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.

Millbrae 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 Millbrae who teach kindergarten through 12th grade, are eligible to win.

The local Millbrae teacher who wins the most nominations or votes will be given two hours of volunteer time by Millbrae 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 Millbrae 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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Betsy Shader October 10, 2012 at 06:07 AM
Cory Wong - 6th & 7th Grade Science Teacher, Taylor Middle School. My son had her for Science. She was an inspiration to him.
Colin Patel October 10, 2012 at 06:07 AM
Yes, Coryne Wong is really making science accessible to my son. Great teacher.
Natacha Shaw October 10, 2012 at 11:26 PM
Coryne Wong - 6th and 7th grade science at Taylor Middle School. My son LOVES her class. She makes science interesting, exciting and accessible to kids of all ability levels, from GATE to special needs. She truly loves science and her enthusiasm makes the kids excited to learn.
Danielle Dennehy October 11, 2012 at 11:47 PM
Coryne Wong Taylor Middle School. Best teacher in the world. :) She was my teacher at GATE since I started in GATE 4 years ago. At Taylor your not supposed to be able to put in teacher requests..... I did, I told Dr.Toy to please put me in her class and that I KNOW i learn the way she teaches. Prier to me requesting to be in the class, other GATE and former students (The few lucky kids who had her for sixth grade) caught on and requested her to. We all got in and I`m happy to see a ton of people who love their teacher enjoying learning.
David Supple October 24, 2012 at 02:23 AM
Coryene is a great teacher and example to the kids


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