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Teacher of the Year 2020

Texas Teacher of the Year began in 2005 as a way to recognize excellence in teaching. 15 years later, we are proud to continue this tradition of honoring Texas Teachers.

Texas Teachers of Tomorrow
2020 Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to our Texas Teachers ‘Teacher of the Year’ finalist, Kathryn Marie Haynes. Kathryn received the most votes of any entrant, and we are proud to name her our 2020 Teacher of the Year. We want to thank everyone that helped us honor these amazing teachers, and that helped make this contest a success!



2020 Texas Teachers of Tomorrow Teacher of the Year

Kathryn Marie Haynes

2020 Texas Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to these wonderful teachers:

Alison Nicole Gage – Lockhart ISD

Allison K Benitez – Houston ISD

Arkeino Harris  – Angleton ISD

Catherine Danielle Lozano – Northside ISD

Crista Marie Privott-Spencer – Killeen ISD

Kathryn Marie Haynes – Cypress Fairbanks ISD

Teacher of the Year Guidelines

Mark your calendars with the deadlines listed below:


To qualify, Principals or Field Supervisors must nominate their choice for Texas Teacher: Teacher of the Year by Thursday, April 16.




Make sure to cast your votes for Texas Teachers: Teacher of the Year during the dates of April 30 – May 7. Finalists will be announced here, so be sure to bookmark the page and check back!

(One vote per device)


The Texas Teachers: Teacher of the Year winner will receive a grand prize of $5,000. Second and third place winners will also be awarded prizes. The winners be announced on May 22.

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