The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) is encouraging Pennsylvanians to nominate an outstanding educator to be the Commonwealth’s 2025 Teacher of the Year.

“At the Department of Education, we know that all educators make a real, lasting impact on their students and communities, and the Teacher of the Year program highlights some of the best of the best,” said Secretary of Education Dr. Khalid N. Mumin. “No matter if you’re a teacher, administrator, student, parent, or community member, we encourage you to nominate a local educator who has made a difference in your life or the life of someone you know.”

The Teacher of the Year program celebrates excellence in teaching and honors individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the young people of Pennsylvania.  Nominations will be accepted until December 15, 2023.

Finalists are recognized in Harrisburg each fall. Pennsylvania’s 2025 Teacher of the Year will be announced at a state awards ceremony in early December 2024 and will represent the Commonwealth at local, regional, and national functions culminating in the National Teacher of the Year ceremony at the White House.

The Teacher of the Year program is co-sponsored by PDE and the Pennsylvania chapter of the National State Teacher of the Year (NSTOY-PA), which was founded in 1995.

The 2024 Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year, named last December at PDE’s SAS Institute, was Ryan Hardesty, a seventh- and eighth-grade social studies teacher at Highland Middle School in Blackhawk School District, Beaver County.

Learn more about Pennsylvania’s Teacher of the Year program on PDE’s website.