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 equity and personal commitments to their students.

TORCH Nomination Process

Each year the Ohio Teacher of the Year (OTOY) and Ohio Teacher of the year finalists together evaluate nominations and work with a committee to select TORCH honorees. The Ohio Department of Education supports the program.

2020 TORCH Honorees

Students, colleagues and communities can nominate teachers for TORCH recognition from now through January 31, 2020. Download and complete a fillable nomination form, which also includes a link to submit the form.

2019 TORCH Honorees

Last year, the TORCH program’s inaugural year, the selection committee was greatly impressed by the stories of Ohio teachers who are dedicated to educational equity and making strong personal commitments to their students. Learn about the 2019 honorees.



For answers to questions, contact 2019 Ohio Teacher of the Year and the Department’s current teacher-in-residence

Promote TORCH in your District

Districts can use this prepared text  and the logos below to promote the TORCH program through their websites and newsletters.

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