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We Appreciate Teachers

Submission Deadline:  April 1, 2024

We’re on a quest to find 25 extraordinary teachers across Illinois!

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In the heart of every community, teachers ignite the spark of learning, nurturing dreams, and shaping futures. At Back 2 School America, we recognize the extraordinary dedication and impactful work of teachers across the state.

Whether you’re a teacher, a student, or simply a supporter of education, join us in celebrating the remarkable teachers who make a difference every day!


Contest Timeline

  • Submission Start Date: January 4, 2024
  • Submission Deadline:  April 1, 2024
  • Winner Announcement: April 11, 2024

Prizes for Winning Teachers


  • Each winning teacher is bestowed a lavish Teacher Appreciation Gift Basket filled with delectable snacks, wine, gift cards, and much more.
  • A pair of VIP tickets to a dazzling champagne teacher award ceremony.
  • Thirty (30) Back 2 School Kits for each student classroom to assist in reducing their out-of-pocket spending.

Things To Know


  • Nominations for teachers may be submitted by anyone living anywhere (including the teachers themselves); however, the nominated teacher must be currently employed at an Illinois school.
  • Contest Supports Classroom Equity While Reducing Teacher Out-of-Pocket Spending
    • Significant Out-of-Pocket Spending: The majority of public school teachers spend an average of $673 annually on classroom supplies, as revealed by a survey conducted by the Association of American Educators (AAE).
    • Widespread Financial Contributions by Teachers: It’s estimated that over 90 percent of teachers use their own money to purchase school supplies and other items necessary for their student’s success.
    • Under-Resourced Schools Exacerbate Issues: The lack of resources in schools and the implicit expectation for teachers to spend their own money contribute to driving them away from the profession.