Educators change the lives of millions of children every day, guiding them and making an impact extending beyond the walls of a classroom. While we appreciate educators all year, Teacher Appreciation Week is a special time to honor those who demonstrate daily their commitment to empowering students with the knowledge and power they will carry forever. To celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week, May 6 - 10, Teachers Federal Credit Union is proud to continue its 4th Annual Teacher Appreciation Week Contest. Nine deserving educators who have made outstanding academic contributions to their communities will be awarded classroom grants. 

Thank you to all who have nominated a teacher who has made an outstanding academic contribution to their community! We received an overwhelming response to the contest and are excited to share the stories of the nominated dedicated educators.

Stay tuned! Eighteen finalists will be announced here on April 22, 2024, when public voting begins.



This award is open to teachers instructing from Pre-K 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 5, 2024, 9:00 a.m. EST through March 19, 2024, 11:59 p.m. EDT

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 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 from April 22, 2024, 9:00 a.m. EDT through April 26, 2024, 11:59 p.m. EDT 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 the nomination, Teachers will inform finalists between April 3 and April 15, 2024, using the contact information provided in the nomination. Winners will be announced on Teachers website, through social media, and via email during Teacher Appreciation Week beginning May 6.

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 


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.