Since the award’s establishment in 1994, Kappa Delta Pi and the Association of Teacher Educators have named a very select few from around the United States as National Student Teachers of the Year. The award recognizes one student teacher/intern annually who has demonstrated the ability to plan and develop classroom management skills and instructional strategies that support all students; establish interpersonal relationships with students, parents, faculty, and staff; and reflect powerfully on their student teaching experience.

With COVID-19 disrupting the 2019–2020 student teaching field experience, we chose to postpone and award a National First Year Teacher of the Year so we could still recognize this cohort. ATE and KDP are honored to partner for both of these prestigious awards in offering national recognition, at least one speaking engagement, and a $2,000 award to our 2021 student teacher and first-year teacher recipients.

Criteria
For the Student Teacher/Intern of the Year award, applicants must be an enrolled undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, or graduate student with a minimum 3.0 GPA and be student teaching/interning full time at a curricular level for which they are eligible for certification.

Membership in KDP or ATE is not required to apply.

All applicants must submit an application that includes a lesson plan and a 30-minute video comprised of an introduction, the lesson plan delivered in a classroom setting, and a reflection of the outcome. A nonrefundable $25 entry fee payable to Kappa Delta Pi must accompany each applicant’s submission.

For questions, please contact Samantha Tarlton Procento at samantha@kdp.org or (317) 829-1556.
Congratulations to the 2021 National Student Teacher of the Year!

Bryan Tran


Bryan Tran, Le Moyne College
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Congratulations to the 2021 National First Year Teacher of the Year!

Hayley McNeill


Hayley McNeill, The University of North Carolina at Charlotte
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Congratulations to the 2019 National Student Teacher of the Year!

Lauren Hornbeak


Lauren Hornbeak, Baylor University
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Congratulations to the 2018 National Student Teacher of the Year!

Parth Shah


Parth Shah, University of California, Berkeley
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Congratulations to the 2017 National Student Teacher of the Year!

Cerelia Diaz


Cerelia Diaz, Texas A&M University, Kingsville
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Congratulations to the 2016 National Student Teacher of the Year!

McKenna Dunn


McKenna Dunn, St. Edward’s University
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Congratulations to the 2015 National Student Teacher of the Year!

Richard Charles Heggan


Richard Charles Heggan, Rowan University
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Congratulations to the 2014 National Student Teacher of the Year!

Mandy Jayne Stanley



Mandy Jayne Stanley, 2014 graduate and current fourth grade teacher at Charles A. Brown Elementary School in Birmingham, Alabama, and 2014 award recipient. Stanley is a 2012 Kappa Delta Pi initiate of Zeta Theta Chapter at Samford University.
“Birmingham is a city that has a very painful past but an exceedingly bright future, and I want all of my students to be a part of it. I knew that by striving to achieve this accolade, I could show my future, now my current, students that anything is possible with the combination of hard work, respect for those around you, and a positive mindset.” –Mandy Jayne Stanley