My Favorite Teacher Contest

Barnes & Noble Vancouver has announced the start of the 2017 My Favorite Teacher Contest, which, for the past seven years, has provided middle and high school students the opportunity to tell Southwest Washington how much they appreciate their teachers.Students can nominate their teachers by writing essays, poems or thank-you letters that share how their teachers have influenced their lives and why they appreciate and admire them. Participating schools collect the 500-words-or-less essays and submit them to Barnes & Noble Vancouver for consideration. Entries are judged by community members on the compelling nature of the teacher’s inspiring qualities, the sincerity of the student’s appreciation, and the quality of expression and writing.

The local winning teacher will be recognized and awarded in spring 2017 at a late March or April event held at Barnes & Noble Vancouver, where all attending entrants and recognized educators will receive special acknowledgement for their words and achievements. Awards for winning teachers, schools, and students include cash prizes, Nook® devices, and more. The contest is broken down into local and regional winners, from which the Barnes & Noble National Teacher of the Year will be chosen. Each regional winner will receive a $500 Barnes & Noble Gift Card and a Nook®. From the pool of regional winners, Barnes & Noble will name one teacher the “Barnes & Noble National Teacher of the Year.” The winning teacher will receive $5,000 and the title of “Barnes & Noble National Teacher of the Year.” The national winner will be recognized at a special community celebration at his or her local Barnes & Noble store, and the winning teacher’s school will receive $5,000. The student who writes the national winning essay, poem or thank-you letter will win a $500 Barnes & Noble Gift Card and a Nook®.

Students who want to participate should submit their essays or poems to Barnes & Noble Vancouver by Wednesday, March 1. More details on the contest rules—and the winning essay from the 2016 contest—can be found at If you have more questions, you can also email Vancouver Community Business Development Manager Shawn Sorensen at

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