Teacher of the Year Awards

Please review all of the award instructions and criteria prior to starting the application process.

Eligibility Requirements

TOYEducators who meet the eligibility requirements and exemplify the criteria for these awards may apply for one of the SHAPE America Teacher of the Year Awards.

  • Current SHAPE America membership
  • Minimum five year teaching experience
  • Degree and certification in teaching
  • Full time teaching at time of application submission & selection
  • Minimum of 50% of total job responsibilities is teaching one of the following;
    - Adapted Physical Education
    - Physical Education
    - Dance Education
    - School Health Education
  • Certified in Certified Adapted Physical Education (CAPE) or eligible to sit for the Certified Adapted Physical Education exam (eligibility= 200 hrs. of practicum experience, at least one 3-credit hour survey course in APE) is desirable. For Adapted Physical Education award ONLY.
  • Four letters should be included with the application. Letters should be directly related to the awards criteria listed for each award. At least one letter for each should be included from: a fellow teacher, administrator/supervisor, and parent/child.
  • As of next year, applicants must be state teacher of the year award recipients in order to be eligible to apply.

Please Note: Current Board of Directors members, Executive Committee members and former national Teachers of the Year are not eligible to apply for these awards.


The online application and all supporting materials must be submitted to SHAPE America via e-mail in PDF or Microsoft Word format only. Only send fully completed application packets in one e-mail to TOY@shapeamerica.org by respective due date. Incomplete packets will not be considered.

Required Application Materials:
  • Completed online application
  • Verification of teaching assignment form
  • Four letters of recommendation (as listed above)
  • Award criteria outline (as specified below for each individual award)
  • Professional head shot (JPEG at 300 dpi minimum)
Award Criteria 

When completing the award criteria please use the following format.  Bold the specific criteria as a heading, then outline your qualifications in paragraph form below the bolded criteria heading (see example below). Responses to each criteria answers should be in one word document.  Please do NOT send each criteria answer in a separate word document.

Example format for Award Criteria:
1. Conducts an appropriate physical education program as reflected in the students' individualized education programs and generally accepted standards or practice for physical education
Begin to write your answer to criteria 1 below the bolded heading in unbolded font

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Application Forms
  • October 1, 2014: All applications and supporting documents sent electronically to SHAPE America Office
  • October 8, 2014: SHAPE America Office sends completed applications to District Award Chairs.
  • October 31, 2014: Deadline for the District TOYs to be selected and SHAPE America notified.
  • November 3, 2014: District TOY winners notified by SHAPE America
  • December 15, 2014: Deadline for TOY videos for National Consideration due to SHAPE America.
  • March 20, 2015: TOY is honored at the SHAPE America National Convention & Expo
Additional Award Information

Only applicants who have been awarded the District Teacher of the Year award, must create a video with accompanying lesson plan. Details regarding this requirement will be sent to the district winners directly on November 3rd.

Past Award Recipients


If you have questions regarding a specific award, please feel free to contact us at TOY@shapeamerica.org.