With prestige comparable to naming a celebrity after themselves, the National Teacher of the Month is an honor in the United States. The program was established in 1952, as an initiative by the National Council of Chief State School Officers. It exists to recognize excellence in teacher education, particularly in the United States. Each month, a teacher of the month is honored for their work in education.
In every state in the U.S., you can nominate a teacher for the National Teacher of the Month. Persons who have been nominated are those teachers who have been selected from a list of candidates recommended by the school district office or the principal. They may be the principals or the school board members, or someone who has supervisory duties such as a deputy superintendent.
The qualifications required for selection include: having taught for at least one year in an area of specialization that qualifies them for the position; being in an area of special education that requires a specialist; possessing a master's degree in a discipline that qualifies him or her for a position in a middle school, secondary school, high school, or college. Some states will accept the nominee for teacher of the year if they have qualified in another way. For example, a candidate may have passed a test of basic skills or comprehension in the English language or math. On the other hand, a person could become a teacher of the year by winning a post-secondary teaching credential recognized by the North American Society for Teachers or the Council of Mayors. The credential is recognized throughout the United States and considered equivalent to a degree or an academic degree in education.
Of the 50 states in the United States, there are four in the upper continental region and another dozen in the lower region. In the north central states, there are five states with a majority of teachers of the year. In the north central states, there are six states in which teachers of the year reside in the lower part of the country – Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Iowa. In the upper part of the country, there are six states with a majority of teachers of the year – Connecticut, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Jersey, and Delaware. In the south central states, there are eleven states in which teachers of the year reside including Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Kansas, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Texas.
An applicant must apply for the position of teacher of the year in the particular discipline of study from which he or she expects to apply. If they expect to teach sixth grade Social Studies, they should apply for the position of elementary reading teacher in a northern state like Ohio, or a southern state like North Carolina. If they plan to teach fourth grade reading they should apply for the position of elementary teacher of science in a northern state such as Ohio, or a southern state like North Carolina. And if they want to teach kindergarten, they should apply for the teacher of the year position in a state like Arkansas, Michigan, or Minnesota. However, applicants who teach in junior high school should apply in the corresponding field of study from a different state.
One of the most popular disciplines of study . . . . . . that has an abundance of candidates this year is social studies. There are numerous schools districts and many charter schools in which to work in this field. The most common jobs for elementary school teachers of social studies include analyzing demographic trends, student behavior, parental involvement, and the influence of teachers and parents on students' achievement. Elementary school teachers also assess how schools are preparing their students for college and earning the necessary diploma. In junior high school, teachers also assist students with reading and writing skills and helping them develop good oral and written communication skills.