• Teacher Recognition Programs


  • Rookies of the Year

  • The Rookie of the Year (ROY) Program recognizes first year teachers who:
    • Engage and Support All Students
    • Create and Maintain Effective Classroom Learning Environments
    • Plan Instruction and Design Learning Experiences for Student Learning
    • Engage in Continuous and Purposeful Professional Growth and Development

    Nominations for Rookie of the Year are done at the start of the second semester of the school year. Nominations are restricted to school principals who submit their nominee utilizing an online rubric and question guide. 

    Nominations serve to:

    • Recognize outstanding first-year teachers
    • Promote school pride
    • Boost morale for school site personnel
    • Inspire and encourage teachers, students, and parents

    Program Highlights

    Each ROY receives a signed Certificate of Recognition from the Board of Education in addition to recognition at their school site. A district-wide recognition event is held to celebrate the Rookies of the Year during the summer.



  • Teachers of the Year

  • The Teacher of the Year (TOY) Program honors teachers with a strong commitment to their students, school, and the community. The program spotlights positive aspects of education and pays tribute to our richly diverse teaching force.

    Our selection process aligns with the Los Angeles County of Education Teacher of the Year Program with the hope that one of the 5 teachers who move to the County level will have an opportunity to be chosen for State Teacher of the Year. If identified to proceed to the State level, the teacher will then have the opportunity to compete for the National Teacher of the Year title.

    The nomination window opens during the second semester of the school year and the opportunity to nominate is announced via the district's website, local districts, and other outlets such as the AALA outreach.

    Nominations for Teacher of the Year are made via the LAUSD website. Students, parents, and district employees are encouraged to make nominations. Once the nomination window closes, those nominated are invited to apply and submit a Teacher of the Year application. Each local district has a representative/contact person whom the nominees can reach out to for support.


    The teacher must have completed eight full years of teaching experience (with at least 5 in LAUSD) and meet the following criteria:

    • Fully credentialed teachers who who teach UTK thorugh grade twelve
    • Teachers of adults who provide instruction in the same curriculum as those who teach in elementary or secondary grades
    • Teachers who have some administrative responsibilities, but for whom teaching students is the primary responsibility
    • Teachers who are available to fulfill ambassadorial duties during the year

    Program Highlights

    The responsibilities of being a Los Angeles Unified Teacher of the Year (TOY) often include serving as ambassadors for the teaching profession and representing LAUSD with pride. TOYs focus on positive changes and strive for student achievement while bringing light to the challenges of the teaching profession. A district-wide recognition event is held to celebrate the Teachers of the Year at the end of the school year.



  • Contact 

    María Urbina Butler

    Administrator, Teacher Development and Support 

    Phone IconPhone:  (213) 241-5495

    eMail IconEmail:  TDAS@lausd.net

      Drop Pin  Address:

    333 S. Beaudry Avenue,
    14th Floor

    Los Angeles, CA 90017