The annual Norwegian’s Giving Joy® program is designed to highlight the connection between travel and education and to recognize teachers for their unwavering dedication to inspiring students every day. This year, Norwegian Cruise Line relaunched its contest in May during Teacher Appreciation Week, providing teachers with an opportunity to sail on the all-new Norwegian Prima.
The below top 100 educators across the U.S. and Canada received the most votes and won a five-day sailing aboard Norwegian Prima during her inaugural sailing from Galveston, Texas and the Company hosted a showstopping award celebration on board. The top three Grand Prize winners received a $25,000, $15,000 and $10,000 donation respectively for their school, in addition, they were awarded with nearly $40,000 in surprise prize money.
To date the program has awarded 230 teachers across the U.S. and Canada with free cruises and donated over $350,000 to schools and educators since 2019.
GRAND PRIZE WINNERS
$25,000 FOR BAYONNE HIGH SCHOOL | BAYONNE, NJ
Mrs. Hosmer has been a dedicated teacher and curriculum writer at Bayonne High School for over 35 years. A widowed breast cancer survivor she teaches tirelessly not only her at traditional day school position but also at an Alternative High School in the evening. She realizes that all students need a sense of importance, a positive self-image, and an awareness that their education is valuable. Therefore, she additionally helps tutor students in all subjects who are unable to attend school due to illness and are home bound. She treats each student as if they were her own. As the President of New Jersey Collaboration and Partnership Schools she joins colleges and universities together with local schools to provide professional development for educators, students of education and Professors in those universities. She is kind, devoted and a marvelous science educator. She shows her students love and makes sure each knows how important they are to her in addition to teaching Biology, and Forensic Science. She helps each student reach their full potential. She remains in touch with many students as they grow into adulthood. Attending her former students’ weddings and baby showers is among her favorite things to do! She relishes watching them grow into their lives and become successful. Her students love her just as much as she loves them! Her biggest joy is being the mother of a wonderful 27-year-old Special Education teacher Rebeca. Her and her daughter enjoy traveling, especially on NCL cruise ships!
$15,000 FOR FALCON COVE MIDDLE SCHOOL | WESTON, FL
I, Theresa Schrager, believe that all children can be inspired and motivated to learn. Many children have hurdles to overcome, but hard work and creativity is what makes a student strive in my Film and Creative Writing classes. Sometimes, I am the only class that keeps students coming to school, and I have to motivate them to do their best in other classes. Other times, I have students that are intelligent across the board and are high achievers, but they need to develop their creative side through Film and Creative Writing classes. Every year teachers face new challenges and need to develop a curriculum with the changing times and technology. My classes give me the flexibility to help students adapt creatively to the changing times. Teaching has given me the oppotunity to assist our young people to evolve and become a contributing member of our society. As we all know, "The children are our future."
$10,000 FOR NEW ROCHELLE HIGH SCHOOL | NEW ROCHELLE, NY
I believe that every student has the power to be great. As teachers, we have superpowers; when we put a grade on an assignment, we have the ability to make a student see or him or herself in a particular way. We label them a success, mark them as average, or, worst case, we set them up for failure. I like to create a classroom where all kids find something they excel in. When students struggle, I let them know it is okay to fail forward, make mistakes, correct those mistakes and grow. I was not always this way. Once upon a time I was a traditional English teacher, and I would number my desks, teach generic writing formulas, and demand a quiet classroom. Years later, with opportunities to teach in new ways I was challenged to “get off my spot,” as I like to say. I now realize it is not my job as a teacher to ask my students to move to me, instead I now realize I must find my student where they are if they are to be successful, or at least meet them half way. I am honored to teach in the largest Urban/Suburban high school outside of New York City, and it has been the privilege of a lifetime to bring all of these students together to see who they are, but also to help students see how far they can go if they reach.
TOP 100 Winners
Aleksandra Sofia Chaparro Bezzubikoff
Indian Trace Elementary
I have worked with Aleksandra for the past 4 years. She truly is an inspiration. She is amazing and is so caring towards her students. She has chosen to...
Middletown Middle School
Ms. Burrall is a great teacher!! She always makes learning Spanish so much fun! She incorporates what we need to cover in class in interesting ways such as...
Strong Elementary School
Allison is an amazing teacher! She keeps her students learning and having a great experience daily in her classroom. She goes above and beyond keeping the...
Greenbrier School District
THE PROPELLER One of the most astonishing features of a cruise ship are the relatively small propellers that are underneath the waterline. These small rotating...
Chestnut Hill Middle School
My sister is an amazingly hard working teacher who truly puts her students first. She has been a mentor to many of her students outside of the classroom. She...
Jonesboro Public Schools
Mrs Cooley goes above and beyond for her students. She tries to make learning as engaging as possible, from rewards to classroom transformations. Her passion...
New Rochelle High School / New Rochelle Public Schools
New Rochelle, NY
Mr. Stirpe is a teacher in our PAVE program at New Rochelle High School. He is an innovative, tech savvy, hands on mentor for students of all skill levels. His...
San Gabriel, CA
Ms. Ashley Tarin is a phenomenal teacher who consistently goes out of her way to effectively instruct and inspire her students to learn and do their best. Ms....
Sheridan Technical High School
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Mrs. McAfee's love for students is undeniable! She refers to EVERY student as "My Child'ť and "My Fave'ť because she wants them to know how special they are....
John Lewis Middle School
Our botany teacher, Mr.Greene is one of the best teachers I've ever had! He is very energetic, interactive, and very funny. He makes up creative ways for us to...
Francisco Morales High School
Bryan Rivera Medina is a young special education teacher under the Puerto Rico Department of Education. This educator bets daily on the conquest of new...
Highland Magnet School at Kenwood
Cam has unwavering student devotion with enthusiastic passion to bring joy to his classroom. Over his 10 years of classroom experience he has mastered the...
In a school setting I have found as a teacher I am multiple things to a student at the same time; you can be their teacher, but then they see you in the...
Dennis Ortwein Elementary School
Las Vegas, NV
Christopher is the best kindergarten teacher I've ever seen. Though I may be biased Bc I'm his wife, I see the strategies his students use that many secondary...
Correy Hope Kustin
St Bernard’s Catholic School
After working for 35 years as a teacher, I have been a friend, teacher and role model to so many students over the years. I have attended their weddings and...
Grand Blanc East Middle School
Grand Blanc, MI
Dan is the most caring, engaging, and exception teacher I haver met. His students and parents love him. As his wife I get to see the time and passion he has...
Heritage Academy Gateway
Queen Creek, AZ
Darren Passey has been educating the young minds of our future leaders for 3 decades. He is truly outstanding in his discipline of mathematics. Darren instills...
The Children's Workshop School
Davon embraces what it means to be an educator through every fiber of his being. He constantly talks about how "he loves teaching" and that he "couldn't...
Oak Park, MI
There are many reasons I want to nominate Dawn Sommers! 1. Dawn is an Oak Park teacher. Right there, the fact that she is dedicated and committed to our kids...
Edison High School
As Class of 2023 president I can say that Ms. Loria is truly one of the best teachers you can find in this community. She always puts her students first,...
Caldwell Heights Elementary RRISD
Round Rock, TX
Coach Burns is crazy! That's the most common expression you will hear kids say when describing Dennis Burns. This is not an insult, but a compliment. He is...
Fuller Magnet Elementary School
My wife puts her heart into teaching her students every day. She is the most dedicated and hard working teacher I...
Middletown High School
I am nominating my friend and coworker Dominique Scarzafava, a graduate of Middletown High School in 2012, who returned in 2019 as a Biology Special Education...
Gilbert A. Dater High School
Elaine Niehauser is pure joy both in and out of the classroom. An Intervention Specialist, Elaine leads a classroom of high school students with moderate to...
Mrs. Cartagena started her career in education 22 years ago, teaching 5th grade. When her daughter was 3, a speech pathologist told her that her daughter would...
Alpha Elementary School
Elizabeth is the hardest working teacher. She has taught in the roughest and most at-risk school in her county for 15 years. She gives her all to her students...
Messiah University (AND Harrisburg Area Community College)
Beth exemplifies what a teacher should be... caring, concerned, making learning fun, but above all cares about each and everyone of her students... students...
Holcomb Bridge Middle School
Erick Stallings is a middle school band director at a Title 1 school, a position that does not often receive a lot of attention or praise. Nonetheless, Erick...
Enlarged City School District of Middletown (Middletown High School)
Mr. Bennett has been the Director of Choirs at Middletown High School in Middletown, New York for the past 27 year's. He has cultivated and built up an...
Heather Hutto Giles
Pearl High School
My wife is an amazing, inspiring teacher who gives up her free time after school in tutoring to make sure her students learn biology. Even when she's faced...
Heather M Ferguson
Fishers High School
Mrs. Ferguson, lovingly known as "Ferg" is by far the most loved teacher in all of Fishers High School. Ferg teaches AP Environmental Science, Genetics, and...
Montgomery High School
Amazing teacher, mother, and overall person!!! She is a 20+ year veteran teacher who is incredibly successful and recognized as one of the top high school...
Karns Middle school (Knox Co Schools)
Mrs. Story is a 7th grade teacher for Knox County Schools. Mrs. Story Is a compassionate dedicated educator who is committed to her students, community and...
Norton Middle School
Mrs. McDonnell has devoted her career to helping students believe in themselves and achieve their dreams. She taught for 12 years and is now a middle school...
WIlloughby Eastlake School of Innovation
Willoughby Hills, OH
This is my mom and my former sixth grade teacher. She is an inspiration to all of her students, but most importantly me. My mom is always there helping out all...
Jason Zembuch Young
South Plantation High School
When Jason began teaching theatre at South Plantation High School 18 years ago, he soon realized by observing how deaf students communicate that the needs of...
Station Middle School
Jeff Price is a teacher who never stops giving. He teaches a complicated middle school math class that engages students and prepares them for success in higher...
Jennifer Allyn Broad
Frankford Public School
I can't think of anyone more deserving than Jennifer Broad to nominate! Jennifer is a Kindergarten teacher at Frankford public school in Frankford Ontario...
Dearborn Center for Math, Science & Technology
Dearborn Hts, MI
Jennifer is an amazing teacher, mother, wife and friend. She is constantly giving back to her school by working closely with her students and fellow teachers...
Jennifer Lyn Hammer
Waters Edge Elementary School at The School District of Palm Beach County
Boca Raton, FL
There is no year more influential in a student's life than Kindergarten, and Jennifer Hammer has provided an unparalleled foundation for academic...
Glades Middle School
As an educator for 17 years, Jennifer never seizes to amaze me. She has a passion to her students like I have never seen. She is naturally motivated to make a...
Tradewinds Elementary School
Coconut Creek, FL
Ms. Putney has been inspiring students and colleagues throughout her teaching career. She is a 2 time State Winner of the Disney Environmentality Challenge....
Dan Pinkston is in his fifteenth year as the director of bands at Monarch PK-8 School where he conducts the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade bands and has the privilege...
Jose Alexis Rivera
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Teaching during the pandemic has been a challenge but Professor Rivera has engaged his students and motivated his students far beyond our expectations. His...
Highlands Elementary School
Kayley is an amazing 1st grade teacher. She is about to finish up her 4th year teaching with all 4 years being at the same school. This past year I watched her...
Bridgeland High School
Mr. Satterfield is a stakeholder on campus by teaching all levels of high schoolers and instilling a love of learning and civic duty. He is our campus Voting...
Fourteenth Street School, Bangor School Department
Nomination for Kristy Dube As a Kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Dube is the teacher that everyone hopes their child receives. Each child who has her as a teacher...
Millennia Gardens Elementary
Laura is a selfless, engaged, and dedicated 3rd grade math & science teacher. She got her master's and is pursuing a Phd because she is so interested in...
Bowling Green, KY
Lauren is one of the most giving, special people. She is currently teaching Kindergarten at a Title I school. She makes learning fun. She teaches academics and...
I am nominating my sister, Lauren Chao. Lauren Chao has been teaching in Brooklyn for 10+ years and has dedicated herself to her students. Lauren has...
Crystal Lake Elementary School
Lake Mary, FL
Ms. Briatico is our school's HERO! One of her students was drinking water & the water cap got stuck in his throat. Immediately, she administered the Heimlich...
James Potter Public School - Peel District School Board
After ten years in the business world, I remember Leslie expressing: "I don't feel like I am contributing anything to the world." So with family support, she...
I am nominating my wife, Linda Fisher Garrett, for your Giving Joy to Teachers Contest. She has taught school for over 30 years. Linda attended Central...
Discovery Middle School
My nomination for Louis "Luke" Haddad for a cruise is two-fold, once as a parent and once as a fellow educator. As a parent I am grateful for the enthusiasm...
I am completing my 41st year in public education. I have taught elementary, middle school and high school students in my career. I have been a school counselor...
Carolina International School
Mrs. Kumar is a Kindergarten teacher. She believes that imagination is more important than knowledge and she inspires her kids to be creative...
Lead Southeast High
Mrs. Renfro teaches a class called College Seminar. It informs and prepares 10th grade students to navigate the college application process. Located in the...
Chartiers Valley School District
Marc has been fundamental in helping the school district adapt to a COVID-influenced world. Marc developed and implemented a Cyber Academy for students in...
San Marcos High School
San Marcos, CA
Mrs. Davis is the most caring, organized, passionate teacher! Despite the difficulty of the past few years, she has built an extremely successful Healthcare...
Indian Trace Elementary School
It takes a very special person to be a teacher and Mrs. Marni Clinton fits the bill! With her amazing heart and love for her kiddos, she embraces each new day...
Mary Clare Duplantis Tarpley
WG Nunn Elementary School
Mary Clare Duplantis Tarpley is the wife of Brad Tarpley and mother of Mary Margaret and Lucas. She and her family are members of First United Methodist...
Jenison Public Schools
Mrs. Willie has been my colleague and my daughter's music teacher for the past six years. To say she makes concerts absolutely magical is an understatement!!...
Yturria Elementary (Brownsville ISD)
When you like what you do you give your 100% at what you do. I have been a educator for 22 years and I love what I do. I enjoy making my students smarter and...
Boulan Park Middle School
Megan is a hardworking and passionate educator and advocate. She is dedicated to helping every single one of her students and invests in them deeply. Megan is...
Aurora High School
Mrs. Foster was my Spanish teacher during my freshmen year of high school. I was privileged enough to have her again my senior year for a Service Learning...
Lacey Township High School
Lanoka Harbor, NJ
Michael Olender is the hardest working and most dedicated to his craft and students. As a high school choral and theatre arts teacher, his productions are top...
Westglades Middle School
I nominate Michelle Combs for this year's Norwegian Cruise Line Giving Joy Award. Michelle has been teaching 8th grade for over 15 years in Broward County, FL....
Orange County Virtual School
Mrs. Lyon epitomizes the theme of bringing Joy to the lives of her students. As a math teacher with Orange County Virtual School in Orlando, Florida, she goes...
C.S.67x The Mohegan School
Micki or Ms. C as the kids would say, has been a teacher in New York City for 9 years. She is a devoted teacher that goes above and beyond for her students....
Stoneman Douglas High School
They broke the mold when they gave us Mr. Albert. He not only teaches us content but encourages us and believes in us. He gives us the tools to do our best and...
Falconer HIgh School
Mr. Paterniti has to be one of the most heartfelt teachers and most deserving of this award. Speaking for our class, we all recognize his appreciation for...
True North Classical Academy
Natalie is the best teacher a school has to offer. she has found a way to make a challenging and rigorous program fun for the students! Not only does she give...
Miami Dade Virtual School
Mrs.Louie is a hardworking and caring educator. She is extremely understanding and cares about all of her students. Mrs.Louie touches the hearts of every...
Neil is a wonderful teacher who always makes time for his students. His passion and experience makes learning the material easy. He may be short but he makes...
Dodson Elementary School
Miss McClure has been teaching kindergarten for 16 years. She is a teacher who students come to visit years after leaving elementary school and also gets...
Belmont-Harrison Vocational School District
St. Clairsville, OH
Paden works at the Harrison Career Center where he teaches mathematics. He shows up every day and is always willing to help students. He shows up every day and...
United States University
San Diego, CA
Dr. Pam is more than a teacher, she is also an Author, Mentor, entrepreneur and a Nurse Practitioner who gives her all to help others. She is the owner of a...
Bayonne High School
NCL nomination Mrs Hosmer has been a dedicated teacher for over 35 years. A widowed breast cancer survivor she teaches tirelessly not only her normal day...
Long Hill School
I nominate Ms. Giordano for the Amazing Teacher's Award sponsored by Norwegian Cruise Line. She is an exceptional teacher, the kind a child will remember for...
Fort Lauderdale, FL
I have been teaching in Broward County Public School system for 33 years. I need a nice vacation before I retire. I have touched and planted seeds in many...
Westport Middle-High School
The first time I met Mr.Monast was in 7th grade doing an introduction of ourselves. I normally dread this part of any class but he ensured that each student...
Ridgeview High School
Orange Park, FL
Mr.Thompson is a very good teacher using is abilites to make class a fun and different atmostsphere. Math class becomes a class that everyone enjoys when Coach...
Brevard School Board
Mr Rodney Savickis is a Awesome High school teacher , 33 years who's so involved with his Career.. Dedicated to students and community as well as other staff...
G.W. Carver Elementary School
Coral Gables, FL
Teacher of the Year at GW Carver Elementary school. Signora Navarro has been the Italian Lead teacher for the last 18 years at her school. She has led this...
Sally D Ramos
Access Careers School
She was a nurse for 30years plus. Then she decided to become a medical educator and share her knowledge and experiences with a new generation of professionals....
Sandra Hines- Cumberledge
Woodland Regional High School
Beacon Falls, CT
As a former student of Chef Cumberledge, I can say that she is one of the most kind, caring, and impactful teachers I have ever met. Through her culinary...
Hunters Point Community Middle School
Long Island City, NY
Shannon is one of the most selfless educators I know! As a Special Educator she advocates for the needs of students and their families! In addition she is a...
Edisto Primary School
Ms.Dorch is a fun-loving educator that works hard for her students. I often hear her say, "I just try to be the teacher that I want/wanted for my daughters."...
Legend Springs Elementary
Changing lives and taking names. My family has had the privilege of knowing Mrs. Levake when our oldest son, Brody was placed in her 1st grade class. Brody is...
Lorain High School
Stacey has been teaching Math and college math for over 30 years at Lorain High School, which is a inner city urban school. Ninety percent are on free lunch....
Nicholas A. Ferri Middle School
Our daughter Stephanie has been teaching for 15 years ,but it didn't start there ! It all began at age 6 when she wanted me to buy a chalkboard for the...
Frank H. Peterson Academies of Technology
Orange Park, FL
She is sweet and understanding. She helps students to understand their lesson in a fun way that it will be easier for them remember. She loves her students...
Lincoln Performing Arts Elementary
Tammy is the sweetest and most caring vocal/piano teacher I have ever encountered! She more than deserves a cruise as a thank you fir her many years of service...
Broward County Public Schools-Falcon Cove Middle School
Theresa has been a teacher in Broward County for 34 years and has impacted the lives of thousands of students. This year, one of her students won a national...
Lillooet Secondary School
Tiffiny is fun, loving and caring. She is from a small community, and this allows her to connect to her students on a deeper level. Health and happiness go...
Gallistel Language Academy
Mr. Travis Ian Cuckler has been the Director of Instrumental and Choral Music at Gallistel Language Academy on Chicago's Southeast Side since 2013. At...
Stanton College Prep
Vanessa Knight is an awesome teacher who works tirelessly for her students and makes learning interesting and fun. She takes the time to craft lessons that...
Bridgeton High School
I would like to nominate Zachery Sminkey. I thought this would be a wonderful way to honor a teacher who gives so much of himself, year after year, to his...
Prince George County Public Schools- Online Campus
Camp Spring, MD
Ms. Boyd is an educator with decades of experience showing the upmost in care and attention to her students and their surrounding educational environments. She...
Jesús M Suárez
Trujillo Alto-Carolina, PR
Zaymara is a great English teacher for kindergarten to third grade students in Jesus M. Suarez Elementary school. The students love her creative way to teach...