Columbus Parent is proud to launch its first Teachers of the Year contest this year.

Columbus Parent is proud to launch its first Teachers of the Year contest this year. We are soliciting nominations from school principals from Feb. 1 through March 15 in three categories: elementary school (K-5) teachers, middle school (grades 6-8) teachers and high school (grades 9-12). Our staff will review the nominations and select finalists in each category.

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