Celebrating Education


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Coconino County Teacher of the Year

General Information

The Coconino County Superintendent’s Office is committed to supporting and improving educator quality by creating conditions for teachers to flourish.  This Recognition Event highlights exemplary teachers while initiating a new conversation around the foundation for a transformative educational system.  If we truly want a world-class educational system, we must honor exceptional teachers.

CCESA annually hosts the Teacher of the Year (TOY) event. TOY is the only county-wide teacher recognition program that spotlights the contributions of Coconino County’s certified public school teachers. Nominees are state-accredited traditional district or charter public school teachers in grades Pre-Kindergarten through 12 who have completed at least four (4) full years as a classroom teacher at application time. These educators have gained the respect and admiration of students, parents, colleagues; and inspire students of all backgrounds and abilities to learn.  At the annual awards dinner held at the High Country Conference Center, three exceptional teachers, the TOY Finalists are recognized. One teacher is awarded the Coconino County Teacher of the Year title and the other two, Ambassadors for Excellence.

Please join us in the opportunity to celebrate, honor, and recognize the professional educators within our County community. Their tremendous efforts and successes create positive impacts and motivations, which are evident through the successes of our students and their families here in Coconino County.

Current Teacher of the Year

Past Teachers of the Year

Other Information

Click the link below and email your request to schedule an appearance of the (current or past) Teacher of the Year or Ambassador(s) cctoy@coconino.az.gov

Coconino County Spelling Bee

The Spelling Bee in Coconino County is a strong tradition intended to encourage and celebrate academic excellence.  Open to all students in Coconino County in grades three through eight.  We hope it improves spelling, increases vocabularies, fosters the learning of new concepts, and develops correct English usage that will help our children all their lives.  Plus, it’s fun!

Typically, the County Bee is scheduled for the weekend before President’s Day.

2017 Spelling Bee Information (PDF)

To ensure your students’ eligibility to participate in the 2017 Coconino County Spelling BEE (Saturday, February 11, 2017) and the 2017 Arizona Spelling Bee, schools must be registered with Scripps National Spelling Bee by December 12, 2016. Click here to enroll now.

Go to Arizona Educational Foundation to access to statewide spelling bee information and much more.

Spelling BEE Archives