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Posted April 4, 2013

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Eisenhower Teacher Wins My Favorite Teacher Contest

English teacher Lorraine Blakely has been named the local winner of the contest sponsored by Barnes & Noble.

Eisenhower language arts teacher Lorraine Blakely has been named the local winner of the Barnes & Noble My Favorite Teacher Contest. Blakely was chosen from 83 entries at the Barnes & Noble Coronado Center store, 6600 Menaul Blvd NE. She was nominated by Ruth Clark, a sixth grader at Eisenhower.

Students were invited to 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 their teacher. Entries 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.

Ruth said she chose to write about Ms. Blakely because she knows her subject well, can handle the bad kids and is nice to the good kids.

Blakely was humbled by the recognition. "I am so much more comfortable when it's my students on stage than when it's me," she said. "Ruth is helping me to grow. She is such an outstanding student, creative and insightful, and she did such a great job on this letter."

Blakely also noted that the competition provided a great opportunity for students to apply the writing skills they've been working on all year.

Eisenhower Principal Roz Deasy said Blakely is representative of the outstanding teachers at her school who are passionate and enthusiastic about what they do.

"Lorraine helps instill that passion in our students every day. We're very fortunate to have her serve our students and families here at Eisenhower," Deasy said.

Blakely will be recognized at an event at the Coronado Center Barnes & Noble where she will receive a special award acknowledging her achievement. The community is invited to attend the ceremony to show their appreciation as well. Ruth Clark, who wrote the winning essay, also will receive a certificate of recognition and will be honored at the Coronado Center store during the ceremony for the winning teacher.

Blakely will now be entered into the regional competition where six winners will be chosen. Each regional winner will receive a NOOK HD® and a $500 Barnes & Noble Gift Card. From the pool of five 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 “Teacher of the Year.” The winner will be recognized at a special community celebration at a local Barnes & Noble store. The winning teacher’s school will receive $5,000 as well.

The Barnes & Noble My Favorite Teacher Contest provides students with the opportunity to tell their communities how much they appreciate their teachers. Only students enrolled in middle or high schools in the United States are eligible to participate, acknowledging educators employed by private or public elementary, middle or high schools. Awards include cash prizes for the teachers and schools, NOOK Readers or Tablets and more.

More details on the contest rules can be found at www.bn.com/myfavoriteteacher.

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