We can all admit that the 2020-2021 school year has been a doozy! Almost every industry has had to adapt to a new way of working, especially our teachers to whom we owe so much. Whether through in-person or online classes, your first year of school or your last, teachers have worked unbelievably hard to create safe and happy classrooms through this challenging and crazy time. At Barnes & Noble we value the teachers in our communities and are indebted to them for embracing learners and creating new generations of readers. Just like you, we wouldn’t be who we are without them.

We are proud to offer a way for students to publicly thank those teachers for whom they have so much gratitude through our My Favorite Teacher program.

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

Here's How It Works: Students submit an essay, poem or thank you letter (500 words or less) honoring either a past or current teacher and tell us how they’ve influenced your life and set you up on a path for success.

*Entries can be submitted online only.

Contest Length: This contest is open for submissions during the month of March, from 3/1-3/31.

Prizes: Both the winning teacher and the school where they work will receive a $5,000 prize. The student who writes the winning entry will receive a $500 Barnes & Noble gift card.


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