January 10, 2017
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Presents 22nd Proposal of 2017 State of the State: Extend the Empire State Excellence in Teaching Awards

Governor Cuomo Presents 22nd Proposal of 2017 State of the State: Extend the Empire State Excellence in Teaching Awards

Governor Proposes Extending Program to Honor Additional 60 Teachers Awards Recognize Outstanding Educators to Celebrate the High Caliber of Teachers Across New York Honorees Receive $5,000 Stipend for Professional Development First Year of Awards Identified 61 Teachers Who Ensure Student Learning is Exciting, Motivating and Challenging


Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today proposed to extend the Empire State Excellence in Teaching Awards to honor 60 additional teachers. Winners will receive an honor from the Governor, the opportunity to advise education policy makers, and a stipend of $5,000. The funds can be used for continued learning and professional endeavors. This includes covering fees for national board certification, additional university courses, or attendance at a state or national conference.


"New York teachers hold the keys to the future – they inspire the next generation of artists, scientists and leaders – and we are lucky to have outstanding educators in every corner of the state," Governor Cuomo said. "These awards recognize teachers who exemplify the incomparable quality of education in New York, thank them for all that they do, and provide them with resources to continue to develop and grow their skills even further."

In 2016, Governor Cuomo established the first-ever teaching awards to recognize outstanding educators who exemplify the highest professional standards and work to inspire students, instill a love of learning, and ensure school is exciting, motivating and challenging. Building on the success of last year's awards, Governor Cuomo proposes an additional round of awards for excellent teachers from across the state who exemplify the high caliber of teaching in classrooms across the state each and every day.

Selection Process

Anyone can nominate a public school teacher of any grade or subject. Teachers are selected by a panel of education leaders from organizations including the New York State United Teachers, the United Federation of Teachers, SUNY, and the New York State PTA, superintendent and principal associations. The awardees are teachers from every region of the state who devote their careers to working with students in grades Pre-K to 12, and teach diverse subjects such as music, math, reading, science, technical education, art and physical education.

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