NTOY Program

Massachusetts Teacher Named 2017 National Teacher of the Year

The Council of Chief State School Officers today announced that Sydney Chaffee, a high school teacher in Boston, MA is the 2017 National Teacher of the Year.

Chaffee teaches humanities at Codman Academy Charter Public School, where she focuses on the intersection of history and literature to help her students learn from lessons of the past to make change in the world. Chaffee, who has taught for 10 years, believes education must be authentic and encourages her students to take risks by creating a safe environment in her classroom for diverse learners.

"I am honored to be the 2017 National Teacher of the Year," Chaffee said. "In the course of the next year, I hope to participate in a national conversation on how education can be a tool for social justice and empower students to stand up for themselves and create change."

The National Teacher of the Year program, run by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and presented by Voya Financial, Inc., identifies exceptional teachers in the country, recognizes their effective work in the classroom, engages them in a year of professional learning, amplifies their voices, and empowers them to participate in policy discussions at the state and national levels.  - Read more

About the National Teacher of the Year Program

The National Teacher of the Year (NTOY) Program began in 1952 and continues as the oldest, most prestigious national honors program that focuses public attention on excellence in teaching.

Meet Sydney Chaffee: 2017 National Teacher of the Year

Sydney Chaffee was named 2017 National Teacher of the Year on April 20, 2017.

News

Discover what’s new in the National Teacher of the Year Program. See the latest press releases, find out about this years finalists and the National Teacher of the Year.

National Teacher of the Year

Listing of the National Teachers of the Year

State Teachers of the Year

Every year organizations in each state choose a worthy teacher to represent the state. Check out the exceptional teachers that became the State Teacher of the Year.

State Program Coordinators

Listing of the State Program Coordinators

Request the National Teacher of the Year

The National Teacher of the Year is often requested to make appearances and represent the nation’s educators. Request the National Teacher to speak at your next event.

Program Sponsors

The National Teacher of the Year Program is a project of the Council of Chief State School Officers in partnership with the Voya Foundation.