About the TCEA Educator Awards
TCEA’s Annual Educator Awards recognize excellence in the integration of technology in schools. These awards, also known as Golden Apples, have been bestowed upon some of the most innovative and engaging educators. Award recipients receive a $1,000 prize and two finalists in each category receive $500 prizes. In lieu of the cash prize, School Board Award winners will each receive a TCEA 2017 Convention & Exposition Premium registration, plus hotel accommodations for two nights on February 6 and 7, 2017. Nominations are open this year from September 11 – October 27. Awards are presented at a formal awards ceremony and reception during TCEA’s Annual Convention & Exposition in February.
Current and Past Recipients
TCEA offers awards in the following categories:
High Impact Teacher of the Year
This award is presented to a teacher who exhibits exemplary use of technology in the classroom. The teacher recognizes and uses a wide variety of technology tools to enhance the learning of all students.
Library Media Specialist of the Year
This award will recognize a Texas certified librarian who actively promotes the integration of technology in the library media center and works collaboratively with administrators, teachers, and students to promote and support the integration of technology throughout the curriculum.
Technical Support Person of the Year
This award recognizes exemplary support personnel who make significant contributions by providing technical support to facilitate the successful use of technology on a campus or at the district level.
Instructional Technology Specialist of the Year
This award recognizes exemplary personnel who work with one or more campuses in technology planning and curriculum integration. This may include, but is not limited to: instructional teacher technologists, technology specialists, technology trainers, and technology facilitators. This award was created to recognize the significant contribution these individuals make toward the successful use of technology on their campuses.
District or Campus Administrator of the Year
This award is presented to a district or campus administrator who recognizes the importance of technology in the teaching and learning process and actively promotes the use of technology on the campus or throughout the district.
Technology Administrator of the Year
This award is presented to a technology administrator who exhibits exemplary vision and management of technology at the district level.
School Board of the Year
This award is presented to a School Board who recognizes the importance of technology in the teaching and learning process and actively promotes the use of technology throughout the district.
Lifetime Achievement for the Advancement of Technology in Education
This award is presented to a professional educator who has worked tirelessly to advance the use of technology in education.
At the awards ceremony, another prestigious recognition is also announced, the “Making IT Happen” award.
The High Impact Teacher of the Year recipient will be entered into the ISTE’s Outstanding Teacher of the Year contest. One other award will be entered into the ISTE’s Outstanding Leaders of the year contest.
- TCEA Educator Awards are open to all public, private, and parochial educators.
- All nominees must be members of TCEA except those applying for School Board of the Year and Lifetime Achievement. Non-members may submit membership dues at the time of entry.
- Previous nominees are eligible and encouraged to enter.
- Active TCEA board members, staff, or family are not eligible to receive our award.
- Number of years in education
- Summary of accomplishments
- Resume or C.V.
- Letter of recommendation
- Video or supporting documents