Barnes & Noble Celebrates Teachers with Ninth Annual “My Favorite Teacher Contest”

By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the world’s largest retail bookseller, today announced the launch of the 2019 “Barnes & Noble My Favorite Teacher Contest,” which provides high school students with the opportunity to share their appreciation for their teachers with their local communities. Now in its ninth year, the contest is launching on Valentine’s Day to give students the opportunity to show love and appreciation to their teachers.

“We love teachers at Barnes & Noble because we understand the importance of the work they do to empower future generations to be happy and successful,” said Tracy Vidakovich, Vice President, Business Development for Barnes & Noble. “Our annual My Favorite Teacher Contest provides students with an opportunity to honor the teachers who have made a big impact on their lives, and we can’t wait to read the submissions that we’ll receive from all across the country.”

High school students can nominate K-12 teachers starting today, Valentine’s Day, through March 14, 2019, by writing essays, poems or thank-you letters detailing how much their teachers have impacted their lives and why they appreciate them.* Entries will be collected online only at, and will be 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.  Only high school students 14 or older at the time of entry and active teachers employed by elementary, middle or high schools in the United States are eligible to win.

The “Barnes & Noble National Teacher of the Year” will receive $5,000, and their school will receive an additional $5,000. The award recipient will also be recognized at a special community celebration at their local Barnes & Noble store. The student who writes the national winning essay, poem or thank-you letter will win a $100 Barnes & Noble Gift Card.

Last year’s winner, Lem Andrews, a post-secondary advisor from Booker High School in Sarasota, FL, who was nominated by former student Ellen Bausback, had this to say about winning: “It’s truly an honor to be recognized by Barnes & Noble as Teacher of the Year. Out of the hundreds of students you work with, to have one that’s inspired enough to write something about you is a reward like no other.”

Barnes & Noble continuously displays its appreciation for educators everywhere through Educator Appreciation Days throughout the year that provide educators with special discounts, personalized service, in-store events, bookfairs, store tours for students and teachers and, since 2010, through the My Favorite Teacher Contest.

The Barnes & Noble My Favorite Teacher Contest submission period begins today and ends on March 14, 2019. High school students who want to participate must submit their entry to 11:59 PM on March 14.

Customers should visit complete details and official My Favorite Teacher Contest rules.

The Barnes & Noble My Favorite Teacher Contest is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations, including but not limited to laws related to eligibility to receive prizes. The winner must also comply with their employer’s rules, regulations and policies on accepting prizes.

*Entries must be in English and cannot exceed 500 words. See complete details and official rules.

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