In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week and to highlight the importance of travel and education, Norwegian Cruise Line relaunched its Giving Joy contest on May 3, 2021, honoring and celebrating the countless teachers who have given their all to students, virtually or in person over the last year.

The below top 100 educators across the U.S. and Canada received the most votes and won a free seven-day cruise for two for a vacation of a lifetime!

Now, these winners are in the running for one of three grand prizes benefitting their school and students. NCL will award the Grand Prize winner with the most votes a $25,000 donation for his or her school, while the second and third place winners will receive a $15,000 and $10,000 donation respectively for their schools.

Tune in on Aug. 19, 2021 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT for the Norwegian’s Giving Joy Awards event, where the three Grand Prize winners will be announced. The celebratory ceremony will be open to the public and can be streamed live at www.NCLGivingJoyLivestreamEvent.com and Facebook.

TOP 100 Winners

Adam Sage

Adam Sage

Somerset Parkland Academy
Parkland, FL

Mr. Sage taught my daughter for two consecutive years he is THE best teacher his passion to help a child unlock their potential goes far and above normal...

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Alexandra Dominguez

Alexandra Dominguez

George Washington Carver Elementary School
Coral Gables, FL

Alexandra Dominguez is in her 9th year of teaching at G.W. Carver Elementary. She has the challenging role of teaching 5th grade both virtually and in person...

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Allan Dino

Allan Dino

Middle College High School
Gallup, NM

Mr. Dino has been an advocate for the advancement of science education. He has participated in many state-sponsored workshops and training for science teachers...

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Andrea Bobadilla

Andrea Bobadilla

Ednovate, USC Hybrid High School
Los Angeles, CA

Andrea immigrated to the US with her parents at the age of 4 from Latin America thanks to her efforts she was able to obtain her bachelor's degree and then her...

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Andrea Lewis-Longmuir

Andrea Lewis-Longmuir

GECDSB - Program Department
Windsor, ON

Andrea is a stellar educator who puts her heart and soul into all she does to inspire other educators and make a difference in the lives of so many. She...

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Andrea Maurer

Andrea Maurer

Mariposa Elementary School
Brea, CA

Mrs. Maurer is the most amazing teacher! She makes Kindergarten magical for children and their families. She always goes above and beyond for her students. She...

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Angela Cordova

Angela Cordova

Doral Academy Elementary
Doral, FL

Angie has been a beloved teacher at Doral Academy since the school opened its doors in 2000. Every morning she greets her students with a huge smile & hug....

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Angeline Humber

Angeline Humber

Greater Essex County District School Board
Windsor, ON

Angeline is an exceptional educator with vast knowledge and experience particularly in Kindergarten and French Education. She is a strong advocate for children...

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Anna  Elliott

Anna Elliott

General McLane School District
Edinboro, PA

Anna Elliott is a student support teacher. As seen in her pictures she is a super hero teacher! Mrs Elliot normalizes with her students she gets to their level...

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Annemarie Luca

Annemarie Luca

Park Trails Elementary
Parkland, FL

Mrs. Luca is the most deserving loving and supportive teacher there is. I have had the privilege of being her daughter for the past 18 years and her beautiful...

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Ashley Goldstein

Ashley Goldstein

Inlet Grove High School
Riviera Beach, FL

Ms. Goldstein has been an educator for over 10 years working with struggling readers in high school. She has an exceptional pass rate for the reading...

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Ashley Steadman

Ashley Steadman

Evans High School
Orlando, FL

Ms. Steadman teaches AP Environmental Science and Honors Envir. Science at Evans High School which is a Title 1 School in Orlando FL. She consistently goes...

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Austin Vahle

Austin Vahle

Brenda Cowan Elementary School
Lexington, KY

Mr. Austin Vahle is the drama teacher at Brenda Cowan Elementary (BCE). While he is only in his second year of teaching he has made significant contributions...

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Bethany McAfee

Bethany McAfee

Sheridan Technical High School
Fort Lauderdale, FL

My goal is to have my students feel like they are heard valued and respected in my English class. I want to see my students hearts and their stories. There are...

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Brandie Soto

Brandie Soto

Binks Forest Elementary
Wellington, FL

I am nominating Mrs. Brandie Soto for this generous award sponsored by NCL. Mrs. Soto is a proud educator of Palm Beach County home of the Binks Forest...

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Brandon Payne

Brandon Payne

Colfax K-8 (Pittsburgh Public Schools)
Pittsburgh, PA

Mr. Payne goes above and beyond for his special education students as well as ALL students at his school. Mr. Payne teaches through his passion for music and...

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Brian Greene

Brian Greene

Lyon Magnet School
Waukegan, IL

This year my dad has not only been my teacher at home remote but he has welcomed 37 of his students into our house. He has taught his 5th graders from a...

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Candace Cain

Candace Cain

Burwell Public School
Burwell, Nebraska

After 21 years of teaching I would like to have the opportunity to try something I have never done before and that is take a cruise. Teaching in a rural...

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Cary Cabrera

Cary Cabrera

Cypress K8
Miami, FL

I am nominating Cary Cabrera for this remarkable award because she is a phenomenal educator and an outstanding person. She goes above and beyond for her...

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Catherine Van Winkle

Catherine Van Winkle

East Stroudsburg High School North
Dingmans Ferry, PA

Catherine is a seasoned teacher but has the energy of a newbie. She is a rockstar being the advisor for the senior class student government yearbook and...

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Claudia Camara

Claudia Camara

George Washington Carver Elementary School
Coral Gables, FL

Claudia C·mara has been an elementary school teacher for 13 years in the state of Florida. She is currently teaching a 4th and 5th grade gifted class at G. W....

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Colin Quinn

Colin Quinn

Florida Virtual School
Orlando, FL

Pre-Algebra teacher Air Force Veteran volunteers in the community helping in youth sports and high school...

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Courtney Saling

Courtney Saling

Dodson Branch School
Cookeville, TN

Mrs. Courtney has been an angel for our family. While trying to navigate the craziness of Covid-19 schooling she has been patient and supportive. Add into this...

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Darletta Jaycox

Darletta Jaycox

Cunningham Elementary Austin Independent School District
Austin, TX

Like all teachers Darletta's year was very challenging. It began before COVID when her mom suffered a stroke during Thanksgiving which caused Darletta and her...

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David  Sowerby

David Sowerby

Kraft Meadows Middle School
Caledonia, MI

David Sowerby is an inspirational Orchestra Teacher in Caledonia MI. He has battled through massive amounts of health issues including ulcerative colitis...

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De’Garryan Andrews

De’Garryan Andrews

Crossroad Academy Charter School of Business
Quincy, FL

De'Garryan is an amazing teacher with 11 years experience. He works hard for his students and is very passionate about helping all students succeed. As a new...

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Deborah Cruz

Deborah Cruz

Eleonor Roosevelt
Hato Rey, PR

For my passion to teach and hard work. I dedicate most of my time to help my student not just in their classes but in give them thecnics to make good decisions...

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Denise Mainardi

Denise Mainardi

Maggie Cordova Elementary
Rio Rancho, NM

I would love to nominate my mom. She is not only a teacher but a breast cancer survivor twice in her life. Through all rounds of chemo and multiple surgeries....

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Donna Mack

Donna Mack

Mabel Hoggard Magnet ES
Las Vegas, NV

Ms. Mack has taught over 4600 children in her 34-year career. As a final gift to her students and school she wants to win a cash prize for the beloved animals...

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Doreen Hacker

Doreen Hacker

Yeshiva Derech HaTorah
Brooklyn, NY

Mrs. Hacker has been a math teacher for 23 years and is currently teaching 6 classes in two different schools as well as helping students with after school...

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Edward Cisneros

Edward Cisneros

Multicultural Arts School
Chicago, IL

Ed Cisneros is a theatre teacher that has been giving his students his all for over 14 years. He has always chosen to remain at his public neighborhood high...

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Elyse Kotkin

Elyse Kotkin

Cooper City High School
Cooper City, FL

Elyse is the most caring and passionate teacher around. Her relationship with her students is by far one of the best relationships I've seen between a teacher...

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Ernest Pappas

Ernest Pappas

Conrad Schools of Science
Wilmington, DE

I'd like to nominate my husband because he and his students have had a tough year of transition due to the pandemic where he has helped his students learn and...

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Francis Clement

Francis Clement

C.A. Boswell Elementary School
Auburndale, FL

Serving as a teacher in a low income area for over 30 years Francis contiues to go out of her way to help her students succeed. She selflessly invests her...

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Gabriel Kealoha

Gabriel Kealoha

Aiea High School
Aiea, HI

My husband Gabriel Kealoha is a high school history and social studies teacher for 9th graders at Aiea High in Hawaii. He is currently facing his second battle...

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Gisel Zapata

Gisel Zapata

True North Classical Academy
Miami, FL

Mrs. Zapata is a Kinder teacher at True North Classical Academy. Her nickname is Mary Poppins because she loves wearing dresses making people smile &...

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Hannah Hamilton

Hannah Hamilton

Imagine chancellor
Boynton Beach, FL

Ms. Hamilton is a phenomenal Kindergarten teacher. Her love passion & dedication to make an impact on her children is incomparable. Every day she greets...

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Jade Pudsey

Jade Pudsey

Coral Cove Elementary School
Miramar, FL

Jade Pudsey is an awe-inspiring elementary school teacher. She always goes the extra mile spending many nights and weekends working on new ways to engage and...

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Janet Cerjak

Janet Cerjak

Sierra Verde STEAM Academy
Glendale, AZ

I am nominating Janet Cerjak because she's not your ordinary teacher she's so much more.She went into teaching due to her love for kids and to develop young...

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Jared Cox

Jared Cox

Wynford Local Schools
Bucyrus, OH

Mr. Cox is a middle school social studies teacher at Wynford Local Schools in Bucyrus Ohio. He has a passion for teaching diversity and modeling to his...

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Jeff Blakeslee

Jeff Blakeslee

Canton High School
Canton, MI

Jeff Blakeslee or JB as most students call him is a faciliteacher unlike any other. I had the pleasure of being JB's student for three classes- Honors...

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Jenny Miltner

Jenny Miltner

Dublin Coffman High School
Dublin, OH

Miss Miltner loves teaching and she especially loves teaching her kids (as she calls us). This year was hard on all of our teachers and they all did an amazing...

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Jessica Delaney

Jessica Delaney

Cumberland High School
Cumberland, RI

she's the best teacher ever and does so much for her students! She deserves a...

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Joanne Grenz

Joanne Grenz

ST John Fisher School
Portland, OR

Mrs. Grenz has been making magic as a first grade teacher for our kids for over 30 years. She brings nature and fun into the classroom and brings the classroom...

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Joe Merenda

Joe Merenda

Ansonia High School
Ansonia, CT

Mr. Merenda is a straight-edge educator with a passion for comics movies TV video games and of course - TEACHING! As the self-proclaimed King of Tieland he...

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Joel Cooper

Joel Cooper

Lincoln Alexander Public School
Markham, ON

Joel has been a teacher in the York Region District School Board (a suburb of Toronto) for 35 years! When the movie Mr. Holland's Opus came out in 1995 I...

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John David Gonzalez

John David Gonzalez

Northridge Academy High School
Northridge, CA

I do everything that I can to ensure that students have fun and learn in my class. My goal is to create well rounded individuals who make the world a better...

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John Lee

John Lee

Silver Valley High School
Yermo, CA

I am a teacher who cares deeply about my students and their future success. I will do anything to make sure my students receive the best education possible. I...

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Judy  Stewart

Judy Stewart

Bill Crothers Secondary School
Markham, ON

I am 47 years old. I have been a teacher for 24 years. I teach students with special needs in a community class. I love my job my students and my team. I could...

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Julie Pawlowski

Julie Pawlowski

Union Academy Charter School
Monroe, NC

Julie is my daughter-in-law. Not only has she weathered this pandemic crisis by working from home (preparing lessons making videos etc.) she also was hit with...

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Kanika Gaudi Malhotra

Kanika Gaudi Malhotra

Doral International Academy of Math and Science
Miami, FL

Mrs. Gaudi is very caring hardworking and dedicated to serving each student. Her willingness to help others and teach in a fun environment are like no other....

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Keith Bona

Keith Bona

Walter C. Young Middle
Pembroke Pines, FL

Mr. Bona works tirelessly to help students achieve their highest success. He teaches Microsoft Industry Certification and Introduction to coding to middle...

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Khadijah Jones

Khadijah Jones

Howard W Blake High School
Tampa, FL

She goes above and beyond with teaching she teaches Ap Environmental science and she the only teacher in the school who teaches it. She gets us to pay...

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Kim Curtis

Kim Curtis

Health Careers High School
San Antonio, TX

Kim teaches AP Chemistry at Health Careers High School in San Antonio. She consistently goes above and beyond for her students and inspires them both in and...

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Kristin DeYoung

Kristin DeYoung

Jenison Public Schools
Hudsonville, MI

My son and daughter both had Kristin as a teacher. She is dedicated and encourages all of her students to Change the World! As I've learned more about Kristin...

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Kristina Vantassel

Kristina Vantassel

Nasonville Elementary School
Marshfield, WI

Mrs. Vantassel is an incredible teacher who goes above and beyond for all of her students. She loves teaching hands-on lessons that are relevant to the lives...

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Lana Snapp

Lana Snapp

Humble ISD
Humble, TX

Mrs. Snapp has been teaching for 13 years. She started out teaching in elementary and is now teaching Health Science in High School. Each year Mrs. Snapp...

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Laura Barlow

Laura Barlow

Roger Williams Middle School
Providence, RI

Ms. Barlow teaches middle school performing arts in an urban school. I worked with Ms. Barlow this year. She works hard to support a diverse learning...

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Leslie Baker

Leslie Baker

Western Boone Jr/Sr High School
Thorntown, IN

Mrs. Baker is an amazing band director and music teacher for our rural school district. She teaches in both the Jr/Sr high school and the elementary school...

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Lisa Chatham

Lisa Chatham

Georgia Connections Academy
Duluth, GA

Lisa's job has been to teach virtually for several years but the pandemic increased their school's enrollment and brought an increased focus to how all...

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Lucia Ruggiero

Lucia Ruggiero

St.Anne's School
Garden City, NY

I would like to nominate Lucia Ruggiero. Lucia has been an inspiration to me and to all her students. She has dealt with many disappointments during Covid but...

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Lyla Younes

Lyla Younes

Kirk Elementary
Fresno, CA

It was extremely hard for parents and students to adapt to technology when covid hit. I teach in a very low income area in Fresno parents here are most stayed...

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Manny Johnson

Manny Johnson

Vintage High School
Napa, CA

Manny is a special education teacher at Vintage High in Napa Ca. with a focus on math. He has been a teacher for over 20 years working with students who needed...

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Mary Adomaitis

Mary Adomaitis

Fremont Elementary School
Fremont, IN

Mary is an amazing teacher. She loves to teach children to learn. She works with high risk readers and is able to help identify learning disorders. She has...

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Mary Kerr

Mary Kerr

Phillip C. Showell Elementary
Selbyville, DE

Mary Kerr or better known to her family and friends as Christy gives a 110% of herself every day to help benefit her staff and students at Showell Elementry...

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Matthew Mazur

Matthew Mazur

George Bannerman Dealey Montessori
Dallas, TX

Creative, Funny and Upbeat are just some of the words that we use to describe art teacher Matthew Mazur! Whether it is helping middle school students prepare...

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Matthew McShane

Matthew McShane

Archbishop Prendergast Catholic High School
Drexel Hill, PA

How do you describe someone that is indescribable. What do you buy the richest man in the world for his birthday. Studentsfriends and family used words such as...

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Meagan Mauck

Meagan Mauck

Fallsington Elementary School
Levittown, PA

This amazing learning support teacher at Fallsington Elementary Pennsbury PA helps all students in the school. Four years ago she launched the school's Girls...

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Megan Nelson

Megan Nelson

Rehobeth Elementary School
Newton, AL

My wife Megan is a TAG teacher at Rehobeth Elementary School in south Alabama. She has been an educator for 6 years. Her passion for touching the lives of her...

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Melissa Owens

Melissa Owens

Colonial Intermediate Unit 20
Easton, PA

I had the distinct pleasure of meeting Ms. Owens when I was a high school student. Her kind actions selfless personality drive for inclusivity and dedication...

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Michael  Trimmell

Michael Trimmell

California State University Long Beach
Long Beach, CA

Michael Trimmell is an amazing educator. He started his career as an Elementary Science teacher continued on to be an Assistant Principal and has been...

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Michelle Combs

Michelle Combs

Westglades Middle School
Parkland, FL

Michelle Matteis-Combs has been teaching in South Florida for over 13 years. During those years she has never given up her passion for teaching even after...

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Mike Mikulec

Mike Mikulec

Hillsborough IB High School
Tampa, FL

Mr. Mikulec goes above and beyond most while teaching AP European History at Hillsborough High School a course that is considered one of the hardest that the...

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Miranda Spano

Miranda Spano

Wimauma Elementary School
Wimauma, FL

I would like to nominate Mrs. Miranda Spano who is a kindergarten teacher at Wimauma Elementary in Wimauma Forida. She has passion for teaching and makes...

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Misty Paneitz

Misty Paneitz

Humble High School
Humble, TX

My teacher is very motivating and caring with passion to her job. she will go out of her way to teach us and encourage us to not give up. Has high expectations...

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Natalie Holcer

Natalie Holcer

Chillicothe R-2 School District
Chillicothe, MO

Natalie has been teaching 25 years. She always puts her students first!! In our small town she has taught nearly everyone! She us a great mentor and teacher...

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Nicole Penchansky

Nicole Penchansky

Groton Dunstable Regional High School
Groton, MA

Being a part of SeÒora Freitas's class is like being part of a family. I will never forget the first day I walked into her class; we immediately all felt the...

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Pamela Alexander

Pamela Alexander

Swansea Public Schools
Swansea, MA

Mrs. Alexander is not only a high school child development teacher but also a Pre-K teacher. Director of Case's Little Faces this Pre-K class is actually a...

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Phil Howlett

Phil Howlett

Loyalist College of Applied Arts and Technology
Belleville, ON

An educator for 30+ years Phil has positively impacted countless students. At age 62 he is teaching communication/counselling skills and FITNESS &...

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Ricki Budnick

Ricki Budnick

R.C Murphy Junior High School
Stony Brook, NY

Mrs. Budnick is one of the kindest people I have ever met. She has been a special education teacher for over 30 years. I have never met someone who would do...

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Robert  Tonnesen

Robert Tonnesen

William Shemin Midtown Community School
Bayonne, NJ

Mr. Tonnesen serves as an incredible inspiration to his students and to those around him. He always does his best to make the classroom feel like home even...

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Robert Clark

Robert Clark

Tyler Elementary School
Washington, DC

I would like nominate Mr. Robert Clark of DCPS. Mr. Clark is a 3rd grade math and science teacher in Washington D.C. He been teaching for twenty-one years....

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Robin Scott

Robin Scott

Arts Education Branch~LAUSD
Los Angeles, CA

Robin is truly an incredible elementary dance teacher that works in some of the most economically challenged schools. She gives her all to every single class...

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Rosie Quinonez

Rosie Quinonez

Indian Trace Elementary Broward County Public Schools
Weston, FL

You won't find a more dedicated and caring teacher than Mrs. Rosie Quinonez. Throughout her career she has dedicated herself to helping special education...

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Samantha Belsky

Samantha Belsky

Bridgeton High School
Bridgeton, NJ

Ms. Belsky is an amazing teacher. Her students absolutely love her and are always seeking her out. She seems to know almost every student in the school. Not...

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Samantha Macdonald

Samantha Macdonald

C.S. 67 The Mohegan School
Bronx, NY

Samantha teaches in a title 1 school in Bronx NY. She teaches both general ed as well as special ed children. Samantha has worked all through covid teaching...

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Sammy Rigaud

Sammy Rigaud

Kindezi Schools
Atlanta, GA

Of humble beginnings, Sammy of Atlanta GA is a teacher musician & author. Understanding & living his life's purpose love God people and children Sammy...

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Sandra Curran

Sandra Curran

Kelowna Secondary School
Kelowna, BC

Sandra consistently goes above and beyond by guiding her students to consider all the possibilities and then realize their life goals. She makes time for all...

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Sandra Prades-Bertran

Sandra Prades-Bertran

Greenleaf
Oakland, CA

Sandra goes above and beyond each and every single day to support all members of her school community: students teachers parents staff... She is driven by her...

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Sara Krueger

Sara Krueger

Belleville School District
Belleville, WI

Sara is an amazing teacher that has touched the lives of everyone in the school. On top of running a top notch choir program she has looked for ways to keep...

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Sharon Chavez

Sharon Chavez

Travis Heights Elementary School
Austin, TX

Ms. Chavez has been a bilingual kindergarten teacher for more than 15 years. She puts her heart and soul into all her lessons and ensuring students get off on...

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Shawn Geppert

Shawn Geppert

Collinsville High School
Collinsville, IL

Shawn Geppert is a teacher of teachers-to-be and spends every day inspiring the future educators for our children and of the future. She teaches early...

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Shyam Thakker

Shyam Thakker

Redford Union School District
Redford, MI

A hard and dedicated educator who is committed to his community and students. He was nominated by channel 4 as teacher of the year and has served his community...

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Steve Kucinski

Steve Kucinski

Dublin Coffman High School
Dublin, OH

Dr. Steve Kucinski has a collection of notes he's saved from decades of former high school English students. He re-reads and cherishes them like priceless...

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Steven Curry

Steven Curry

Windham Middle School SAU 95
Windham, NH

Mr. Curry is one of the most selfless caring and hardworking teachers in New Hampshire. He teaches 8th grade math at Windham Middle School. In his 5+ years...

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Steven Shannon

Steven Shannon

Fleming Island High School
Fleming Island, FL

Mr. Shannon is an icon who deserves an amazing vacation!! Not only does he teach English literature to juniors and seniors he also teaches jazz band after...

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Sydney Dombrowski

Sydney Dombrowski

The Comprehensive Learning Center
Warminster, PA

Sydney is a passionate special education teacher who takes pride in her work. She is dedicated and inspiring in everything she does. Her creativity and love...

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Todd Hoffman

Todd Hoffman

John S. Malcom Elementary School
Laguna Niguel, CA

Mr. Hoffman is one of those rare teachers that hopefully you are fortunate enough to get once in your life. He changes his students for the better by helping...

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Tori Jones

Tori Jones

Lumpkin County Middle School
Dahlonega, GA

One of the most effective ways to learn is through experiences like traveling and visiting new places! Mrs. Jones is a lifelong learner and hopes to instill a...

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Valentina Visbal

Valentina Visbal

Doral International Academy of Math and Science
Doral, FL

As a first year elementary school teacher Ms. Visbal has tried to make the best out of these unprecedented times for her 3rd graders. She brings fun and...

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