William Stockton

2022 Montana Teacher of the Year

Arlee, Montana

William Stockton


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The mission of the Montana Teacher of the Year Program is to elevate student success by empowering classroom innovation and enhancing pathways to teacher leadership. 

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A+ The TOY Program elevates student success by celebrating teachers who honor individual student strengths and each child’s unique abilities.


A+ The TOY Program empowers classroom innovation by recognizing teachers who are responsive to the complex realities that define Montana’s diverse and unique classrooms across the state.

A+ The TOY Program enhances pathways to teacher leadership by creating teacher ambassadors at the local, state, and national level to connect classrooms to the community.

Congratulations 2022 Teacher of the Year
William Stockton of Arlee


2022 Teacher of the Year CeremonyHello everyone, my name is Bill Stockton. This is my 14th year teaching and my 12th year teaching at Arlee High School. I love teaching science, engaging my students in critical thinking, and creating lifelong learners. I really have enjoyed my time at AHS. I'm really honored to be recognized as the 2022 teacher of the year. There's been a lot of great teachers in my life, and I owe this to them.   

My education started with growing up in central Idaho. After graduating high school, I moved to Montana to attend the University of Montana in Missoula. I received a BA in Biology from the University of Montana and then later a MS in Science Education from Montana State University. Recently I was a recipient of the 2020 Teresa Veltkamp Advocacy Award for Excellence in Indian Education for All, from Montana's Office of Public Instruction. 

Along with teaching at Arlee High School, I have taught five years for Montana Digital Academy and have been actively engaged in teacher professional development.

When I am not teaching, I enjoy exploring Montana while camping, boating, and hiking. I also enjoy sports, playing video games, going to concerts, and spending time with my family and friends.




About the MT TOY Program

The MT TOY Program is part of the National Teacher of the Year Program conducted by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), of which Montana’s Superintendent of Public Instruction is a member.

Diverse statewide selection committees review and interview applicants to determine the finalists and ultimately the Montana TOY who then competes at the national level to become CCSSO’s National TOY.  For more information on the National TOY, please visit: https://www.ccsso.org/national-teacher-of-the-year.

All active Montana K-12 teachers who are making a positive difference for students in their community are encouraged to apply. 

For more information, you can email MTTOY@mt.gov.