How do you feel about "Teacher of the Year" award? In my district, I feel it is pretty political. You have to be nominated by another teacher (not parent or student), and then if you are nominated, you have to fill out a form about why you think you deserve it (your accomplishments, contributions, etc.) Then a group of past winners decide who gets it. The "rubric" they use puts great weight into contributions outside of the classroom, like coaching and organizing PD, and the award seems to have very little to do with actual teaching. To me it would make more sense if it were based on things such as classroom observations, test scores, and parent/student feedback.