Barnes & Noble announces the start of the 2017 “Barnes & Noble My Favorite Teacher Contest”

  • Once Again, Middle & High School Students Can Nominate Their Teachers for National, Regional and Local Awards
  • National Winner and Their School to Split $10,000 in Cash Prizes and More
  • Hundreds of Stores Nationwide to Honor Local Winners

New York, New York, 2017-Jan-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the nation’s largest retail bookseller and a leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, today ( January 4, 2017 ) announced the start of the 2017 “Barnes & Noble My Favorite Teacher Contest,” which for the past seven years has provided middle and high school students the opportunity to tell their communities how much they appreciate their teachers.

Students can nominate their teacher by writing essays, poems or thank-you letters that share how their teacher has influenced their life and why they appreciate and admire them.  Participating schools collect the essays and submit them to their local Barnes & Noble store for consideration. Entries are judged 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 in spring 2017 at an event held at their local Barnes & Noble store, where they will receive a special award acknowledging their achievement as well as additional recognition and praise from their community. The student who wrote the winning essay or poem will receive a certificate of recognition and will also be honored at the ceremony.

Teachers from grades 1 through 12 are eligible for nomination. 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 by Samsung device.   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 their 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.

Last year’s winner, Carrie Martin, a second grade teacher from Evers Park Elementary School in Denton, TX, had this to say about winning: “I would like to thank Barnes & Noble. It’s awesome to have been selected as the 2016 Barnes & Noble National Teacher of the Year, but there is nothing different about me than any teacher.” Mrs. Martin was nominated by her former student, high school senior TiAnna Bridges-Reed, and was chosen from more than 10,000 entries at Barnes & Noble stores nationwide. Carrie added, “We all teach because we love children and because it’s what we are called to do. There are a lot of great teachers in our nation. This could have been any of them. I believe teaching is the greatest profession there is—and we all need to thank our teachers. Sometimes people don’t understand how much that means to us as teachers just to have a student say, ‘Hey, you know you’re the greatest,’ even 10 years later.”

Barnes & Noble has long supported teachers through Educator Appreciation Weeks, special discounts, personalized service, in-store events, bookfairs, store tours for classrooms, and, since 2011, through the My Favorite Teacher Contest.

“Teachers play such an important role in the lives of children and in our communities and deserve recognition,” said Tracy Vidakovich, Vice President, Business Development for Barnes & Noble. “The My Favorite Teacher Contest is loved by our booksellers because bookstores and schools are both places of learning and aspiration—and the contest has such an impact on students and teachers. There’s rarely a dry eye in the audience during a My Favorite Teacher event at Barnes & Noble.”

The Barnes & Noble My Favorite Teacher Contest submission period begins January 4, 2017, and ends March 1, 2017. Students who want to participate must submit their essay or poem to their local Barnes & Noble store by March 1. Only middle and high school students and active teachers employed in elementary, middle or high schools in the United States are eligible to win.  More details on the contest rules, and photos and the winning essay from the 2016 Contest, can be found at www.bn.com/myfavoriteteacher.

All Contacts:

Mary Ellen Keating
Senior Vice President
Corporate Communication
(212) 633-3323
mkeating@bn.com

Alan McNamara
Senior Director
Corporate Communications
(212) 633-3379
amcnamara@bn.com

Source: Barnes & Noble, Inc.

Educator Carrie Martin from Denton, TX is the winner and “Teacher of the Year” in Barnes & Noble My Favorite Teacher Contest

New York, NY,, 2016-May-04 — /EPR Retail News/ —

Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the nation’s largest retail bookseller and a leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, today named Carrie Martin from Evers Park Elementary School in Denton, TX, as the 2016 national winner and “Teacher of the Year” in the Barnes & Noble My Favorite Teacher Contest. Mrs. Martin, a second grade teacher, was nominated by her former student, high school senior Tianna Bridges-Reed, and was chosen from more than 10,000 entries at Barnes & Noble stores nationwide.

From January 2016 to March 2016, Barnes & Noble invited students to nominate their favorite teacher by writing essays, poems or thank you letters that share how their teacher has influenced their life and why they appreciate and admire their teacher. Entries were accepted at Barnes & Noble stores, and were judged on the compelling nature of the teacher’s qualities, the sincerity of the student’s appreciation and the quality of expression and writing.

“The Barnes & Noble My Favorite Teacher Contest recognizes and celebrates thousands of inspiring teachers each year,” said Sarah DiFrancesco, Vice President of Business Development for Barnes & Noble. “The contest culminates with our highest honor – The Barnes & Noble Teacher of the Year award – and this year we are thrilled to present this award to Mrs. Carrie Martin, whose care, dedication, and unwavering belief in her students is reflected in Tianna Bridges-Reed’s moving essay.”

Tianna wrote, “Mrs. Martin was the first teacher I can ever remember who put faith in me; I didn’t even have faith in myself. She let me know I could do anything if I believed. As a dyslexic child, I never had that special someone. Dyslexia is a reading and writing disorder that affects the way a child learns to read and write; it can affect other subjects as well. I struggled in all subjects – writing and math also.

“Carrie Martin was the teacher whom I will never forget. She helped me to make sure I passed the math T.A.K.S. so I could go on to middle school. She helped me be the person I am today (besides my Mom). She is the one who inspired me to decide I wanted to be a teacher…

“As a senior in high school, I’ve taken a class called Education and Training. This class helps high schoolers know if they want to become a teacher by giving them an internship in an elementary school, where I had a familiar mentor teacher – I interned for Mrs. Martin. She helped me better myself as a future teacher and as a student. I thank her so much for helping me, not only in passing my test, but in furthering my teaching skills and abilities… Thank you for everything, Mrs. Martin!”

Along with the title of “Teacher of the Year,” Mrs. Martin will receive $5,000 and will be recognized at a special community celebration at her school on May 6. Mrs. Martin’s school will also receive $5,000.

The Barnes & Noble My Favorite Teacher program provides middle and high school students with the opportunity to tell their communities how much they appreciate their teachers. Teachers from Grades 1-12 are eligible for nomination. Awards for local and regional winners included prizes for the teachers, including NOOKs® and more.

The My Favorite Teacher Contest runs from January to March. Details on the contest rules can be found at www.bn.com/myfavoriteteacher.


About Barnes & Noble, Inc.
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CONTACTS:
Alan McNamara
Director, Corporate Communications
Barnes & Noble, Inc.
(212) 633-3379
amcnamara@bn.com

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