The Air Force Association’s (AFA) Claude Farinha Gold Rush Chapter 116 recognizes outstanding teachers (one in grades K-8 and one in grades 9-12) who have demonstrated accomplishments instructing science, technology engineering, mathematics and/or aerospace educational courses in grades K-12 schools. Chapter 116 selects their “TEACHERS OF THE YEAR” (TOY) from the Sacramento area. The 2017 Chapter 116 Teachers of the Year will be formally recognized and receive the award at our annual Scholarship and Awards banquet held in late April 2017. One winner will also be submitted to compete at the state level as the Chapter 116 representative with teachers through out California AFA. Each school principal should select their teacher that qualifies for this teacher of the year award, work to insure that they meet all the necessary requirements and assist them in submitting an application to meet the 15 March 2017 deadline.