Each year the International Technology Education Association (ITEEA) recognizes the outstanding technology teachers from each affiliate of the nation through the Teacher Excellence Program which provides for each affiliate to award an elementary, middle, and high school level award. The Ohio teachers selected are appropriately honored during both the OTEEA and ITEEA conferences, and a plaque is presented at the ITEA as evidence of this distinction. The OTEEA awards the recipients compensation for travel and housing to attend the ITEEA conference to receive this award.
In selecting the teachers to receive the award, the following procedures and criteria will be used:1. All OTEEA Districts are encouraged to nominate teachers from their association for each level of the Teacher Excellence Awards. Any member of the Ohio Technology & Engineering Educators Association may nominate a teacher member for the award by writing a letter either to the President of the Association or to a person appointed to receive nominations. Teachers not selected to receive the state (ITEEA) awards will be presented state certificates of excellence as well.2. Letters supporting the nominee must be submitted by at least two other persons, such as superintendent, principal, fellow teachers, or former students of the nominee.3. The nominee must be a technology classroom teacher below the college level.4. The nominee must be a member of the Ohio Technology & Engineering Educators Association and the International Technology & Engineering Educators Association at the time of the nomination.5. The nominee must have been a member of the Ohio Technology and Engineering Educators Association for at least three years and have been a member of the ITEEA for at least two years.6. Evidence should be submitted testifying to the nominee's significant participation in the work and activities of professional education groups, including the Ohio Technology & Engineering Educators Association.7. Letters, to be considered, must include the present address of the candidate.
Any member making a nomination should assume the responsibility for having supporting letters written and submitted to the President of the Association or to the person appointed to receive nominations. The nominating letter should state that the nominee meets the above criteria, and both the nominating and supporting letters should indicate in what way the nominee has been outstanding in any or all of the following:1. Education preparation: where, when, and honors.2. Teaching experience: where, number of years in each place, and subjects taught.3. Ability to motivate students to do their best.4. Contribution toward upgrading technology in the school program.5. Rapport with students.6. Active Leadership role in technology education groups.7. Participation in community activities.
Each nomination will be considered by an appointed committee with the OTEEA Executive Committee making the final selection.