CONTEST: Patch to Reward One Great Teacher - Vote Now!

In honor of World Teacher Day, Patch is searching for one of the most beloved local teachers, to reward him or her with volunteer hours from Patch editors and money for school supplies.


Friday, Oct. 5 is World Teacher Day.

As many of us know, teachers are often underpaid and undervalued, yet they are incredibly important members of our community, who help shape our children's lives and create the leaders of tomorrow.

Redwood City-Woodside Patch is on the hunt to find one of our most influential and beloved local teachers, so we can reward him or her with prizes and say thanks for all he or she does.

Nominate your favorite teacher - or, parents, nominate your favorite out of all your children's teachers - and tell us why he or she is so special and deserves to win our Teacher Appreciation Contest, in the comments section of this article below.

Teachers from all public and private schools located in Redwood City or Woodside, who teach kindergarten through 12th grade, are eligible to win.

The local Redwood City or Woodside teacher who wins the most nominations or votes will be given two hours of volunteer time by Redwood City-Woodside Patch Editor Jennifer van der Kleut! Jennifer will come to the teacher's classroom and help with whatever the teacher needs that day, be it talking to the students about journalism or other community issues, or even just cleaning desks and sharpening pencils.

In addition, since all 13 Peninsula Patch sites are holding this contest, we will also select a grand prize-winning teacher. The teacher that receives, overall, the most nominations or votes out of all 13 winning teachers will also receive a $50 gift card to purchase school supplies with, in addition to the two volunteer hours.

Nominations and votes can be logged on this article through 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11. The winning teachers will be announced bright and early Friday morning, Oct. 12. 

So, please nominate your favorite teacher below, and feel free to upload a photo of him or her as well!

**Note: To nominate or vote for a teacher, please include the teacher's name AND the school and grade he or she teaches for!

Please SHARE this article with friends and family so they can nominate and vote for their teachers as well!



1. Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia who are 18 and older. 

2. To nominate or vote for a teacher, enter a comment in the comments section of this article. Please be sure to include the teacher's name AND the school and grade he/she teaches for.

3. All entries must be received by 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11. The winner will be announced in Patch's morning newsletter on Friday, Oct. 12.

4. You may enter a teacher once. You may choose to nominate more than one teacher, but you may only enter each teacher once.

5. One winning teacher from a Redwood City or Woodside school will be declared the local winner, based on who receives the most nominations or votes in the comments. In addition, the winning teacher from all 13 Peninsula Patch sites who receives the most votes overall will also win a grand prize.

6. Prizes: The winning local teacher will receive two hours of volunteer time from the Patch editor of his/her hometown Patch site. The teacher and editor will agree upon a day that works for both parties, and the editor will come to the teacher's classroom to help out with whatever the teacher needs that day, for a period of two hours. In addition, the grand prize-winning teacher out of all 13 Peninsula Patch sites will also receive a $50 gift card toward the purchase of school supplies. The teacher can choose his or her favorite school supply store that Patch will purchase the gift card from.

7. To see a complete list of Patch's official contest rules, see the Word document in the photo section of this article, which is downloadable.


Have a favorite teacher from another Peninsula city you wish to nominate? Visit all 13 of our Patch sites on the Peninsula to vote in their Teacher Appreciation contests too:

Redwood City-Woodside Patch

Menlo Park-Atherton Patch

Palo Alto Patch

South San Francisco Patch

San Bruno Patch

Half Moon Bay Patch

Pacifica Patch

Burlingame-Hillsborough Patch

Millbrae Patch

San Carlos Patch

Belmont Patch

Foster City Patch

San Mateo Patch


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Sharon Levin October 09, 2012 at 02:51 AM
I'm not voting or nominating because my girls were lucky enough (and are, I still have one at Sequoia) to have had some amazing teachers throughout the years. It's nice to see that there are so many inspiring teachers out there.
Darcy Anderson October 09, 2012 at 10:43 AM
Picking just ONE teacher, iI!POSSIBLE! but I like the fact that Patch is highlighting LOCAL TEACHERS in general. Both my grown boys had MANY teachers along the way in REDWOOD CITY who made a difference throughout their 14 years of learning. From the entire teaching staff at the Whole Child Preschool, with Karen Peterson, school director and teacher at the helm, to the MANY Roosevelt teachers from Kindergarten to sixth grade, to almost ALL their Kennedy Junior High teachers, and finally to the fine teaching staff at Sequoia High School. No way could our family pick just one teacher out of all the extraordinary teachers Kevin and Jeffrey had. I truly wish our family could sit down and list ALL the names of each an every hardworking, dedicated, enthusiastic teacher we experienced along the way. Thank you Patch for bringing a spotlight to educators in the Woodside Redwood City area. It is an honor to acknowledge our LOCAL FANTASTIC educators.
John Foley October 09, 2012 at 05:23 PM
I shared this contest info with a past teacher from Kennedy who remembered Kevin and the Levin girls as wonderful bright students from supportive families. She said that is often the key to success in spite of substandard schools and spineless leadership. Nice some recognitions will occur. Oh, people....did you know retirees in RCSD don't even get a letter of thanks for their years of service? Neighboring districts do.....RCSD---no way.
lcdr c. wawrzynski October 10, 2012 at 10:38 PM
Stephanie Finander of Woodside H.S, a most dedicated and effective mATH AND pHYSICS TEACHER...lcdr wAWRZYNSKI
Jane W October 11, 2012 at 03:48 PM
Wendi Brown is a special Ed teacher who now works doing 3rd, 4th, 5th grade at Fair Oaks in Redwood City. Ms. Wendi worked with my daughter while teaching at Kennedy. She is very hardworking and dedicated to education. She educates the whole child. My daughter was fortunate to have Ms. Wendi come in to her life and so was i! She believed in my daughter when everyone else seemed to have given up on her. She helped my daughter regain self confidence - a very precious gift! Ms. Wendi's belief in all children is very admirable! Ms. Wendi works silently behind the scenes to support students and rarely receives any recognition for all she does yet the fact that she loves her job is very apparent. She is a valuable asset to public education. Both Fair Oaks and RCSD are lucky to have her. Thank you Ms. Wendi for being who you are and for doing all you do.


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