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Ken Scarberry
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Rebecca Floyd
Project Coordinator
(707) 646-7602

Teacher of the Year

The Teacher of the Year (TOY) program is designed to recognize outstanding teachers throughout Solano County. The TOY Program highlights educational innovation, student learning, and the rewards of teaching. Further, the program attracts public attention to the positive aspects of our educational system. The program pays tribute to the teaching force, the complexity of challenges that confront our schools, and the need to promote collaboration and teamwork to meet those challenges.

The TOY program is open to fully-credentialed teachers in public schools who have been teaching for at least eight years, in any of pre-kindergarten through grade twelve as their primary responsibility. A TOY nominee inspires through commitment as a lifelong learner who models dedication to continued learning and demonstrates a dedication to the belief that all children can achieve.

SCOE provides the school districts with the guidelines for submitting nominations along with the evaluation and selection criteria that will be used to select awardees at the County level. Each district establishes its own internal process for selecting an exemplary teacher for Solano County’s TOY program. The district nominee advances to the County selection and recognition program. Each district is invited to submit one candidate to be recognized at the Solano County Educators of the Year (EOY) celebration.

The selection process for the TOY Program begins with candidates whose names are submitted to the SCOE. The selection consists of two phases: review of a written application and an interview with the Blue Ribbon Committee. The Blue Ribbon Committee is responsible for evaluating all nominations and selecting the County finalist. Using a scoring guide aligned with prompts, committee members through consensus, identify the applications that best address the prompts and distinguish themselves as stellar.


Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for the Teacher of the Year Program, applicants must:

  • Be fully credentialed teachers currently employed to teach any pre-kindergarten through grade twelve curriculum to children or adults. 
  • Be employed full-time, or as long-term substitutes in public or private schools. Applicants may be assigned some administrative duties if teaching is the primary responsibility. 
  • Have completed eight years of teaching at the time of the application submitted.