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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DD October 10, 2012 at 03:20 AM
I would like to nominate Lesley Semple from Lincoln Elementary. She is a wonderful teacher!
Mary Tarara October 10, 2012 at 08:32 AM
I would like to nominate Lesley Semple from Lincoln Elementary. Her knowledge, enthusiasm, generosity and dedication made my daughter's first grade experience amazing.
AWright October 10, 2012 at 04:45 PM
I would like to nominate Becky Glover at Lincoln Elementary. Her ability to engage her students is amazing. She is able to insire them to want to excel and to instil a love and appreciation for reading and learning that is amazing.
SueB October 11, 2012 at 04:03 AM
Sean Kuiper from Roosevelt Elementary!!! He brings excitement to the classroom! He is Fun! He is the teacher every child should experience!
Cathleen Pearson October 11, 2012 at 04:26 AM
Mr. Kuiper from Roosevelt Elementary in Burlingame. His dedication shines through every day in the classroom. He truly takes the time to get to know each child in a meaningful way and is committed to helping them succeed. A true gem.
Eric Bohren October 11, 2012 at 04:29 AM
My son had Sean Kuiper last year and still talks about him even though he is attending North now. My sense is that he will be his favorite teacher for a very long time. I do not say this lightly as there are many fantastic teachers at Roosevelt and North.
Melissa Macko October 11, 2012 at 04:34 AM
Sean Kuiper arrived mid-year when the regular classroom teacher was on leave and he brought warmth and spirit and inspiration to the class of 1st graders. He is a "positive pusher" in behavior - the kids respond well to his positive rewards. He is a teacher that kids will remember as adults. And he is a fierce kickball player to boot!
Kimberly Azzollini October 11, 2012 at 04:52 AM
Mr. Kuiper at Roosevelt Elementary. Teaching is not a job for him...it is his passion.
Bret October 11, 2012 at 04:59 AM
I nominate Mr. Kuiper from Roosevelt Elementary School.
Janet Hasegawa October 11, 2012 at 05:10 AM
Mr Kuiper is a fantastic 1st grade teacher at Roosevelt in Burlingame. We are so fortunate to have our son in his class! Not only is he a great teacher but an amazing role model as well. And he is an A's fan!! (go A's)
Tom Mellman October 11, 2012 at 05:38 AM
Mr K has a special skill of getting his students to love school and learning. We are glad he came to Roosevelt!
Amy Hofmann October 11, 2012 at 05:46 AM
Mr. Kuiper is an amazing teacher. My daughter was in his 1st grade class last year at Roosevelt. He enjoys his job and it shows. He has a special gift of making learning fun!!!
lsp October 11, 2012 at 06:01 AM
Sean Kuiper, a first grade teacher as Roosevelt, is the kind of teacher we are all looking for to teach our children. The Roosevelt community is lucky to have such an energetic, caring, and responsive role model for our youngsters.
MEP October 11, 2012 at 07:11 AM
I would like to recommend Sean Kuiper. He has such respect, care, and enthusiasm for his first grade students. He has come up with great reward systems and creative ways to learn math. He requires respectful behavior from everyone, but also plays kickball on the play yard. And his students have SO much fun!
karen lyons October 11, 2012 at 07:18 AM
Mr. Kuiper from Roosevelt! He inspires and motivates the kids while being fun and creative.
Faina October 11, 2012 at 08:02 AM
Sean Kuiper, 1st grade teacher at Roosevelt Elementary, is very caring, enthusiastic and inspiring. He is utilizing many innovative ideas that keep the kids interested in school work. As my daughter said, "It's not boring to be in his class."
Karen Lawson October 11, 2012 at 01:08 PM
Sean Kuiper 1st grade teacher at Roosevelt is truly one of a kind! My older son had him last year. The way he engages the kids and teaches them is special!! He is completely dedicated to understanding each child and helps them focus on their individual needs. I'm fortunate to have a bright son...he went above and beyond to always keep him challenged and exposed him to new and great things!! (Not to mention how much fun it is for the kids to have a teacher that plays kick-ball with them!!)
Jennifer Callahan October 11, 2012 at 01:47 PM
Sean Kuiper, 1st Grade Teacher at Roosevelt, is truly a gem. Mr. K finds what motivates children. My son did not like writing so Mr. K. suggested he write stories about space heroes - so my son wrote a whole book! Mr. K challenges children way beyond the state standards and makes learning fun. During conferences he didn't just say that our son was doing well; he told us what we needed to do at home to get him ready for all the non-fiction reading he would be doing in future grades. He also cares about them after they leave his class. Last June he sent my son home with "loaner" books from his own library to read over the summer.
Anita October 11, 2012 at 01:50 PM
I nominate Mr. Kuiper Roosevelt Elementary. He is an amazing teacher who makes learning fun. He is the kind of teacher kids will remember for years. He goes above and beyond!!
Jim C October 11, 2012 at 02:52 PM
If you could build a first grade teacher from scratch and give him/her all the best qualities, Sean Kuiper from Roosevelt Elementary School is what you would end up with.
Sari McConnell October 11, 2012 at 03:56 PM
Mr Kuiper is a great teacher among great teachers at Roosevelt. It's obvious that he really gets kids. My son just loves being in his class.
Kristy LeGrande October 11, 2012 at 04:06 PM
Sean Kuiper at Roosevelt Elementary! Mr. Kuiper is a fantastic teacher who succeeds in making his classroom a fun, enriching environment where kids can grow intellectually and socially. My daughter loved her entire first grade experience!
Erika Kelly October 11, 2012 at 04:24 PM
Mr. Kuiper at Roosevelt is wonderful. At Back To School Night last year, he told all of the parents that teaching kids and having his own classroom was a dream come true. And you could tell that he meant it. That is truly a dream come true for any parent.
MDB October 11, 2012 at 05:40 PM
I would like to nominate Leslie Semple from Lincoln Elementary School. She approaches teaching with a positive attitude which spreads to her students. She gets to know her students as individuals and supports their unique learning styles creating an atmosphere of acceptance. Her thoughtful consideration truly fosters a classroom family. We are so lucky to have her at Lincoln!
Alissa W. October 11, 2012 at 08:04 PM
I would like to nominate Ms. Semple from Lincoln Elementary! She is a supportive educator that encourages her students to think big. She's amazing!
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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