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Educator Recognition Overview

Every year, DESE and partner organizations recognize a small number of outstanding educators from across the Commonwealth. More information on each award program is below. Please consider nominating an educator or applying for one of these recognitions yourself!

Recognition nameWho it honorsPrizeDue date for applications and nominations
Massachusetts Teacher of the Year Full-time teachers who have completed at least 4 years of teaching experience, spend the majority of the school day in direct instruction of students, possess an active and valid Mass. teaching license, and teach in a public school or DESE-approved adult learning center Public speaking opportunities, expenses-paid trips to convenings with other state teachers of the year, becomes the state's nominee for National Teacher of the Year The due date has passed for 2025 Teacher of the Year applications. To submit a name for consideration for 2026, please email .
Massachusetts History Teacher of the Year K–12 teachers who teach American history (including state or local history) and have at least 3 years of classroom experience $1,000 and a collection of American history classroom resources Nominations due April 30, 2024. Nominees must submit supporting materials by May 31, 2024.
Massachusetts Milken Educator K–12 educators $25,000 Selection is secret and does not include an application.
Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) Science, technology, engineering, math, and computer science. Grade span eligibility alternates each year. $10,000 National Science Foundation award and a trip to Washington, D.C. For 2025, applications will open for grades 7–12 teachers in fall 2024.
For 2026, applications will open for grades K–6 teachers in fall 2025.
Distinguished Educators Early- to mid-career teachers and principals. Grade level varies as needed. Considered for advisory boards and task forces Recommendations for elementary and secondary educators are accepted on a rolling basis. Educators cannot self-recommend.

Last Updated: May 20, 2024

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