Sponsored by Barnes and Noble, the My Favorite Teacher program provides students with the opportunity to tell their communities how much they appreciate their teachers. Teachers from grades 1 through Grade 12 are eligible for nomination. Awards include cash prizes for the teachers and schools, NOOK™ eBook Readers and more. The contest will be broken down into local and regional winners, from which the Barnes & Noble Teacher of the Year will be chosen.
Awards: • Students who write the winning essays or poems will receive a certificate of recognition and be honored at their local store during a ceremony for the winning teachers.
• Teachers will be recognized at a store level, regional prizes and also a National Teacher of the Year event.
Local store winners will receive a special award acknowledging their achievement, together with a selection of Barnes & Noble Leatherbound Classics series (for high school teachers) or a set of five (5) Classic Starts® series (for grades 1-5 and grades 6-8 teachers).
The six regional winners will each receive a NOOK™ eBook Reader and a $500 Barnes & Noble Gift Card. The winner of the "Barnes & Noble Teacher of the Year" award will receive $5,000 and will be recognized at a special event at a Barnes & Noble store. The winning teacher's school will receive $5,000 as well. The winner will also receive five copies of the winning essay published in hardcover by Tikatok.com, the site where students create and publish their own books, and a $250 Tikatok Gift Card that will allow the teacher to publish select stories written by students in their class.
How To Enter: Students write an essay, poem, or thank-you letter (500 words or less, in English on 8.5" x 11" white paper) sharing how a teacher has influenced their life and why they appreciate and admire them.