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Teachers are a vital part of the FIRST® community.

This Recognition Program honors our commitment to recognizing the outstanding work of educators in the FIRST® community – for their dedication, passion, and impact on the students they teach.

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

Important Dates and Deadlines

October 3, 2022 | Nominations Open

December 9, 2022 | Nominations Close

January 16, 2023 | Teacher Applications Open for Nominees

February 3, 2023 | Teacher Applications Close 

Teacher Appreciation Week 2023 | Awardees Announced

Educators who are recognized will have the opportunity to participate in a Year of Inspiration.


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

Nominations are Currently 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 2023. 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 2023 to celebrate the awardees.

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