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.
We're very excited to announce our local winners — here they are!
Pacifica Patch's local winning teacher is Jennifer McEnany of Oceana High School! McEnany teaches humanities and journalism for 11th and 12th graders.
Out of 86 votes, McEnany landed 61 of them!
"She is an amazing teacher and cares deeply about ALL of her students! She is humble, creative, funny and wise. Students and staff love her and she contributes huge amounts of time and energy to Oceana," writes Melissa Ambrose with her vote for McEnany.
McEnany has won two volunteer hours by a Patch editor, be it helping out in her classroom or anything else she needs to help make her life easier, as she has always done for her students.
And, our grand prize winner out of the 11 winning teachers from our Peninsula Patch sites is Sean Kuiper, first-grade teacher at Roosevelt Elementary in Burlingame. 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
Redwood City-Woodside Patch - Wendi Brown, special education for 3rd through 5th graders, Fair Oaks Elementary
South San Francisco Patch - Mrs. Kristi Yee, kindergarten teacher, Skyline School
Pacifica Patch - Jennifer McEnany, 11th/12th grade humanities/journalism teacher, Oceana High School
Half Moon Bay Patch - Mrs. Linda Herbert, kindergarten/1st grade teacher, Farallone View Elementary
Burlingame-Hillsborough Patch - Sean Kuiper, 1st grade teacher, Roosevelt 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