Instructions for Preparing Application
Limit your answers to the number of pages requested, using 10 pt. font. Only the number of pages requested will be accepted. Any additional information submitted will not be presented to the selection committee. 

Where do I Submit my Application?
Submit your application materials by mail to the address below:

College of Education
Attn: Thomas O. Bell Prize,
University of Idaho
PO Box 443080
Moscow, ID 83844-3080.

Contact Education


College of Education
phone: (208) 885-6772
toll free: (888) 884-3246
fax: (208) 885-6761
875 Perimeter Drive MS3080
Moscow, ID 83844-3080 

Coeur d'Alene
Phone (208) 667-2588
Toll free (888) 208-2268
Fax (208) 664-1272
1031 N. Academic Way, Suite 242
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814

Phone (208) 334-2999
Toll free (866) 264-7384
Fax (208) 364-4035
322 E. Front Street
Boise, ID 83702

Thomas O. Bell Prize

What is the Thomas O. Bell Prize?
The Thomas O. Bell Prize for Excellence in Teaching is awarded to an outstanding Idaho teacher nominated by his/her peers and selected by a distinguished panel of past award winners and education faculty. The purpose of the Award is to recognize an elementary or secondary teacher who exemplifies outstanding teaching. The first Thomas O. Bell prize was awarded in 1968 to the Idaho Teacher of the Year. The selected teacher will exhibit passion, intellect, knowledge of content, and powerful learning
techniques that focus on results, excellent human relations, and communication abilities.

The winner will be recognized and awarded a $2,000 cash prize during the College of Education Celebration of Teaching ceremony.

The following is the judge’s criteria for evaluation:

  • High level of knowledge about subject matter
  • Uses motivating and successful child-focused teaching methods
  • Evidence of high student achievement as a result of teacher’s efforts
  • Communicates and partners with parents, families and communities
  • Exhibits a deep passion for teaching and learning

About the Selection Committee
The Dean of the College of Education chairs the selection committee, which includes past award winners, teachers, administrators and a faculty member from the College. 

For more information, contact the College of Education at:
(208) 885-6773

About Thomas O. Bell

Bell contributed a lifetime of service to public and higher education in Idaho, ranging from classroom teacher to interim President of the University of Idaho. He is highly regarded for his dedication to education and his work in the field since 1953. His career has been marked by a passion for excellence.

Thomas O. Bell Award

2011 Teacher of the Year

University of Idaho Thomas O. Bell Teacher of the Year Award goes to Becca Palmer, . More