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.

2022 TORCH Honorees

Read the stories of Ohio teachers who are dedicated to educational equity and making strong personal commitments to their students. Learn about the 2022 honorees.

TORCH Nomination Process

The current Ohio Teacher Fellow (previous Ohio Teacher of the Year) along with Ohio Teacher of the Year finalists review nominations and work as a committee to select the TORCH honorees with support from the Ohio Department of Education.



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Promote TORCH in your District

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

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Last Modified: 4/18/2022 1:24:19 PM