An AWARE nominated teacher fosters a love of learning in their students, motivates their students in their classroom, and provides a positive influence beyond the classroom. To be nominated, a teacher must have completed a minimum of three years of teaching in Arlington ISD.

The winners are selected through an extensive process of classroom observation and interviews conducted by the AWARE Selection Committee. The committee consists of business, community and education leaders. The committee is screened to prevent conflicts of interest through the selection process.