February 11, 2019
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Announces Nominations and Applications Now Open for Third Round of Empire State Excellence in Teaching Award

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Honorees to Receive $5,000 Stipend to Support Professional Development


Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced nominations and applications for the third round of the Empire State Excellence in Teaching program are now open. The program recognizes teachers across New York State who are successfully preparing a new generation of learners for the future and honors outstanding individuals who exemplify the highest standards of teaching, working to foster creativity, instill a love of learning, and inspire independent thinking and student initiative.


"New York State is home to countless talented and dedicated teachers who spend their careers inspiring and enriching the lives of our young people," Governor Cuomo said. "This program helps recognize the best of the best - the teachers who go above and beyond for their students to provide them the resources they need to succeed in the classroom and beyond."


"Through the Empire State Excellence in Teaching Award, teachers who have prioritized bettering the lives of their students will be recognized and rewarded for their dedication," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "We value New York State teachers and know they are an essential component for our children's success. With their commitment to seeing their students excel in and outside of the classroom, these outstanding individuals will continue to improve the future of our education system and our state."


Honorees will receive a $5,000 stipend to support their professional development interests and will also be invited to meet with university, workforce and policy leaders across the state to share their expertise and insights.

New York teachers are invited to submit an application for final consideration by a panel of leaders from several New York professional education associations. Applications are due by March 8, 2019.

Members of the selection panel include:


  • School Administrators Association of New York State
  • New York State United Teachers
  • United Federation of Teachers
  • New York State Council of School Superintendents
  • New York State Parent Teacher Association
  • The State University of New York

For more information on the Empire State Excellence in Teaching Program, please visit https://www.suny.edu/excellence-in-teaching/.


Senate Education Committee Chair Shelley Mayer said, "Outstanding teachers are the foundation of effective education. The Empire State Excellence in Teaching Awards are a great way to recognize the exceptional educators throughout the state who are there for students in a multitude of ways in addition to delivering effective instruction in the classroom. The stipend provided along with the award will allow the teachers to continue their professional development and further advance their roles in the classroom. I look forward to meeting this year's honorees and continuing to support the necessary resources our teachers require."


Assembly Education Committee Chair Michael Benedetto said, "I congratulate the dedicated educators who are this year's Excellence in Teaching Awards recipients. Representing regions across New York State, it is my honor to congratulate every one of them for achieving this individual recognition for playing a dynamic role in educating our diverse student population."


United Federation of Teachers President Michael Mulgrew said, "New York's teachers are the unsung heroes in our students' lives, whether it is sparking a love of learning, helping with a family crisis or empowering students to get into their first choice for college. The Empire State Excellence in Teaching Program recognizes our colleagues' great work and shares their success stories."


NYSUT President Andy Pallotta said, "When we invest in and celebrate excellent teachers, we are highlighting the critical role educators play in providing students the opportunity to thrive and succeed. A good teacher could be the spark that ignites a student's imagination and opens the path to a brighter future. The Empire State Excellence in Teaching Program is an important way to ensure outstanding teachers have the support they need to become the best educators possible."

Last year, a total of 58 winners were selected from all ten regions of the state for the third round. These individuals have been selected as representative of the over 200,000 dedicated teachers across New York who work nights and weekends correcting papers and writing lesson plans; teachers who take time from their families in the evening to call parents to talk about students' progress; teachers who come in early and stay late to tutor students who need extra help, and much more.

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