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Teachers are a vital part of the FIRST® community.

This Recognition Program honors our commitment to recognize the outstanding work of educators in the FIRST® community and is inspired by the powerful ethos of “Teacher in Space” Christa McAuliffe who famously said, "I touch the future. I teach."

Nominate a Teacher


Educators who are recognized will have the opportunity to participate in a Year of Inspiration. During this tenure, they may:

  • Serve as a FIRST Educator Ambassador
  • Thought leadership that will be shared prominently on FIRST digital properties
  • Opportunities to participate in media interviews and key FIRST events
  • Collaborate on key priorities with the FIRST education team




Teacher Eligibility

To be eligible for nomination, educators must be:

  • An educator who is currently working directly with students in PreK-12 settings
  • Have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to expanding access to FIRST programs
  • Are engaging students in STEM through classroom or after-school activities

FIRST inspirational educators will be chosen from multiple areas of study and by various age ranges that they teach including:

  • Early Childhood educators
  • Kindergarten to Grade 1 educators
  • Grade 2 to Grade 5 educators
  • Grade 6 to Grade 8 educators
  • Grade 9 to Grade 12 educators

Important Dates and Deadlines

September 29, 2021 | Nominations Open

December 17, 2021 | Nominations Close

January 17, 2022 | Teacher Applications Open for Nominees

February 4, 2022 | Teacher Applications Close 

Teacher Appreciation Week 2022 | Awardees Announced
Nominations are Closed

Thanks for your interest in nominating an educator for the FIRST Educators Recognition Program. Nominations for this year are currently closed.  

Educators will be formally invited to apply in January 2022. The application will consist of a series of written responses and an optional opportunity to provide a short video along with the application. If you have any questions about this process, please contact firsteducation@firstinspires.org.

Stay tuned to see this year’s nominees and join us during Teacher Appreciation Week 2022 to find out the awardees.  

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"We are prioritizing the FIRST educators who impact and inspire their learning communities. We could not further the mission of FIRST without them."
— FIRST Education Director Libby Simpson

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