Patch has been very happy to take this opportunity to recognize and reward excellent teachers in our local community with our recent "Teacher Appreciation Contest."
Thank you to everyone who nominated your favorite teachers, took time out to tell us why they are so extraordinary, and voted for them in the comments.
We're very excited to announce our local winners.
Flora Yang, a second grade teacher at Brentwood Academy in East Palo Alto is the winning teacher from Palo Alto Patch.
She received glowing recommendations, among them:
"Flora has been an inspiration to many students and teachers at this school. She is constantly working hard to revise lessons and come up with creative ideas to teach her lessons. She not only works with her class, but also takes on a leadership position to help other teachers on her grade level. Flora is so dedicated that she works with a student teacher to learn best practices. Flora has personally helped me become a better teacher by providing instant feedback on lessons and ideas." -- MM
"She is dedicated to not only her students but all the students at Brentwood Academy. As a brand new teacher, she is constantly guiding and helping me . She goes above and beyond!"
Yang has won two volunteer hours by a Patch editor, be it helping out in her classroom or anything else she needs to help make her life easier, as she has always done for their students.
And, our grand prize winner out of the 13 winning teachers from our 13 Peninsula Patch sites is Sean Kuiper, first-grade teacher at Roosevelt Elementary in Burlingame. Congratulations to Mr. Kuiper, who has won a $50 gift card to his favorite school supply store, in addition to winning two hours of volunteer time from a Patch editor.
Here are the teachers across the Peninsula who won our contest on their respective hometown Patch sites:
Menlo Park-Atherton Patch - Katie Williams, Willow Oaks Elementary (13)
Redwood City-Woodside Patch - Wendi Brown, special education grades 3-5, Fair Oaks Elementary
South San Francisco Patch - Mrs. Kristi Yee, kindergarten teacher, Skyline School
Pacifica Patch - Jennifer McEnany, 11th/12th grade journalism teacher, Oceana High School
Half Moon Bay Patch - Mrs. Linda Herbert, kindergarten/1st grade teacher, Farallone View Elementary
Burlingame-Hillsborough Patch - Sean Kuiper, 1st grade teacher, Roosevelt Elementary (20)
Millbrae Patch - Coryne Wong, 6th/7th grade science, Taylor Middle School (6)
San Carlos Patch - Marilynn Vandor, 4th grade teacher, Arundel Elementary
Foster City/San Mateo Patch - Mrs. Thompson, 1st grade teacher, Brewer Island Elementary
Belmont Patch - Kristin Pfeifer, choral director, Notre Dame High School