Nominations now being accepted for 2020 Toyota Family Teacher of the Year

Teachers affect eternity; no one can tell where their influence stops. Henry Brooks Adams

We are all impacted by teachers. From our early years to adolescence and beyond, the teachers in our lives guided and shaped us, offering us the tools we needed to grow and thrive.

In these trying times, the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) and Toyota pause to recognize and applaud our nation’s teachers for all that they do for our families and our communities. Today we announce the opening of the nomination period for the 2020 Toyota Family Teacher of the Year, and invite you to take this time away from school to nominate a deserving educator in your life.

Twenty-four years ago, NCFL and Toyota initiated a partnership to recognize the positive impact of U.S. teachers who engage families in educational programming in extraordinary ways. This year, two more educators will be honored.

NCFL is seeking school- or community-based teachers who are passionate about engaging families and who demonstrate exemplary practices as candidates for the 2020 Toyota Family Teacher of the Year. Strong candidates will be family teachers who serve parents and children using a substantive multigenerational approach to help them learn together in innovative ways. Candidates should have a demonstrated record of success and serve communities and families with high literacy and socioeconomic needs.

Through this process, NCFL and Toyota hope to provide seeds for growth. Winning candidates will develop innovative ideas for expanding their program to benefit families and/or to engage more families. Through a short video, blog post, and social media, NCFL will work with the winner to share their story with educators and administrators across the country. 

School- and community-based teachers who are exceptional at engaging families are eligible for nomination. The 2020 Toyota Family Teacher of the Year will receive a $20,000 grant award and the runner-up a $5,000 grant award to implement/expand their respective programs.

Additional nomination requirements can be found here. Nominations must be submitted online no later than 11:59 p.m. PDT on Friday, June 26, 2020. Questions or additional assistance may be directed to Angel Chichester,

Nominate a teacher today!