Kristi Borge

2021 Montana Teacher of the Year

Polaris, Montana


Linda Rost

2020 Montana Teacher of the Year

Baker, Montana



Dylan Huisken

2019 Montana Teacher of the Year

Bonner, Montana






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.

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:

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