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Honors and Recognitions

Posted: April 24, 2014

Cleveland MS Teacher Wins Barnes & Noble My Favorite Teacher Contest

English teacher Jennifer Ek has been named the local winner of the contest sponsored by the book store.

Cleveland gifted and language arts teacher Jennifer Ek has been named the local winner of the Barnes & Noble My Favorite Teacher Contest.

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.

Cleveland sixth grader Elizabeth Clark wrote the winning poem.

Ek was humbled by the recognition. "I'm extremely honored that one of my students would take the time to nominate me not only as her favorite teacher but as teacher of the year," she said. "Elizabeth wrote a poem that was extremely honest, but kind. She is an amazing, passionate student who knows what she wants out of life. She reminded me how teachers have such an influence over their student's lives. I'm very grateful to be honored and nominated by Elizabeth because I know the amazing teachers she has."

Cleveland Principal Susan LaBarge said Ek is a strong representative of the outstanding teachers at her school who are passionate and enthusiastic about what they do.

"It is such a pleasure to have Jennifer Ek on the staff at Cleveland. She is an outstanding teacher that has brought  expertise, enthusiasm as well as rigor to her teaching and her students’ learning. She is well deserved of the honor!" LaBarge said.

LaBarge also added, "Elizabeth is a delightful and thoughtful sixth grader."

Ek was recognized at an event at the Coronado Center Barnes & Noble where she received a special award for her achievement. The community was invited to attend the ceremony to show their appreciation as well. Elizabeth Clark, who submitted the winning poem, also received a certificate of recognition and was honored at the Coronado Center store during the ceremony.

Ek 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.

Learn more about the Barnes & Noble My Favorite Teacher contest.


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