ESOL Teacher of the Year Award

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2. Sign In 
3. Nominator Information 
4. Nomination Statement 
5. Nominee Information 
6. Supporting References 
7. Supporting Documents 
8. Submit Request 

Key Dates

Nomination Submission Deadline: March 23, 2019
Nomination Review Timeline: Nominations will be reviewed in May.
Notification: Annual spring dinner & meeting.


The ESOL Teacher of the Year Award honors two ESOL educators -- K-12 and Higher Education-- who go above and beyond in their job duties inside and outside of the ESOL classroom.


Applicants are evaluated on their ability to:

  • inspire students of all backgrounds and abilities to learn.
  • have a positive impact on students and colleagues.
  • participate in continuing professional development.
  • create a supportive and encouraging learning environment by providing quality language instruction based on well-articulated theory, philosophy, educational research and best practice.
  • play an active and useful role in the community as well as in the school demonstrated through collaborative partnerships and relationships.
  • demonstrate involvement in the field
  • demonstrate evidence of positive teacher effect on student learning through formal and/or informal documentation.
  • incorporate innovative and effective lesson strategies and evaluation techniques by utilizing new scholarship from TESOL or related fields.
  • demonstrate a commitment to English language teaching.


This annual award is given to one K-12 and one Higher Education ESOL teacher who have distinguished themselves within that year for specific reasons. Nominees must be ESOL educators in the State of Maryland and a member of Maryland TESOL. One K-12 and one Higher Education teacher will be awarded each year.

Nomination Process

  1. Nominator Information
  2. Nomination Statement (maximum 4,000 characters)
  3. Nominee Information
  4. References
  5. Supporting Documents


  • The award is non-competitive.
  • The Awards Committee will consider all nominees meeting the sustained and exemplary test criteria for the award.
  • The Award is presented at the Annual Spring Dinner & Meeting.
  • The Award winner will receive the following:
    • Complimentary invitation to the Annual Spring Dinner
    • One-year complimentary MDTESOL membership


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