Nominations open for 2021 Toyota Family Teacher of the Year

Classrooms across the country faced unique challenges and uncertainties this school year, but still teachers discovered new and meaningful ways to reach their students each and every day. As the pandemic persisted, many played additional roles in their students’ lives, working with families in a greater capacity than ever before. 

The National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) and Toyota 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 2021 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-five 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 2021 Toyota Family Teacher of the Year. Strong candidates will be family teachers who engage parents and children using a 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.

Award winners will develop innovative ideas for expanding their programs to benefit families and/or to engage more families. Winning educators will be asked to participate in NCFL’s outreach activities to promote their practices and programs, including, but not limited to, participation in the 2021 Families Learning Conference, held Oct. 25-27 in Dallas.

School- and community-based teachers who are exceptional at engaging families are eligible for nomination. The 2021 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, August 6, 2021. Questions or additional assistance may be directed to Angel Chichester,


Nominate a teacher today!

Leila Kubesch is named the 2020 Toyota Family Teacher of the Year.