New Mexico - Public Education Department

Teacher of the Year

2016 New Mexico Teacher of the Year David Morales
with President Obama. Read President Obama's Remarks.
Program History

Now in its noteworthy fifty-third year, the New Mexico Teacher of the Year Program began in 1963. Each year, all New Mexico school districts and State Charter schools are invited to nominate an outstanding teacher to become New Mexico's Teacher of the Year; this teacher represents New Mexico in the National Teacher of the Year competition. New Mexico's Teacher of the Year acts as the spokesperson for the teaching profession for New Mexico. The New Mexico Teacher of the Year program incorporates the New Mexico Public Education Department's vision of a world-class educational system in which all New Mexico students are prepared to succeed in a diverse, and increasingly complex, world.


2016 New Mexico Teacher of the Year David Morales at Space Camp with State Teachers of the Year Ernest Lee of Georgia (center)and Tim Royers of Nebraska (right).

Description of the State Program

The New Mexico Teacher of the Year is chosen from the eighty-nine school districts and the state and local charter schools who have nominated an outstanding teacher by a panel of judges (i.e. past New Mexico Teachers of the Year, School District Superintendents, Nationally Board Certified Teachers working within New Mexico School Districts, School Administrators, and other teachers) representing New Mexico educators.

The mission of the New Mexico Public Education Department is to provide leadership, technical assistance and quality assurance to improve student performance and close the achievement gap. The New Mexico Teacher of the Year promotes excellence in teaching, is a source of inspiration to other teachers to strive for improving the quality of education within their own classrooms, therein providing the tools necessary for New Mexico students to succeed.

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Contact:

Seana C. Flanagan
Assistant Director Educator Quality
505-827-6503

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