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Idaho Teacher of the Year

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 state education leaders and lawmakers. The Idaho Teacher of the Year serves as Idaho’s nominee for the National Teacher of the Year program, a project of the Council of Chief State School Officers.

If you know a teacher who inspires students to achieve, innovates in the classroom, and goes beyond the call of duty to help our students persevere in life and prepare for their future, please fill out the simple nomination form below. We will contact nominated teachers and invite them to apply for Teacher of the Year.

2022 Teacher of the Year - Todd Knight

2022 Teacher of the Year Todd Knight with Superintendent Ybarra and Principal Joe Palaia

Todd Knight
Idaho Teacher of the Year
Crossroads Middle School

Todd Knight teaches science, engineering and coding classes to sixth, seventh and eighth graders at Crossroads Middle School in Meridian, where he serves as Digital Technology Lead and Science Department Head at Crossroads Middle School.

A graduate of Meridian High School, Knight holds a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Boise State University and a master’s of curriculum and instruction in STEM Education from Concordia University.

He finds personalized, relatable ways to communicate scientific data and principles and inspires students to demonstrate what they know in ways that relate to their lives: for example, a research paper on how tackling in football demonstrates Newton’s Law of equal and opposite reactions.

Knight believes success in education comes from focusing on students’ educational and personal growth, not just their achievements. He wants his community to join him in encouraging and connecting with students at Crossroads and beyond, as they are the future of our community. His message: “Together, we can excel. Don’t give up – on yourself, each other, or just in general. Persevere beyond the challenges of the current situation and rise above.”

As Idaho's Teacher of the Year, Todd Knight 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 Todd Knight!