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.
Millbrae Patch's local winning teacher is Coryne Wong of Taylor Middle School. She teaches sixth and seventh grade science.
Here are just a few of the comments that readers wrote in about Wong:
"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." - Natcha Shaw
"Yes, Coryne Wong is really making science accessible to my son. Great teacher." - Colin Patel
"Cory Wong - 6th & 7th Grade Science Teacher, Taylor Middle School. My son had her for Science. She was an inspiration to him." - Betsy Shader
Wong 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 13 winning teachers from our 13 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
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
Burlingame-Hillsborough Patch - Sean Kuiper, 1st grade teacher, Roosevelt Elementary
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