For the third year, Norwegian Cruise Line relaunched its Giving Joy contest on May 2, 2022, during Teacher Appreciation Week, to highlight the importance of travel and education and recognize educators for their unwavering dedication to inspiring students every day. By the end of 2022, the contest will have awarded 230 teachers across the U.S. and Canada with free cruises and donated over $235,000 to schools since 2019.

The below top 100 educators across the U.S. and Canada received the most votes and won a free cruise for two on an exclusive five-day sailing aboard NCL’s newest record-breaking ship Norwegian Prima. During the October 2022 voyage departing from Galveston, Texas, a special ceremony will be held on board to announce the three Grand Prize winners who will receive $25,000, $15,000 and $10,000, respectively for their school.

TOP 100 Winners

Aleksandra Sofia Chaparro Bezzubikoff

Aleksandra Sofia Chaparro Bezzubikoff

Indian Trace Elementary
Weston, FL

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...

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Alissa Burrall

Alissa Burrall

Middletown Middle School
Middletown, MD

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...

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Allison Gaudette

Allison Gaudette

Strong Elementary School
Plantsville, CT

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...

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Amanda Phillips

Amanda Phillips

Greenbrier School District
Greenbrier, AR

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Andrea O’Brien

Andrea O’Brien

Chestnut Hill Middle School
Liverpool, NY

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...

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Angela Cooley

Angela Cooley

Jonesboro Public Schools
Jonesboro, AR

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...

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Anthony Stirpe

Anthony Stirpe

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...

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Ashley Tarin

Ashley Tarin

Dewey Elementary
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....

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Bethany McAfee

Bethany McAfee

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....

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Brian Greene

Brian Greene

John Lewis Middle School
Waukegan, IL

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...

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Bryan Rivera

Bryan Rivera

Francisco Morales High School
Naranjito, PR

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...

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Cameron Glogau

Cameron Glogau

Highland Magnet School at Kenwood
Bend, OR

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...

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Candace Cain

Candace Cain

Burwell Public
Burwell, NE

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...

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Christopher Houchins

Christopher Houchins

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...

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Correy Hope Kustin

Correy Hope Kustin

St Bernard’s Catholic School
Brooklyn, NY

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...

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Daniel Command

Daniel Command

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...

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Darren Passey

Darren Passey

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...

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Davon Clarke

Davon Clarke

The Children's Workshop School
Manhattan, NY

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...

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Dawn Sommers

Dawn Sommers

Einstein Elementary
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...

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Deana Loria

Deana Loria

Edison High School
Edison, NJ

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,...

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Dennis Burns

Dennis Burns

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...

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Diana Pecorino

Diana Pecorino

Fuller Magnet Elementary School
Garner, NC

My wife puts her heart into teaching her students every day. She is the most dedicated and hard working teacher I...

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Dominique Scarzafava

Dominique Scarzafava

Middletown High School
Middletown, NY

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...

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Elaine Niehauser

Elaine Niehauser

Gilbert A. Dater High School
Cincinnati, OH

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...

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Elisa Cartagena

Elisa Cartagena

Discovery Elementary
Sunrise, FL

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...

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Elizabeth Hodge

Elizabeth Hodge

Alpha Elementary School
Morristown, TN

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...

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Elizabeth Smith

Elizabeth Smith

Messiah University (AND Harrisburg Area Community College)
Mechanicsburg, PA

Beth exemplifies what a teacher should be... caring, concerned, making learning fun, but above all cares about each and everyone of her students... students...

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Erick Stallings

Erick Stallings

Holcomb Bridge Middle School
Alpharetta, GA

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...

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Gregory Bennett

Gregory Bennett

Enlarged City School District of Middletown (Middletown High School)
Middletown, NY

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...

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Heather Hutto Giles

Heather Hutto Giles

Pearl High School
Pearl, MS

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...

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Heather M Ferguson

Heather M Ferguson

Fishers High School
Fishers, IN

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...

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Heather Orr

Heather Orr

Montgomery High School
Montgomery, TX

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...

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Heather Story

Heather Story

Karns Middle school (Knox Co Schools)
Knoxville, TN

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...

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Jacquelyn McDonnell

Jacquelyn McDonnell

Norton Middle School
Norton, OH

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...

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Janine Zampini

Janine Zampini

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...

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Jason Zembuch Young

Jason Zembuch Young

South Plantation High School
Plantation, FL

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...

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Jeffrey Price

Jeffrey Price

Station Middle School
Barrington, IL

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...

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Jennifer Allyn Broad

Jennifer Allyn Broad

Frankford Public School
Frankford, ON

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...

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Jennifer Gorsline

Jennifer Gorsline

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...

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Jennifer Lyn Hammer

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...

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Jennifer Moser

Jennifer Moser

Glades Middle School
Miramar, FL

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...

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Jill Putney

Jill Putney

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....

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John Pinkston

John Pinkston

Monarch PK-8
Louisville, CO

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...

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Jose Alexis Rivera

Jose Alexis Rivera

Broward College
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...

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Kayley Crawford

Kayley Crawford

Highlands Elementary School
Immokalee, FL

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...

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Kevin Satterfield

Kevin Satterfield

Bridgeland High School
Cypress, TX

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...

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Kristy Dube

Kristy Dube

Fourteenth Street School, Bangor School Department
Bangor, ME

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...

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Laura Pimentel

Laura Pimentel

Millennia Gardens Elementary
Orlando, FL

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...

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Lauren Bright

Lauren Bright

Dishman-McGinnis Elementary
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...

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Lauren Chao

Lauren Chao

P.S. 748
Brooklyn, NY

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...

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Leanne Briatico

Leanne Briatico

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...

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Leslie Todd-Bruin

Leslie Todd-Bruin

James Potter Public School - Peel District School Board
Brampton, ON

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...

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Linda Garrett

Linda Garrett

Central Elementary
Seagoville, TX

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...

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Louis Haddad

Louis Haddad

Discovery Middle School
Canton, MI

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...

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Lynse Pawelek

Lynse Pawelek

Pleasanton ISD
Pleasanton, TX

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...

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Madhavi Kumar

Madhavi Kumar

Carolina International School
Concord, NC

Mrs. Kumar is a Kindergarten teacher. She believes that imagination is more important than knowledge and she inspires her kids to be creative...

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Madison Miller

Madison Miller

Lead Southeast High
Nashville, TN

Mrs. Renfro teaches a class called College Seminar. It informs and prepares 10th grade students to navigate the college application process. Located in the...

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Marc Hubert

Marc Hubert

Chartiers Valley School District
Pittsburgh, PA

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...

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Marci Davis

Marci Davis

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...

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Marni Clinton

Marni Clinton

Indian Trace Elementary School
Weston, FL

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...

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Mary Clare Duplantis Tarpley

Mary Clare Duplantis Tarpley

WG Nunn Elementary School
Valdosta, GA

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...

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Maura Willie

Maura Willie

Jenison Public Schools
Jenison, MI

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!!...

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Maxinne Esparza

Maxinne Esparza

Yturria Elementary (Brownsville ISD)
Brownsville, TX

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...

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Megan Luther

Megan Luther

Boulan Park Middle School
Troy, MI

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...

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Melissa Foster

Melissa Foster

Aurora High School
Aurora, OH

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...

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Michael Olender

Michael Olender

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...

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Michelle Combs

Michelle Combs

Westglades Middle School
Parkland, FL

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....

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Michelle Lyon

Michelle Lyon

Orange County Virtual School
Orlando, FL

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...

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Micki Chevalier

Micki Chevalier

C.S.67x The Mohegan School
Bronx, NY

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....

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Mitchell Albert

Mitchell Albert

Stoneman Douglas High School
Parkland, FL

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...

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Mitchell Paterniti

Mitchell Paterniti

Falconer HIgh School
Falconer, NY

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...

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Natalie Caban

Natalie Caban

True North Classical Academy
Miami, FL

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...

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Nathalie Louie

Nathalie Louie

Miami Dade Virtual School
Miami, FL

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...

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Neil Kerby

Neil Kerby

Loyalist College
Belleville, ON

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...

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Nicole McClure

Nicole McClure

Dodson Elementary School
Reno, NV

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...

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Paden Stewart

Paden Stewart

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...

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Pamela Manning

Pamela Manning

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...

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Patricia Hosmer

Patricia Hosmer

Bayonne High School
Bayonne, NJ

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...

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Renee Giordano

Renee Giordano

Long Hill School
Shelton, CT

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...

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Rhonda Spencer

Rhonda Spencer

Arthur Ashe
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...

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Richard Monast

Richard Monast

Westport Middle-High School
Westport, MA

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...

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Robert Thompson

Robert Thompson

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...

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Rodney Savickis

Rodney Savickis

Brevard School Board
Viera, FL

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...

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Roselyn Navarro

Roselyn Navarro

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...

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Sally D Ramos

Sally D Ramos

Access Careers School
Hempstead, NY

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....

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Sandra Hines- Cumberledge

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...

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Shannon Cooke

Shannon Cooke

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...

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Sharetha Dorch

Sharetha Dorch

Edisto Primary School
Cordova, SC

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."...

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Sharon Levake

Sharon Levake

Legend Springs Elementary
Glendale, AZ

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...

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Stacey Vore

Stacey Vore

Lorain High School
Lorain, OH

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....

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Stephanie Rego

Stephanie Rego

Nicholas A. Ferri Middle School
Johnston, RI

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...

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Sweetheart Tayong

Sweetheart Tayong

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...

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Tamala Gibson

Tamala Gibson

Lincoln Performing Arts Elementary
Louisville, KY

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...

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Theresa Schrager

Theresa Schrager

Broward County Public Schools-Falcon Cove Middle School
Weston, FL

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...

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Tiffiny Bairos

Tiffiny Bairos

Lillooet Secondary School
Lillooet, BC

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...

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Travis Cuckler

Travis Cuckler

Gallistel Language Academy
Chicago, IL

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...

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Vanessa Knight

Vanessa Knight

Stanton College Prep
Jacksonville, FL

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...

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Zachery Sminkey

Zachery Sminkey

Bridgeton High School
Bridgeton, NJ

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...

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Zaneta Boyd

Zaneta Boyd

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...

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Zaymara Echevarria-Cruz

Zaymara Echevarria-Cruz

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...

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