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CONTEST: Patch to Reward One Excellent Teacher

In honor of Teacher Appreciation Day, Patch is searching for one of the most beloved local teachers, to reward him or her with volunteer hours from Patch editors and money for school supplies.

As many of us know, teachers are often underpaid and undervalued, yet they are incredibly important members of our community, who help shape our children's lives and create the leaders of tomorrow.

Menlo Park-Atherton Patch is on the hunt to find one of our most influential and beloved local teachers, so we can reward him or her with prizes and say thanks for all he or she does.

Nominate your favorite teacher - or, parents, nominate your favorite out of all your children's teachers - and tell us why he or she is so special and deserves to win our Teacher Appreciation Contest, in the comments section of this article below.

The local Menlo Park or Atherton teacher who wins the most nominations or votes will be given two hours of volunteer time by Menlo Park-Atherton Patch Editor Vanessa Castañeda! Vanessa will come to the teacher's classroom and help with whatever the teacher needs that day, be it talking to the students about journalism or other community issues, or even just cleaning desks and sharpening pencils.

In addition, since all 13 Peninsula Patch sites are holding this contest, we will also select a grand prize-winning teacher. The teacher that receives, overall, the most nominations or votes out of all 13 winning teachers will also receive a $50 gift card to purchase school supplies with, in addition to the two volunteer hours.

Nominations and votes can be logged on this article through 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11. The winning teachers will be announced bright and early Friday morning, Oct. 12. 

So, please nominate your favorite teacher below, and feel free to upload a photo of him or her as well!

**Note: To nominate or vote for a public or private school K-12 teacher, please include the teacher's name AND the school and grade he or she teaches for!

Please SHARE this article with friends and family so they can nominate and vote for their teachers as well!

 

 

OFFICIAL RULES:

1. Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia who are 18 and older. 

2. To nominate or vote for a teacher, enter a comment in the comments section of this article. Please be sure to include the teacher's name AND the school and grade he/she teaches for.

3. All entries must be received by 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11. The winner will be announced in Patch's morning newsletter on Friday, Oct. 12.

4. You may enter a teacher once. You may choose to nominate more than one teacher, but you may only enter each teacher once.

5. One winning teacher from a school in Menlo Park or Atherton will be declared the local winner, based on who receives the most nominations or votes in the comments. In addition, the winning teacher from all 13 Peninsula Patch sites who receives the most votes overall will also win a grand prize.

6. Prizes: The winning local teacher will receive two hours of volunteer time from the Patch editor of his/her hometown Patch site. The teacher and editor will agree upon a day that works for both parties, and the editor will come to the teacher's classroom to help out with whatever the teacher needs that day, for a period of two hours. In addition, the grand prize-winning teacher out of all 13 Peninsula Patch sites will also receive a $50 gift card toward the purchase of school supplies. The teacher can choose his or her favorite school supply store that Patch will purchase the gift card from.

7. To see a complete list of Patch's official contest rules, see the Word document in the photo section of this article, which is downloadable.

 

Have a favorite teacher from another Peninsula city you wish to nominate? Visit all 13 of our Patch sites on the Peninsula to vote in their Teacher Appreciation contests too:

Redwood City-Woodside Patch

Menlo Park-Atherton Patch

Palo Alto Patch

South San Francisco Patch

San Bruno Patch

Half Moon Bay Patch

Pacifica Patch

Burlingame-Hillsborough Patch

Millbrae Patch

San Carlos Patch

Belmont Patch

Foster City Patch

San Mateo Patch

 

 

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Vanessa Castañeda (Editor) October 11, 2012 at 06:58 PM
Thanks for the nomination, Kristen. Katie Williams is in the lead.
Sue Allen October 11, 2012 at 09:23 PM
I would like to add my vote for Katie Williams. She's doing great things for Ravenswood District students -- as are many other wonderful teachers!
Vanessa Castañeda (Editor) October 11, 2012 at 09:30 PM
That's five for Katie Williams, two for Kristine McCullough, and two for Flora Yang. @Sue Thanks for your vote! @Everyone T-2.5 hours until we decide who the winner is.
Monica Young October 11, 2012 at 10:08 PM
I vote Kristine McColloch. My son had her in third grade and she literally changed the course of his academics. She is phenomenal and deserves to win! The school district should take note that she puts her best effort everyday and has been the most effective teacher ever to have taught at Oak Knoll Elementary.
Patrick Gordan October 11, 2012 at 10:21 PM
I would like to add my vote for Kris McColloch, who teaches third grade at Oak Knoll School. Our three children were fortunate enough to have Kris. She is challenging, engaging and has a sense of humor that all our kids enjoyed. Studies have shown that a great teacher can help students advance 1.5 grade levels; Kris is so outstanding we found our children learned the equivalent of 2 years!
Linda Knoll October 11, 2012 at 10:34 PM
I would like to place a vote for Kristine McColloch as well. I have never met a teacher so committed, energized and dedicated to her students. My son had her for third grade and learned so much from Kris. She's one of those teachers that you just never forget!
Patricia Nakache October 11, 2012 at 10:42 PM
I enthusiastically vote for Kris McColloch who teaches third grade at Oak Knoll. Her dedication to her students is amazing. She challenges them yet keeps it fun. She is a true professional.
Vanessa Castañeda (Editor) October 11, 2012 at 11:03 PM
@Patricia, Patrick, and Monica. Way to rock the vote! Thank you for showing your support for Kristine McColloch. @Everyone. We now have a tie between Kris McColloch and Katie Williams. Flora Yang is in second place. 57 minutes left to vote!
Linda Knoll October 11, 2012 at 11:29 PM
I enthusiastically vote for Kristine McColloch at Oak Knoll School. Hands down the best teacher. She raises the bar high and every student in the class meets it. She motivates them, challenges them and teaches them so much. She is one of those teachers that you just never forget.
Diane Speake Main October 11, 2012 at 11:32 PM
I would also like to recommend Katie Williams at Willow Oaks in Ravenswood. Such a deserving teacher!
Vanessa Castañeda (Editor) October 11, 2012 at 11:32 PM
Ladies and gentlemen, we've got a tie breaker! Thanks for telling us why Kristine McColloch deserves to win, Linda. This puts her in first place. @Everyone 28 minutes to go!
Tracy Canlas October 11, 2012 at 11:33 PM
I'd like to put in my vote for Katie Williams! She's an amazing and creative teacher!
Alice Keeler October 11, 2012 at 11:35 PM
I'd like to nominate Katie Williams at Willow as well!
Vanessa Castañeda (Editor) October 11, 2012 at 11:36 PM
And we're back at tied-for-top-teacher status! Thanks for voting, Tracy. @everyone 24 minutes left in the contest.
Emily Rinaker October 11, 2012 at 11:39 PM
I'd like to add my vote for Katie Williams as well! Katie is a dedicated teacher committed to providing her students with great opportunities in all subjects. I especially appreciate Katie's use of guitars to help inspire her students with music!
Karl Lindgren-Streicher October 11, 2012 at 11:39 PM
I'd like to add my recommendation of Katie Williams at Willow Oaks in the Ravenswood City School District. Her dedication to her students is top notch!
Vanessa Castañeda (Editor) October 11, 2012 at 11:45 PM
I am loving these last minute votes. Emily and Alice thanks for showing your support for Katie Williams. @everyone Katie Williams is now in the lead with 9 votes, and 15 minutes left on the clock. Kris McColloch is in second place with 7 votes. Flora Yang is in third with 2 votes.
Vanessa Castañeda (Editor) October 11, 2012 at 11:48 PM
@Karl, I just refreshed my browser window and saw your vote. Thanks for recommending Katie Williams! She is solidly in the lead now with 10 votes. 13 minutes to go!
Deb Nemecek October 11, 2012 at 11:49 PM
I'd like to add my support to Katie's nomination. I know that Katie works hard to provide her students with a variety of opportunities to learn and to create an environment that is safe and engaging. A pair of helping hands would go a long way to support her efforts to enrich her students experiences.
allison c October 11, 2012 at 11:51 PM
I wholeheartedly vote for Kris McColloch! She is an amazing teacher!
Kristen Quinlan October 11, 2012 at 11:51 PM
I vote for Kristine McColloch!!!! She is an amazing teacher and always inspires kids to do their best! Kristen Quinlan
Vanessa Castañeda (Editor) October 11, 2012 at 11:55 PM
@Deb, Diane, Allison, and Kristen Thanks for showing your favorite teacher some love. @Everyone 5 minutes to go!
Denise Henry October 11, 2012 at 11:56 PM
I would like to vote for 3rd grade teacher, Kris McColloch at Oak Knoll school in Menlo Park. She is an incredibly dedicated, disciplined & committed teacher. She challenges her students and teaches them about responsiblity, opportunities and of course academics. She is truly a gifted, experienced teacher!
Mary Speiser October 11, 2012 at 11:58 PM
I would like to vote for Kristine McColloch. The high expectations she has for her students inspire them to reach, strive, and achieve at levels beyond what they would have expected of themselves. The growth they show by the end of their year with her is remarkable.
Vanessa Castañeda (Editor) October 11, 2012 at 11:58 PM
@Denise, thank you for showing us you support Kris McColloch.
Jill Fortes October 11, 2012 at 11:58 PM
I vote for Katie Williams at Willow Oaks school. She is an awesome colleague to work with. She always has great ideas and always puts her students first. She is fun and energetic. Vote for Katie!
Vanessa Castañeda (Editor) October 11, 2012 at 11:59 PM
@Mary Thanks for voting for Kristine McColloch. @everyone 1 minute left to vote!
Erika Drazan October 12, 2012 at 12:01 AM
Kris McColloch!!! She is amazing.
Vanessa Castañeda (Editor) October 12, 2012 at 12:07 AM
Ladies and gentlemen, thank you all for showing your support for your favorite teacher. I've read a lot of heartwarming comments these past few days. I'm going to have to close out the comments now, so I can tally up the votes. Stay tuned. We're going to announce the winners at 5:55 a.m. tomorrow morning.
Judy H October 12, 2012 at 12:26 AM
I would also like to place a vote for Katie Williams. Harvest + math = awesome!

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