Sonoma County Office of Education

Sonoma County Exemplary Teacher Recognition

  • There are no minimum eligibility requirements.
  • Any K-12 teacher currently working in Sonoma County schools is eligible for this recognition program.
  • Administrators must complete the nomination form.
  • Nomination forms must be returned to Kimberly Vallee (
  • DEADLINE: no later than 4 p.m. on May 31, 2022.

Teacher of the Year Program

Minimum Eligibility Requirements

  • Fully credentialed teacher for a minimum of eight years.
  • Must have a minimum of eight years of credentialed teaching experience in the classroom.
  • Currently assigned to teach students at least .5 FTE.
  • Assigned to teach students for the 2022-23 school year.

Additionally, applicants must:

  • Have demonstrated leadership and innovation in and outside of the classroom walls that embodies lifelong learning.
  • Have expressed themselves in an engaging and articulate way.
  • Be available to fulfill ambassadorial duties during the year of service (if selected as California Teacher of the Year).
  • Have the support of their principal/employer.

Application Forms

All materials must be returned to:
Sonoma County Office of Education
Superintendent’s Office, Attn: Kimberly Vallée
5340 Skylane Blvd.
Santa Rosa, CA 95403

Teacher of the Year Application (Fillable PDF)
Teacher of the Year Application (Word)

Scoring Rubric

Teacher of the Year Application Scoring Rubric