Educators change the lives of millions of children every day, guiding them and making an impact that extends beyond the walls of a classroom. While we appreciate educators all year, Teacher Appreciation Week is a special time to honor educators who demonstrate daily their commitment to empowering students with the knowledge and power they will carry forever.

To celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week, May 8-12, Teachers Federal Credit Union is excited to announce its 3rd Annual Teacher Appreciation Week Contest. Nine deserving educators who have made outstanding academic contributions to their communities will be awarded classroom grants.

Do you know a teacher who is making an impact on the lives of students in grades Pre-K - 12? We want to celebrate them!

Nominate an educator you know, and they could be the recipient of a $2,500, $1,500, or $1,000 grant for their classroom as well as Teachers FCU swag for their students. We’re awarding a 1st Place, 2nd Place, and 3rd Place prize in each of these three categories for a total of nine winners and $15,000.

Grades Pre-K - 5

  • 1st Place = $2,500
  • 2nd Place = $1,500
  • 3rd Place = $1,000 

Grades 6 - 8

  • 1st Place = $2,500
  • 2nd Place = $1,500
  • 3rd Place = $1,000

Grades 9 - 12

  • 1st Place = $2,500
  • 2nd Place = $1,500
  • 3rd Place = $1,000

Hear From One of Last Year's Winners

How it Works

All nominations are to be made through the submission form provided below which will be available beginning March 7, 2023. Following the nomination period of March 7 through March 21, we will use our rubric to select six finalists in each of the three categories. Choosing the winners is up to you! Public voting will take place here on the Teachers website from April 24 through April 28. Winners will be announced on May 8, 2023.

Requirements to Enter:

  • Eligible teachers must work in a public or private school district in the U.S.
  • Eligible teachers must have an active teaching status, instructing grades pre-K - 12.

Nominate a Teacher

Please complete and submit this nomination form by March 21, 2023, at 11:59 p.m. EST. For questions, please email


Tell us a little about you!


Who is the teacher you are nominating?

Short Answer Questions:
In no less than 75 words each, please answer the questions below and tell us why this teacher deserves to win.
How does this teacher inspire you?
What contributions has the teacher made to their school district or community?
Please include specific examples of what this teacher does to demonstrate a dedication to education and student development.
This question is for testing whether or not you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.

Frequently Asked Questions

This award is open to teachers instructing from Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade in any public or private school district in the United States.

You do not need to be a Teachers FCU member to nominate a teacher or be nominated.

Please submit your nomination between March 7, 2023, 9:00 a.m. EST through March 21, 2023, 11:59 p.m. EST

Yes, you can nominate yourself.

Anyone above the age 18 can nominate a teacher.

Finalists are chosen by a committee based on the following criteria:

  • 25%: Completeness of the nomination
  • 50%: Compelling written essay or TikTok video nomination
  • 25%: How many nominations did you receive?
    Teachers may be nominated multiple times:  (1-5 nominations = 5 points, 6-10 nominations = 10 points, 11-15 nominations = 15 points, 16-20 nominations = 20 points, 21 and more nominations = 25 points.

There is no limit to the amount of times you can be nominated, and multiple nominations are encouraged!

Winners are chosen based on public votes. Voting will be conducted on the Teachers website at The educators with the most votes in each category will be selected as winners. 

Public voting will be held April 24, 2023, 9:00 a.m. EST through April 28, 2023, 11:59 p.m. EST on the Teachers website at

There will be a total of 9 winners with 3 winners in each category: 

  • Pre-K - 5: 1st Place, 2nd Place, 3rd Place
  • 6 - 8: 1st Place, 2nd Place, 3rd Place
  • 9 - 12: 1st Place, 2nd Place, 3rd Place

Using the contact information that was provided in nomination, Teachers will inform finalists on or before April 10, 2023. Winners will be announced on Teachers website, through social media, and via email during Teacher Appreciation Week.

The winners in each category will each receive a grant to be used for classroom supplies, as well as Teachers FCU swag for their students. Prizes are as follows:

Grades Pre-K - 5

  • 1st Place = $2,500
  • 2nd Place = $1,500
  • 3rd Place = $1,000 

Grades 6-8

  • 1st Place = $2,500
  • 2nd Place = $1,500
  • 3rd Place = $1,000 

Grades 9-12

  • 1st Place = $2,500
  • 2nd Place = $1,500
  • 3rd Place = $1,000 

No, only one vote can be cast per email address.


Nominations can be submitted via You must be 18 years or older to submit a nomination. Checks will be made payable to the schools of the winning teachers. Please allow up to 2 weeks for a check to be made payable to the selected schools. A W-9 form must be filled out by the winner's school and be placed on file with Teachers Federal Credit Union upon receipt of funds. Not limited to any state or school district. Winners selected will have their photo taken. Winners grant Teachers Federal Credit Union the right to use any images, name, voice/video, recordings and any contest submissions in all forms of media, for all legal purposes, including but not limited to advertising, trade, or any commercial purpose through the world and in perpetuity. The contest is not applicable for Teachers employees.