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COLUMBUS, Ohio (February 4, 2014) - Hundreds of educators from across the country, inspired by a teacher from their past, wrote essays telling their story about why they pursued a career in education. The judges chose five winning essays for Zaner-Bloser’s Which Teacher Inspired Your Future? Contest.
In one winning essay, Lydia Gilbert wrote about her favorite teacher, Sheila VerNoy, continuing to work and show courage to her students despite being diagnosed with cancer.
“Mrs. VerNoy always maintained a high level of professionalism even while dealing with cancer,” said Gilbert, an elementary school counselor in Bogota, New Jersey. “She always modeled what she wanted us to be with a great sense of sincerity because that’s what teaching is about— loyalty, integrity, and honor.”
Each winner receives one of five $1,000 school grants.
“We received so many wonderful essays that showed how educators can have a profound and lasting impact on their students,” said Bob Page, president of Zaner-Bloser.
Teachers, principals, and administrators across the country in grades K–12 were eligible to write and submit an original essay for the contest. The essays were judged on originality, inspiration, and style.
“With so many excellent entries, judging was a difficult process,” said Page. “We want to thank all those who participated in the contest and to congratulate the winners whose essays were chosen. We felt they most effectively conveyed the power of educators to truly inspire their students.”
The winning essays can be viewed at http://www.whichteacherinspiredyourfuturecontest.com/
The five contest winners include:
Zaner-Bloser, a wholly owned subsidiary of Highlights for Children celebrating 125 years of experience in education this year, is an educational curricula and digital resources provider in language arts/literacy, 21st century learning, and social-emotional learning. Zaner-Bloser provides flexible solutions and services that improve results and inspire students to become lifelong learners and is committed to meeting schools’ needs today—and in the future.