This year Columbus Parent is sponsoring its first ever Teachers of the Year contest.

This year Columbus Parent is sponsoring its first ever Teachers of the Year contest. Through March 15, we are accepting nominations from school principals for teachers in the elementary (K-5), middle (6-8) and high school levels. We have already received quite a few, but we'd love to know about more of the great teachers out there in central Ohio - ask your school principal if he or she has nominated your favorite teacher!

Then, beginning on March 25 and running through May 3, online voting for one "People's Choice" winner (out of all three categories) will be sponsored by Sylvan Learning of Lewis Center. During that same time, a panel of judges, which includes professional educators, will conduct further research and select the overall winner in each merit category.

The three merit winners and the one People's Choice winner will receive their prizes (which include a $500 cash prize!) during the month of May, and they will be featured in Columbus Parent's August Back-to-School issue.

For more information, visit ColumbusParent.com/teachers