The Idaho Teacher of the Year Program, which began in 1959, is one of the most prestigious honors in the state for teachers. The program focuses public attention on excellence in teaching that has a real impact on the students of Idaho.
The Idaho Teacher of the Year is chosen from among district nominees by a selection committee representing the state education leaders and lawmakers. Each school district and charter school may nominate one teacher. School districts should submit the nominations to the State Department of Education before the end of the school year.
The Idaho Teacher of the Year also becomes a nominee for the National Teacher of the Year, a project of the Council of Chief State School Officers that is sponsored by Scholastic Inc.
2018 Teacher of the Year - Becky Mitchell
A teacher dedicated to seeing students “go on” after high school is Idaho’s 2018 Idaho Teacher of the Year.
Becky Mitchell teaches at Vision Charter School in Caldwell and was named Teacher of the Year in September 2017.
She teaches and models acceptance, kindness, respect, high expectations for all, and the value of truly celebrating one another.
Mitchell, head of the language arts program at Vision Charter School, has taught for about two decades. In her years at Vision, she has immersed herself in teaching dual-credit classes, where her high school students earn college credits in courses ranging from chemistry, physics and engineering to English composition.
“I would like to be the spokesperson for ‘going on,’ for encouraging this generation to jump with their parachute and grab the future,” Mitchell said in her application for the honor.
Preparing her students for success includes lessons in financial responsibility for life after high school, and projects and competitions that transcend the classroom to connect teens to their communities and their future. Dual-credit students spend significant time on local college campuses, and Mitchell revamped the school’s senior project curriculum to allow “students to try on and research a career before committing money and time to the pursuit.”
A teacher of wide-ranging expertise and interests, Mitchell introduced robotics at Vision Charter School and serves as the school’s drama director. She holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry education from Northwest Nazarene University and a master’s degree in science education from Montana State University.
As Idaho's Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Mitchell will:
- Receive $1,000 from the State;
- Travel across Idaho talking with other teachers, legislators, and policymakers about education in our state;
- Travel to Washington, DC in the spring to meet Teachers of the Year from other states and the President of the United States; and,
- Serve as Idaho's nominee for National Teacher of the Year.
Congratulations Becky Mitchell!