Outstanding Secondary Teacher

Recognizing the Greatest Achievements in Education

The process of nominating a candidate for the Outstanding Secondary 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 have completed at least three full years of teaching and be aware of and in agreement with this nomination. 

Award Criteria 

Nominees are teachers who:

  • Instill in students a desire to learn and achieve.
  • Understand the individual needs of students, encourage their talents, and foster their self-esteem.
  • Showcase a thorough knowledge of subject matter and the ability to share it effectively with students.
  • Proactively facilitate cooperative relationships with their colleagues, students, and the community.
  • Demonstrate outstanding leadership.
  • 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 Teacher. The Outstanding Secondary Teacher from each school advances to the pyramid level, where a Pyramid Secondary School Teacher is selected to advance to the region level. The Region Outstanding Secondary School Teacher is selected from each group of pyramid level winners and is a finalist for each award. The annual overall FCPS Outstanding Secondary Teacher is chosen from each group of finalists. 

Awards and Recognition

All school-level honorees will be recognized. The annual FCPS Outstanding Secondary 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.