We've all got a favorite teacher that we remember from our childhood; one that made a huge impact on our life.

How would you like to nominate a teacher for the 2016 Maine Teacher of the Year?

Teachers are committed to excellence and nurturing the achievement of all students, and some really lead the pack! If you would like to nominate a teacher, you can do so at www.mainetoy.org through February 20th.

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To be considered, a teacher must hold at least a four-year degree and be employed by a Maine public school - including a public charter school or publicly supported secondary school.

The 2016 Maine Teacher of the Year will be selected from the 16 county honorees, who will be whittled down to eight semi-finalists and then three state finalists before the ultimate winner is announced by Maine's Education Commissioner at a surprise school assembly in the fall.

The eventual winner of the state's highest teaching honor, which is awarded by the Maine Department of Education through a program administered by Educate Maine, serves as an advocate for teachers, students and the efforts underway in Maine's public schools to prepare students for success in college, career and civic life.

For more information about the Maine Teacher of the Year program, visit http://www.maine.gov/doe/toy/.