for consideration by contacting their principal.


“This has been a year when teachers, like all of us, have faced extraordinary new challenges,” said Dr. Cesar Morales, Deputy Superintendent of the Ventura County Office of Education. “So many teachers have gone above and beyond to instruct and support their students during the pandemic and we know there will be many deserving nominees this year.”


Participating schools and professional organizations must submit their Teacher of the Year applications to VCOE by May 7, 2021. Application instructions are available at The Ventura County Teacher of the year will go on to compete in the State of California Teacher of the Year contest.


More About the Teacher of the Year Program

The Teacher of the Year program is administered by the Ventura County Office of Education. It recognizes outstanding Ventura County teachers for the dedication and innovation they bring to their students and highlights the contributions local teachers make in our schools every day. Candidates are nominated by their district, school or professional organization. A panel of educators selects the winner based on the candidate’s essay, experience and an introductory letter from their sponsor. The first Ventura County Teacher of the Year was named in 1973. Additional information about the Teacher of the Year program, including a list of past honorees, is available by clicking here.