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The Orange County Teachers of the Year (TOTY) program provides recognition for outstanding teachers in Orange County.

Each school district may nominate one to three teachers (depending on district size). Each community college may nominate one teacher per accredited college. 

Candidates are honored at an annual recognition banquet hosted by the premier sponsor, SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union.


California Teachers of the Year

The four Orange County finalists who teach pre-kindergarten through grade 12 are eligible to compete in the California Teachers of the Year program. This prestigious statewide competition involves county offices of education nominating winners from their regional Teachers of the Year competitions. A state selection committee then reviews candidates' applications and conducts site visits to evaluate the teachers' rapport with students, classroom environment, presentation skills, and teaching methods, among other criteria. A select group of those teachers are interviewed at the California Department of Education in Sacramento. The State Superintendent then selects the awardees, which include six semi-finalists, six finalists, and five statewide winners who are named as California Teachers of the Year.

For additional information, please contact Kristin Rigby at (714) 966-4435 or