PROGRAM INFORMATION

OVERVIEW:
The Teachers of Ohio Representing Character and Heart (TORCH) recognition program honors five extraordinary teachers annually by celebrating their efforts to model strong character and a heart for their students, colleagues and community. The current Ohio Teacher Fellow along with their cohort of Ohio Teacher of the Year finalists review and evaluate nominations to select honorees. The Ohio Department of Education supports the program.

CONSIDERATIONS FOR NOMINATIONS:
TORCH recipients should demonstrate dedication to equity and a personal commitment to their community. They also should hold themselves and others accountable to the ideals of compassion, integrity, honor and respect.
We ask that your TORCH nomination be confidential and not shared with the nominee.
All nominees will receive a certificate of nomination with a summary of the nomination information.

Once selected and confirmed, the (5) 2022 TORCH honorees will be recognized at a surprise presentation in the spring.

ELIGIBILITY:
A nominee must meet the following criteria:
❤ Hold a valid professional Ohio teaching license
❤ Have at least three year's teaching experience under the professional license (3 years after completing the Ohio Resident Educator Program)
❤ Work full-time in grade levels Pre-K through 12 at a state-approved public traditional or community school
❤ Provides direct instruction to students 50% or more of their contracted time
❤ Plan to continue actively teaching

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* 1. Teacher Nominee's First and Last Name

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* 2. Teacher Nominee's email address

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* 3. School Building Principal's first and last name

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* 4. School Building Principal's email address (if known)

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* 5. School Building Information

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* 6. Name of School District

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* 7. Ohio county where school is located

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* 8. Teacher Nominee's Grade Level.  Check all that apply.

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* 9. Content / Subject(s)

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* 10. Your (Nominator) Contact Information

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* 11. Describe in as much detail as possible why you feel the nominee deserves to be a TORCH honoree. (500 word maximum)
*Consider how the nominee's actions have motivated and inspired colleagues, students and community members.

*Include any examples of leadership, mentorship, awards, publications, or presentations.

*Share how the nominee models a strong commitment to equity and inclusion.

Remember that the more details, the better!

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* 12. Optional:
Upload any information you feel is relevant.  Examples could include letters of support, published interviews or articles about the teacher, pictures of events or community service, etc.

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