2019 Awards and Scholarships Timeline

Award Application Submittal: October 1 – November 15

Awards Review and Selection: November 16 – December 10

Award Recipient Announcements: No later than December 16

Awards Banquet:  At IHSA Conference – February 5, 2020

IHSA Teacher of the Year   

This award celebrates ALL those who are involved in the education component of our program, including classroom teachers, associate teachers, blended teachers, and instructional mentors.

Award specific criteria

  • The nominee must serve as a Head Start/Early Head Start center-based teacher or home-based teacher, associate teacher or instructional mentor.

  • The nominee must be a program employee for at least three years.

The nominee must submit responses for each of the following categories, in their entirety. Maximum point value for each category is indicated in parentheses. 

Letters of Reference

The nominee must submit letters of reference from two people who know them as a supervisor or supervisee. The letters should be no more than one typewritten page each. Applications without two references will not be considered for this award. (20 points)    

How to Apply

Option 1. Download a copy of the questions and upload to the website when completed.

  1. Download a copy of the application by clicking here.

  2. Fill out the name and email section of the online application Form.

  3. Upload your answers and references by clicking on the “Upload Documents” button.

  4. Click “Submit”.

Option 2. Complete the application entirely online.

  1. Complete the entire online application form below and upload your references by clicking on the “Upload Documents” button at the bottom of the page.

  2. Click “Submit”.

Online Application

Name of teacher being nominated *
Name of teacher being nominated