Who Can Participate: Middle and High School Students.

Here's How It Works: Students write an essay, poem, or thank-you letter (500 words or less, in English on 8.5" x 11" white paper) sharing how a teacher has influenced their life and why they appreciate and admire them. Each entry should be submitted with the entry form and a parent or legal guardian must sign the entry form acknowledging that they have read the Official Contest Rules.

Each year, participating schools will collect the essays starting in early January and provide them to their local Barnes & Noble store representative by March 2.

If your school is not participating in the contest and you would like your teacher to be considered for the local and regional award as well as the national Barnes & Noble Teacher of the Year Award, please submit your signed entry form in person or by mail to your local store. Forms must be postmarked by March 2, and can be sent to any Barnes & Noble store near you. (A complete list of stores is available here). A store representative will ensure it is entered into the pool of entries for the awards.

What Students Get: The students who author the winning essays, poems, or thank-you letters will receive a certificate of recognition and be honored at their local store during a ceremony for the winning teachers from their schools.

In addition, the Student who authors the winning essay, poem, or thank-you letter for the teacher that wins the “Barnes & Noble National Teacher of the Year” will also receive a $500 Barnes & Noble gift certificate and NOOK device.

What Teachers Get: The winning teachers will be recognized at a special event at their local Barnes & Noble store and will receive a special award acknowledging their achievement as well as additional recognition and praise from their community. The five regional winning teachers will each receive a $500 Barnes & Noble Gift Card. The winner of the "Barnes & Noble Teacher of the Year" award will receive $5,000 and will be recognized at a special event at a Barnes & Noble store. The winning teacher's school will receive $5,000 as well.

Entry Form and Official Contest Rules

2016-2017 National Teacher of the Year Awards Ceremony

First image: Barnes & Noble Store Manager Jamahl Dunn with student Randall Davidson that wrote the winning essay and winning teacher Laura Braly.
Second image: Laura Braly received $5,000 and the title of Barnes & Noble’s Teacher of the Year. Her school was also awarded $5,000.

Barnes & Noble Store Manager Jamahl Dunn with student Randall Davidson that wrote the winning essay and winning teacher Laura Braly.
Laura Braly received $5,000 and the title of Barnes & Noble’s Teacher of the Year. Her school was also awarded $5,000.