“I really just love being a teacher and spending the day with other teachers and students. This is the toughest job I’ve ever loved. To be a teacher is more than a job—it’s a lifestyle; you have to live it.”— Edward Hashey, Wilkinson Elementary School fifth-grade teacher, upon receiving Sarasota County School’s Elementary School Teacher of the Year in 2015.

The Teacher of the Year award showcases Sarasota’s teachers’ incredible talent, dedication, and passion for delivering best practices in education and transformative learning in the classroom. Teacher of the Year is not only about teachers; it is about the students who are receiving an exceptional educational experience from valued professionals who stay current and innovative in education profession. 

An investment in our educators is an investment in our students and an investment in everyone’s future. Teacher of the Year participation rewards the winning educator as well as invests in continuing education opportunities for all finalists, thereby allowing students to continue to learn from top educators. Join us as we celebrate three finalists and crown the Teacher of the Year. 

Click here to learn more about the 2017-18 Teacher of the Year program and awards luncheon. Click here to learn about 2018 Teacher of the Year sponsorship opportunities.