March 5, 2017
The Montana State Teachers of the Year (MT STOY), a state affiliate of the National Network of State Teachers of the Year, has officially launched with the formal election of a slate of officers and approval of the organization’s bylaws.
MT STOY aims to promote teacher leadership that will impact student learning by elevating the teaching profession through purposeful, non-partisan engagement in state-wide activities and conversations related to education. The organization intends to further develop the leadership of its membership, serving as speakers and partners, supporting pre-service teachers, and elevating the teaching profession. Membership in the organization consists of Montana Teachers of the Year and finalists for Teacher of the Year.
The first officers of MT STOY, serving from March 1, 2017 through October 2017, are the following:
President: Anna Baldwin, 2014 Montana Teacher of the Year, Arlee
Vice President: Craig Beals, 2015 Montana Teacher of the Year, Billings
Secretary: Shelly Stanton, 2016 Montana Teacher of the Year Finalist, Billings
Treasurer: Anne Keith, 2010 Montana Teacher of the Year, Bozeman
Communications Director: Jessica Anderson, 2016 Montana Teacher of the Year, Anaconda
MT STOY website: http://nnstoy.org/chapter/montana/
About the Montana Teacher of the Year Program
For more than 50 years our nation has honored teachers with the National Teacher of the Year Program. The National Teacher of the Year Program, sponsored by the VOYA Foundation, is a project of the Council of Chief State School Officers.
In 1956, Montana selected its first Teacher of the Year. Although at first the process was not held annually, since the mid-1980s Montana has identified an outstanding teacher each year and supported his or her participation in the National Teacher of the Year program.
MEA-MFT, Montana’s teachers’ union, currently supports the program at the state level through the Montana Professional Teaching Foundation. Nominations are typically due in late spring, applications due in July, finalists identified in September, and the Teacher of the Year announced shortly thereafter. Each year the Teacher of the Year is honored at the MEA-MFT banquet held during the Educators’ Conference in October. More about the Montana Teacher of the Year Program.
About the National Network of State Teachers of the Year
The National Network of State Teachers of the Year (NNSTOY) is a non-profit organization serving as a professional home to State Teachers of the Year (STOYs) and State Teacher of the Year Finalists in what they call their years of service, following their Year of Recognition when they serve as their State STOY.
NNSTOY’s focus is on providing active and meaningful roles for their members, in furthering great teaching and strengthening student learning. They do this through three critical vehicles: Policy, Practice, and Advocacy. http://www.nnstoy.org/
MT STOY contact information
To learn more about MT STOY, please contact Anna Baldwin, [email protected]