Outstanding Secondary New Teacher

Recognizing the Greatest Achievements in Education

The process of nominating a candidate for the Outstanding Secondary School New Teacher Award begins at the school level through each school's awards liaison. The awards liaison at each school has information about the nomination process and deadlines. 

Any FCPS employee or community member can nominate a teacher for this award, but employees may not nominate themselves. Eligible candidates must be within the first three years of teaching and are aware of and in agreement with this nomination. 

Award Criteria 

Nominees are teachers who:

  • Exhibit superior instructional skills
  • Interact exceptionally well with students
  • Demonstrate excellent ability to communicate and engage with faculty, staff, parents and the community
  • Foster an environment where diversity in all of its forms is valued and appreciated and demonstrate keeping equity at the center of their work

The Selection Process

All schools will conduct a local nomination process to determine their Outstanding Secondary New Teacher. The Outstanding Secondary New Teacher from each school advances to the pyramid level, where a Pyramid Secondary School New Teacher is selected to advance to the region level. The Region Outstanding Secondary School New Teacher is selected from each group of pyramid level winners and is a finalist for the award. The overall FCPS Outstanding Secondary New Teacher is chosen from this group of finalists.

Awards and Recognition

All school-level honorees will be recognized. The annual FCPS Outstanding Secondary New Teacher will be announced at the FCPS Honors event and will receive $4000. In recognition of collaborative teamwork, the FCPS award winners and their colleagues will also receive a celebration at their worksite.

Questions and More Information

Please contact the school's awards liaison with questions or visit the Outstanding Employee Awards web page.  

Employees, Applicants, and Retirees

Submit questions or concerns, as well as upload forms and other documents through the FCPS StaffConnect portal. Human Resources representatives are also available for assistance Monday – Friday (8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) by calling 571-423-3000 or 1-800-831-4331.