Professional Development

Armstrong Teacher Educator Award

We bring some of Indiana’s best educators to Bloomington to work with future teachers. The Armstrong Teacher Educator Award is more than a “teacher of the year” award. In addition to recognizing educator excellence, the award provides financial support for top Indiana educators to work with current IU faculty and undergraduates in the classroom and early field experiences.

Since 1997, this award has been funded through the generosity of the Martha Lea and Bill Armstrong Fund and the Cook Group companies.

Meet the 2018-2019 Cohort

Responsibilities of Armstrong Teacher Educators

Armstrong Teacher Educators take an active role in shaping the next generation of teachers. For all recipients, that means traveling to Bloomington to participate in a panel discussion of current issues in education, as well as inviting IU students to their own classrooms to observe and learn. Some Armstrong winners also become Teachers-in-Residence and make regular trips to campus throughout the year to visit classes and collaborate with IU faculty on their curriculum, as well as conduct workshops on career development or related professional issues.

The Benefits of Becoming an Armstrong Teacher Educator

Armstrong Teacher Educators receive reimbursement for travel and lodging expenses when visiting the Bloomington campus, funding to pay for a substitute teacher while they’re away from the classroom, and a $500 honorarium for their participation in a fall semester discussion panel at IU.

To recognize and support their intensive involvement throughout the school year, Armstrong Teachers-in-Residence receive additional funding and support.

How to Nominate a Teacher

Armstrong Teacher Educators must be nominated by their district superintendent in consultation with their building principal (one nomination per district). When they have identified a teacher to nominate, superintendents write a nomination letter which the teacher will include in their application packet. Nomination packets are sent to every Indiana school and school district in November of each year. We especially encourage nominations of persons of color, applicants with disabilities, and members of other under-represented groups. Click below for more details on the application process and program expectations.

The deadline for 2018-2019 applications has passed. Please check back in the fall if you wish to nominate someone for the 2019-2020 cohort.

Application Requirements


If you have questions about the Armstrong Teacher Educator Award, please contact the program administrators.