Nominations for the 2005-2006 Teacher of the Year award are now being accepted. To nominate an educator, explain in 250 words or less why this teacher should be the Teacher of the Year. Nominees will be judged on their ability to motivate students, their special talents, and their contribution to their school, students, or educational community. In addition to a cash prize of $1,000 for each winning teacher, the schools that employ the winning teachers each will receive $500 to use for purchasing school supplies, equipment, or for enrichment programs. The eligible states are Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, and Washington.