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  1. Daniel Shemtov
    Daniel Shemtov / 1-17-2011 / ·

    I know of a lot of teachers who are extremely deserving of this special and gratuitous recognition but the one person that comes to mind mostly is my loving sweetheart. Just to give you a little bit of a back story on her life, she used to work in the high-paced cut-throat fashion industry in NYC making great money and living the “high life” but there was something always missing…a sense of self-gratification. So she suddenly quit to pursue her “real” passion, to become a teacher and help others. She dedicated the next few years of her life going back to school working day in and day out while trying to live the most frugal life possible, considering she wasn’t working full-time anymore and being forced to scale back a previously lavish lifestyle while mainly living off savings and racking up credit card debt. In the end, she graduated with honors in obtaining her teaching degree and secured a urban city high school position teaching juniors & seniors in the lessons of life, something she can now preach with much conviction. And even though she’s making a living now, it’s much less than what she was once used to but she always says how she wouldn’t have it any other way…that you can never put a “price” on one’s own gratification. By far, she is my inspiration and presumably, an inspiration to the many young teenagers she happily teaches.

  2. Misty
    Misty / 1-17-2011 / ·

    I would like to nominate Mr. Randy Young of Thomasville, GA. He has dedicated his life to teaching Video Production to high school students. He always made sure it was rewarding for the students and even helped a lot of us through personal matters. Recently a student died in a wreck on her way home from helping him broadcast the local football game and since then he has started a scholarship in her honor. He love’s each of his students and no matter how long they have been out of his class he remembers them. He puts out so much for the community and still maintains his family life. He has been an inspiration to me and many other students!

  3. Carol
    Carol / 1-18-2011 / ·

    I am a teacher and was inspired to become a teacher by my 7th grade English teacher, Ms. Rhodes. She had a kindness and compassion for her students that made you want to be a better student. She made school accessible for myself and for others and I still keep in touch with her to this day!

  4. Noel
    Noel / 1-18-2011 / ·

    Confidence, intelligence and kindness are the words which best describe our new history teacher at our high school, Mr. Glannon. Mr. Glannon came to our school this fall and has already gained everyone’s trust and exceeded everyone’s high expectations. His devotion is not limited to our class period; his door is always open, always wanting to make this school and its students the best they can be, giving it his all.

  5. Stefanie
    Stefanie / 1-18-2011 / ·

    I would give this gift to my best friend and best teacher I know, Shannon. She is such an incredible teacher because she takes a lot of pride in her students and inspires them to do their best always. Not only is she an amazing teacher, but after a long day she is a great mom to twin girls. I would love to win something for her because she inspires me everyday and is truly great in the classroom.

  6. Margaret Porter
    Margaret Porter / 1-18-2011 / ·

    Mrs. Ollie Walker was my second grade teacher. She was so good to me. I had the pleasure of knowing her up to her 90s. Im so fortunate that I got to know her and to be a student of hers.

  7. Ember
    Ember / 1-18-2011 / ·

    I had a few teachers growing up that would qualify, right now though it would have to be my son’s 2nd grade teacher! She goes WAY above and beyond for all her students and parents. A great person and teacher!

  8. Deborah Curran
    Deborah Curran / 1-18-2011 / ·

    My son has an excellent teacher this year for 4th grade but his 3rd grade teacher went way above and beyond. Eric got lost in 2nd grade. ANd I couldn’t get his teacher to understand how totally bored he was. It was the first year of inclusion (collaboration?) and the class was really dumbed down. I believe Eric was picked because he’s smart, a self started and willing to help others. ANd for that he got punished by the school. He learned that he can get proejcts done with little to no effort and still get an A. Thank goodness that his 3rd grade teacher listened to me and took the time to observe Eric and we all worked together to try and undo the damage

  9. Beth
    Beth / 1-18-2011 / ·

    My sister is a special needs teacher who does everything she can to help her students. She is a vital part of the school community and of her students lives. She takes such pride and joy in helping her students and they appreciate her unending efforts.

  10. Lucy
    Lucy / 1-18-2011 / ·

    Mrs. Sansone has been my son’s teacher for 3 years and I have come to recognize that she is a very kind, caring and passionate person. My son has a learning disability which can make her job a challenge. She always has a smile on her face and encourages us to do our very best. These qualities are the best to have in a teacher and I have the best teacher ever!

  11. Will
    Will / 1-18-2011 / ·

    My fave teacher was my 8th grade physical education teacher. He was in a wheelchair and showed us how lucky we were to be able to run and jump and how we need to appreciate the small things in life and take nothing for granted. I learned to appreciate each day from his class and I carry those lessons with me today, and pass them on to my children and students.

  12. Marcie
    Marcie / 1-18-2011 / ·

    My freshman English teacher was fantastic. He inspired a love of all things literature and opened my eyes to the fact that communication is a powerful tool. Because of his teaching efforts, I was inspired to become an English teacher and now share my love of words and the power they hold with a whole new generation.

  13. Anne H.
    Anne H. / 1-18-2011 / ·

    I’d love to nominate my mom. She is a retired preschool teacher, but she has yet to stop teaching. She continues to teach her 10 grandchildren how to, among other things, cook, sew, and serve every opportunity she gets. Everybody loves going to Grandma Linda’s house.

  14. Gaile
    Gaile / 1-19-2011 / ·

    When I think of exceptional teachers, I think of Alicia Gray, who worked full-time while earning her Bachelors and Master Degrees, and then — instead of pursuing a position at a school district with high test scores and an accomplished student body — actively pursued a job at a school with a high level of cultural and racial diversity and with students who face multiple challenges in their young lives, ranging from being a new English learner to facing extreme economic hardship to experiencing an extraordinary family crisis.

    I have volunteered in Alicia’s classroom, and have marveled at her ability to pull from seemingly-endless reserves of patience and wisdom, not to mention respect for the young people she teaches, to help the new emigrant student, to reach out to the handicapped child, to quietly petition for extra assistance for a family in need.

    Teaching is a job. Teaching is a profession. And, for some, teaching is a calling, the role in life that a certain special someone was born to fill. I feel we are extremely fortunate to have someone like Alicia teaching young children today, and I know she will have a remarkable impact on every student whose life she touches — this year, next year, and for years to come.

  15. Lisa
    Lisa / 1-22-2011 / ·

    My son’s favorite teacher this year is Ms. Eva, his PE teacher. She switches up the games they play (hockey for 2 weeks, football for 2 weeks, etc) so no one gets bored with a game they don’t like and ends up hating PE. The way she makes him like PE extends home, too, so he’s interested in playing soccer and baseball here on the base teams. Getting kids out and about and off the PC is quite a feat!

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    Which Day Would You Live Over Again? / 1-28-2011 / ·

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  17. Ellen
    Ellen / 1-31-2011 / ·

    My good friend Ashley is THE most deserving person of this awesome prize. She is the most caring teacher I have ever witnessed. We were roommates in college and she always did her class presentations for me. They were so much fun and she always had so much enthusiasm doing them. 8 years later, she still talks about teaching and her students with so much passion. I haven’t talked to her for several months, so this would be the perfect excuse to get back in touch and to say sorry for being a bad friend 🙂

  18. Katie
    Katie / 1-31-2011 / ·

    I would like to nominate my mother. She never expected to be a teacher, but when I was in 6th grade, I got very sick. I was allergic to something in my school that caused me to cough violently all day and night. My doctor recommended I attend a different school. After debating all of our options, my mom decided to homeschool me until I reached high school. I know it was challenging for her, but she stuck with it–and me. And it became a very rewarding experience for us both. In fact, it worked out so well that we continued homeschooling through high school. Any successes I’ve had, in college and beyond, I attribute to her giving her time and dedication as a fabulous mom AND teacher.

  19. Roxann Marling
    Roxann Marling / 1-31-2013 / ·

    Mrs. Taber without a doubt. She loves her job and always goes the extra mile. Spending overtime hours, attending every function, picking up her children from childcare and returning to work to meet with a parent or assist with an activity or just finish up work that she didn’t have time to complete because she was either spending one on one time with a child in need or meeting with a parent during her planning hour. All teachers deserve a high 5 but Mrs. Taber deserves a high 5 and a sweet treat !

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