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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Laurel Dearborn October 05, 2012 at 01:55 PM
My journalism teacher Kim Vinh has opened up so many amazing opportunities for me during my time at Sequoia. My freshman year, I had no idea what journalism even was. Then, as time went on, I began to find myself and to discover the power of words. She helped introduce me to Stacie Chan and get me connected with Patch which has been one of the best experiences of my life. She has opened up other doors for me and helped me get my writing published in other ways as well. She isn't just amazing when she is teaching though. She guides us through life. She offers smiles, advise, and when I'm sick, some nice tea. High school wouldn't be the same without Ms. Vinh. She has truly changed my life forever and inspired me to be an English (and maybe even Journalism) teacher too. I hope that I can help the next generation like she has helped me.
Roslyn Raney October 05, 2012 at 04:02 PM
Sue Rhodehouse, English teacher at Woodside High School, is the epitome of the dedicated, hard working and inspiring teacher. She gets my vote!
andrea torres October 05, 2012 at 04:37 PM
Lisa Camera (Pomi) Woodside High School English!! She's incredibly dedicated with years if experience. The students love her and can really relate to her. She even coordinates a summer trip to Europe for the students!! Amazing!
Nicole Bergeron October 05, 2012 at 05:41 PM
I nominate English teacher Kim Vinh from Sequoia High School. She has launched a thriving journalism program with state of the art hardware, software and a print edition of the Raven Report. She originated the first Journalism class which has grown now to J-1, J-2 and J-3 levels. She writes grants, takes field trips and sets high expectations. She gamely took kids to Seattle for a journalism conference, a direct result of which is that the Raven Report will launch an online edition this fall-- the future of journalism as Patch is well aware.
Lisa Camera October 05, 2012 at 09:03 PM
Alan Eaton, Latin teacher at Woodside High School, is a truly amazing educator. All three of my children took Latin because of their love and appreciation of Alan. He made the class exciting and interesting. The Roman Colosseum my daughter made out of marshmallows was a highlight! More importantly, my son (who was a more reluctant student) found Latin truly inspiring. When we traveled to Pompeii a few years ago, he couldn't wait to return to tell Mr. Eaton all about it. Mr. Eaton significantly influenced my children, and I am deeply appreciative. His students are lucky to know him.
Jennifer van der Kleut (Editor) October 05, 2012 at 09:24 PM
A nomination e-mailed in by reader Linda ryan: "Patrick Carney, Lincoln School, 5th grade. Goes above and beyond the call of duty and the kids love him!"
Theodore Tsanakas October 05, 2012 at 10:38 PM
Hello all those who may be interested, I am here to bring notice and attention to a great teacher I had while attending Woodside High School. Her name is Stephanie Finander. If there was ever anyone half as passionate about what they taught as she is, Woodside would most definitely be the best school in the country. I had her for the first time as a junior for AP physics, as well as again during my senior year in BC calculus and she has complete mastery over both subjects. The style in which she teaches is unlike that of any other teacher I have had before. Her examples are succinct and relevant to the subject at hand. Overall, she is the greatest teacher that I have ever encountered in my lifetime. Furthermore, one day to illustrate something in physics, she came to class on roller skates in order to accomplish a few things. 1. Wake everyone in the class up and get their attention and 2. to help her demonstrate some of Newtons laws. It is with great pleasure that I am able to talk here and tell you all about Ms. Finander, the great high school teacher, and I hope that she is able to get this. Thank you for your time, Best, Theodore Tsanakas
VG October 06, 2012 at 02:11 AM
Wendi Brown @ FairOaks Elementary School (SDC grades 3-5) My son had her for only a year, but within that year she helped him build confidence and give himself a voice. She has high expectations for her students, believes in them, and treats them all with respect. She goes above and beyond to advocate for her students. By far, the best teacher my son has had!
NEB October 06, 2012 at 02:34 AM
I vote for Wendi Brown - 3rd -5th grade special day class teacher at Fair Oaks!! She is amazing!!
JG October 06, 2012 at 02:58 AM
I vote for Wendi Brown 3-5 grade special education at Fair Oaks in RWC. She homeschooled my daughter and made and made a world of difference in our lives! She helped my daughter get over her fear of school and actually like school again! She helped us so much!
Kirsten Jarvi October 06, 2012 at 03:18 AM
Lisa Camera at Woodside High School
Lara Brown October 06, 2012 at 04:39 AM
I vote for Wendi Brown - 3rd to 5th grade special education at Fair Oaks in RWC.
CGB October 06, 2012 at 04:17 PM
Wendi Brown at Fair Oaks 3rd to 5th grade SDC. She is the best!! CGB
JR October 06, 2012 at 05:01 PM
I vote for Wendi Brown 3rd, 4th, 5th grade special Ed at Fair Oaks
JFK Back in the Day October 06, 2012 at 05:53 PM
Wendi Brown (3-5 sped at Fair Oaks). I worked with Wendi a few years ago at Kennedy Middle School. She is an inspiration as she goes above and beyond to support the students and families in her own classroom as well she supports students in other classes and her colleagues.
S A Reid October 06, 2012 at 07:11 PM
Wendi Brown,Fair Oaks 3-5 Special Ed,RWC, is a dedicated, inspiring teacher whose students make progress against their great challenges to learning because of Ms. Brown's high expectations and innovative methods.
Alyssa Coffman October 08, 2012 at 01:31 AM
I want to nominate Mary Washburn who teaches second grade at Roosevelt elementary school in Redwood City. She knows how to teach the children well and disciplines effectively without being mean. I wish she could teach K thru High School!
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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