The Teachers of Ohio Representing Character and Heart (TORCH) recognition honors five extraordinary teachers annually by celebrating their efforts to model strong character and a heart for their students, colleagues and communities. TORCH recipients should demonstrate dedication to social justice and personal commitments to their students.

A district, school, colleague, parent, student or community member can nominate an educator for TORCH recognition. Each year the Ohio Teacher of the Year (OTOY) and OTOY finalists together evaluate nominations and work with a committee to select TORCH honorees. The Ohio Department of Education supports the program.

Find a nomination form below that explains how honorees qualify for nomination and how they are selected. Send nominations to TORCH@education.ohio.gov. For answers to questions, contact 2018 Ohio Teacher of the Year and the Department’s current teacher-in-residence Jonathan.Juravich@education.ohio.gov.

Districts can use this prepared text to promote the TORCH program through their websites and newsletters. Download a TORCH logo or seal below.

TORCH Logo and Seal

Click on image or text below to download.

Last Modified: 1/3/2019 9:48:03 AM