Patch has been very happy to take this opportunity to recognize and reward excellent teachers in our local community with our recent "Teacher Appreciation Contest."
Thank you to everyone who nominated your favorite teachers, took time out to tell us why they are so extraordinary, and voted for them in the comments.
Also, congratulations to all teachers who were nominated for all of their dedication and hard work.
We're very excited to announce our local winner - here he is!
Burlingame-Hillsborough Patch's local winning teacher is Sean Kuiper of Roosevelt Elementary School. He teaches first grade.
Here are just a few of the comments that readers wrote in about Mr. Kuiper:
"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." - Cathleen Pearson
"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." - Eric Bohren
"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!!)" - Karen Lawson
"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." - Jim C.
Kuiper has won two volunteer hours by a Patch editor, be it helping out in his classroom or anything else he needs to help make his life easier, as he has always done for his students.
But that's not all. Kuiper is also the grand prize winner out of the 13 winning teachers from our 13 Peninsula Patch sites. Congratulations to Mr. Kuiper, who has won a $50 gift card to his favorite school supply store, in addition to winning two hours of volunteer time from a Patch editor.
Here are the teachers across the Peninsula who won our contest on their respective hometown Patch sites:
Menlo Park-Atherton Patch - Katie Williams, Willow Oaks Elementary
Palo Alto Patch - Flora Yang, 2nd grade teacher, Brentwood Academy in East Palo Alto
South San Francisco Patch - Mrs. Kristi Yee, kindergarten teacher, Skyline School
Pacifica Patch - Jennifer McEnany, 11th/12th grade journalism teacher, Oceana High School
Half Moon Bay Patch - Mrs. Linda Herbert, kindergarten/1st grade teacher, Farallone View Elementary
Millbrae Patch - Coryne Wong, 6th/7th grade science, Taylor Middle School
San Carlos Patch - Marilynn Vandor, 4th grade teacher, Arundel Elementary
Foster City/San Mateo Patch - Mrs. Thompson, 1st grade teacher, Brewer Island Elementary
Belmont Patch - Kristin Pfeifer, choral director, Notre Dame High School