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 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.

Burlingame-Hillsborough 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 within Burlingame and Hillsborough who teach kindergarten through 12th grade, are eligible to win.

The local Burlingame or Hillsborough teacher who wins the most nominations or votes will be given two hours of volunteer time by Burlingame-Hillsborough Patch editor Miriam Finder! Miriam 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 Burlingame or Hillsborough 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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gabriel dalporto October 11, 2012 at 08:34 PM
Gabriel Dalporto I would like to nominate Ms Simple at Lincoln.
SFleming October 11, 2012 at 09:40 PM
Ms. Leslie Semple from Lincoln Elementary, 1st grade. She was a fabulous, energetic teacher, engaged and supportive of her students. Gave us insightful advice about our daughter.
Jeanette Calandra October 11, 2012 at 10:33 PM
I have been truly impressed with the teachers in Burlingame but would like to especially highlight Mrs. Leslie Semple from Lincoln Elementary (1st Grade). She has an amazing way to make every child feel special and recognize each individual's talents. Mrs. Semple finds new and exciting ways to challenge the class and will not limit their learning when children can go further. She is extremely warm and caring, yet creates an appropriate sense of structure to create the ideal learning environment. I knew she was a gem when my daughter would share that each week prior students (from Middle School through to those in the workforce!) would come and visit Mrs "S" just to say hello. She obviously makes a lasting impression on many of her students.
Marcela Irby October 11, 2012 at 11:02 PM
I would like to vote for Ms. Leslie Semple from Lincoln Elementary (1st Grade). She is a wonderful teacher who really cares about her students. I'm amazed at the level of personalized attention she gives to each child and at the great job she does in motivating them. The kids adore her and we are incredibly lucky to have her this year.
Elaine S. November 21, 2012 at 04:58 AM
well I truly hope Ms. Semple won this. No one spends longer hours or invests more of herself in her classroom than Ms. Semple - she honestly views the children as "her kids" and gets to know the strengths and challenges of all of her kids and encourages them to achieve. there is no better teacher in Burlingame than Ms. Semple


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