Congratulations to the San Carlos Teacher Appreciation Winner!

See which teachers across the Peninsula will be honored with volunteer hours, and our one lucky teacher who has won a $50 gift card for school supplies.

Patch is pleased to take this opportunity to recognize and reward excellent teachers in our 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!

San Carlos Patch's local winning teacher is Marilynn Vandor.  Marilynn teaches 4th grade at Arundel Middle School. Here are just a few of the comments that readers wrote in about Marilynn:

"Marilynn is very, very deserving of the award!" A.F.

"San Carlos has so many great teachers - a big reason we moved here 20 years ago - but I if have to pick one, Marilynn Vandor at Arundel immediately comes to mind. More than dedicated and caring, but also sets the right level of expecation to help each child realize their full potential. Our daughters are both in college now (one about to graduate) and they still stay in touch with Marilynn. In fact so do we. What does that tell you. Vote for Ms. Vandor!"  B.M.

Marilynn Vandor 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:

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

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

Millbrae Patch - Coryne Wong, 6th/7th grade science, Taylor Middle School


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Alicia Frangos October 13, 2012 at 06:44 PM
So excited to hear that Marilynn Vandor won!! I just wrote a quick comment when I voted, but just to add on... Not only is she a fantastic classroom teacher, she gives extra time to students who need it, motivates the highly capable students to go further, and attends many community events which involve her students. You cannot go to a high school concert, children's theater play or choral event without running into Marilynn! We all love her!
Mark L. Miller, Ph.D. October 14, 2012 at 10:30 PM
It is just nice to see teachers being appreciated. Teaching is the noblest profession and I think we are the only country in the world where educators are treated so poorly. When I have taught workshops in the far East, I realized that "Sensei" conveys a level of respect that is sorely missing here. While there are lots of challenges in educational politics, such as how to fairly assess teacher performance, I think the real challenge is how to elevate the status of this profession to ensure it becomes a sound career choice for our best and brightest. One bows before entering the dojo and students have a sacred honor to help keep the dojo clean and neat. A few steps in this direction couldn't hurt. I'm just sayin'. -- Mark.


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