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 For answers to questions, contact 2018 Ohio Teacher of the Year and the Department’s current teacher-in-residence

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.

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