Welcome to the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) Teacher of the Year application page. Review all of the award instructions and criteria prior to starting the application process.
Educators who meet the eligibility requirements and exemplify the criteria for these awards may apply for one of the AAHPERD Teacher of the Year Awards.
Current AAHPERD membership
Minimum five year teaching experience
Degree and certification in teaching
Full time teaching at time of application submission & selection
Minimum of 50% of total job responsibilities is teaching one of the following; - Adapted Physical Education - Physical Education - Dance Education - School Health Education
Certified in Certified Adapted Physical Education (CAPE) or eligible to sit for the Certified Adapted Physical Education exam (eligibility= 200 hrs. of practicum experience, at least one 3-credit hour survey course in APE) is desirable. (for Adapted Physical Education award ONLY)
Four letters should be included with the application. Letters should be directly related to the awards criteria listed for each award. At least one letter for each should be included from: a fellow teacher, administrator/supervisor, and parent/child.
Please Note: Current members Board of Directors, members of Executive Committees and former national Teachers of the Year are not eligible to apply for these awards.
The online application and all supporting materials must be submitted to AAHPERD via e-mail in PDF or Microsoft Word format only. Only send fully completed application packets to TOY@aahperd.org by respective due date. Incomplete packets will not be considered.
All application and supporting documents sent electronically to AAHPERD Office
AAHPERD Office sends completed application to appropriate Districts
Postmark deadline for the District winner or District Awards Chair to send the national application materials to AAHPERD Office
District Awardees to send online video tutorial and accompanying commentary to AAHPERD
TOY is honored at the AAHPERD National Convention & Expo
Additional Award Information
Video tutorial - Only applicants who have been awarded the District Teacher of the Year award, must create a video with accompanying lesson plan. Details regarding this requirement will be sent to the district winners directly on December 15.
If you have questions regarding a specific award, please feel free to contact us at TOY@aahperd.org.