Teacher of the year

Preparing young people for their future and success in a rapidly changing society is important. Delivering entrepreneurial education in schools and inspiring and encouraging young people happens due to active people.

Junior Achievement Finland rewards teachers of excellent merit yearly. The teachers are chosen as the JA Teachers of the Year, each of which will have delivered the JA programme in his or her educational institutional. A Teacher of the Year is an ambassador for entrepreneurial education, an enabler who excites and motivates students, an active networker and developer in his or her own educational institution.

On the basis of the nominations received we will choose three teachers who will be awarded in the end of spring 2023.


  • Excites and motivates students
  • Taking students’ abilities and strengths into account
  • Involving one’s local businesses
  • Spreading the message about JA activities
  • Promoting learning by doing and an entrepreneurial attitude in one’s own educational institution

The Teacher of the Year may be a teacher who has long worked with programmes, or a new teacher who has just mastered the programme. Not all criteria need to be filled to be chosen Teacher of the Year.

Meet the past Teachers of the year

Frequently asked questions

Can I nominate myself as Teacher of the Year?

Yes you can! You can either nominate yourself or someone else. As you nominate yourself, you can justify to us why you would be the most appropriate choice.

Can a teacher who has previously received the award win the award again?

Yes they can! If the teacher has done a laudable and excellent job, they can win the award.