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

In honor of World Teacher Appreciation 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 Appreciation Day.

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

South San Francisco 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 South San Francisco, who teach kindergarten through 12th grade, are eligible to win.

The South City teacher who wins the most nominations or votes will be given up to two hours of volunteer time by South City Patch Editor Tay Wiles! Tay 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 South San Francisco 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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Angelique October 05, 2012 at 04:45 PM
Mrs. Manno, Grade 3, Ponderosa Elementary School, SSF uses creative & fun ways to teach her kids. I have been a part of two Science projects where we did hands on learning for the moon and the sun. She is also very open to parent involvement, we have library time, PE, and Art, all of which parent volunteers do, some teachers forget the importance of these fundamental activities, but Mrs. Manno actively keeps her students & parents involved.
Bianca October 11, 2012 at 04:39 AM
Ms.Burgor,Grade 7, Alta Loma Middle School, SSF. She is very enthusiastic and has a meditation method to calm her students down and to help them focus. Most of her assignments make you learn an think about the skills that you have learned. She Is a very good teacher
Rachel October 11, 2012 at 04:11 PM
Mrs. Kristi Yee, Kindergarten, Skyline School. Mrs. Yee goes above and beyond to ensure all her students develop the necessary skills and knowledge needed to succeed in kindergarten and beyond. She makes time before and after school to meet with parents to discuss the progress of their child. Mrs. Yee also makes herself available to parents and students who have already moved on to upper grades. I have three sons...one in 6th grade, one in 2nd and the other in preschool, Although the older two are no longer in her class, she has been there for me and my sons throughout the years to help advise us and provide resources on social and academic issues. She also has welcomed my younger son into her classroom for occasional visits to help prepare him for when he does start Kindergarten. Mrs. Yee genuinely cares and is very dedicated not just to her students but to their famiies, as well.
Matthew Kwong October 12, 2012 at 02:53 AM
Mrs.Low, Grade 7, Westborough Middle School, SSF is a great, unique, funny, and helpful teacher. She is different from all other teachers. First she will help a student with anything they didn't understand during class. Second she will use her life experiences as examples. Also she stands out from all the other teachers because of how careful and perfect she tries to be while taking notes and doing labs. Next she is a great Mandarin teacher because she helps you get it stuck in your head for tests. Also during Mandarin she will show you pictures of her China trip and feed you Chinese traditional moon cakes during the time of the moon cake festival. Her class was fun even during the hardest chapters and she taught extremely well. Finally Ms.Low was the best teacher I've had while being at Westbotough. Thanks for being a great teacher and I hope you win! You deserve it.
Taylor Wiles October 15, 2012 at 06:04 PM
Thanks for your comments, everyone!


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