Many of us have a favorite teacher who helped shape who we are today. The Barnes & Noble My Favorite Teacher Contest asks students to tell us in their own words (a letter, a poem or an essay) about the teacher who influenced and inspired them the most from kindergarten to now for a chance to win $5,000 for the teacher and $5,000 for the school.

Who Can Participate: High School Students age 14 years and older

Here's How It Works: Students write an essay, poem, or thank-you letter (500 words or less, in English) sharing how a teacher has influenced their life and why they appreciate and admire them. Entries were taken online or at a local Barnes & Noble store.

This contest ran for the month of February 2020. Please check back for details on future contests.

What Teachers Get: The winner of the "Barnes & Noble Teacher of the Year" award received $5,000 and the winning teacher's school received $5,000.


The contest is complete for 2020

2020 National Teacher of the Year

2020 National Teacher of the Year winner Jason Zembuch Young (right) with student Chase Dietrich (left) who wrote the 2020 winning essay. Mr. Zembuch Young received $5,000 and the title of Barnes & Noble's Teacher of the Year, and his school, South Plantation High School in South Plantation, Florida, was also awarded $5,000.