Governor Cuomo is accepting nominations for the Empire State Excellence in Teaching Award. Students, parents, colleagues, and others can nominate a teacher and teachers can “self-nominate” and fill out the application immediately.

Every day, thousands of teachers across the State of New York are making a difference in the lives of children. These teachers hold high expectations and academic goals for each one of their students, fostering critical thinking, cultivating creativity, and instilling a love of learning. They are eager learners who pursue meaningful professional development throughout their careers.

‎This year, Governor Cuomo will award 60 teachers from across the state to receive the Empire State Excellence in Teaching Award. Awardees will receive a stipend of $5,000 for continued learning and professional development, and have the opportunity to directly advise education policy makers. To apply for the award, or to nominate an exceptional teacher, visit: www.ny.gov/NYSTeachingExcellence