JISD and the Jacksonville Education Foundation sponsor the TOY and EOY program each spring. Staff members on all campuses nominate and vote on a campus Teacher of the Year and any staff member may nominate for the Employee of the Year categories.
An independent group of former educators meet and review the biography, principal notes, and teacher philosophy of each campus winner. They also visit the campuses and observe classroom instruction. Both a secondary (6th - 12th) district winner and an elementary (PK - 5) district winner are chosen by this committee.
All TOY winners are recognized at a Board of Trustees monthly meeting and presented with a $50.00 check from the Foundation and a beautiful plaque. The Secondary and Elementary district winners are announced at this meeting and are presented with a $500 stipend from JISD and a $500 stipend from the Education Foundation. These district TOY winners are then submitted to the Educational Service Center competition which is in conjunction with the State of Texas Teacher of the Year program.
The Employee of the Year categories are designed to recognize employees who exhibit an exemplary performance in their jobs which are not classroom instruction. Auxiliary EOY includes maintenance, custodial, food service, and bus drivers. Para-Professional EOY includes secretaries, classroom aides, library aides, nurses aides, and receptionists.
A Non-Teaching Professional employee includes directors, principals, counselors, assistant principals, strategists and academic coaches.
The Employee of the Year candidates may be nominated by any staff member. Committees of 6 staff members chosen at random are divided into three groups to review the nominations for the different categories. The names of the committee members remain anonymous and change annually.
The EOY winners are surprised on campus by a team of administrators and announced as the winner. They are also presented at the Board of Trustees meeting and awarded a $500 stipend from JISD along with a $500 stipend from the Foundation.
Teachers of the Year and Employees of the Year are recognized at Convocation as the following year kicks off, and pictures are displayed in a place of honor at the JISD Administration Office.