Barnes & Noble Names Gina Wilson National Winner of the “My Favorite Teacher
Contest” and “Teacher of the Year”
Stamford, CT, Educator Receives Kudos from Student, Awarded $10,000 to Share
with Rogers International School
NEW YORK -- May 2, 2013
Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the leading retailer of content, digital
media and educational products, today announced that Gina Wilson from Rogers
International School in Stamford, CT, has been named the national winner and
“Teacher of the Year” in the “Barnes & Noble My Favorite Teacher Contest.”
Mrs. Wilson was nominated by her former student, Santia René, and was chosen
from more than 7,500 entries at Barnes & Noble stores nationwide.
Students were invited to nominate their favorite teacher by writing essays,
poems or thank-you letters that share how their teacher has influenced their
life and why they appreciate and admire their teacher. Entries were accepted
at Barnes & Noble stores, and were judged on the compelling nature of the
teacher’s qualities, the sincerity of the student’s appreciation and the
quality of expression and writing.
“The Barnes & Noble ‘My Favorite Teacher Contest’ recognizes thousands of
teachers throughout the country each year, celebrating their dedication to
their students and ability to inspire,” said Sarah DiFrancesco, Director of
Business Development for Barnes & Noble. “We’re pleased to present our highest
honor – The Barnes & Noble National Teacher of the Year award – to Gina
Wilson, who truly embodies these qualities as described in the touching essay
we received from Santia René.”
Along with the title of “Teacher of the Year,” Mrs. Wilson will receive $5,000
and will be recognized at a special community celebration at her local Barnes
& Noble store in Stamford, CT. Mrs. Wilson’s school will also receive $5,000.
The Barnes & Noble My Favorite Teacher program provides middle and high
students with the opportunity to tell their communities how much they
appreciate their teachers. Teachers from Grades 1-12 are eligible for
nomination. Awards for local and regional winners included prizes for the
teachers, NOOK^® Tablets and more.
The My Favorite Teacher Contest runs from September to March. Details on the
contest rules can be found at www.bn.com/myfavoriteteacher.
About Barnes & Noble, Inc.
Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE:BKS) is a Fortune 500 company and the leading
retailer of content, digital media and educational products. The company
operates 677 Barnes & Noble bookstores in 50 states, and one of the Web’s
largest e-commerce sites, BN.com (www.bn.com). Its NOOK Media LLC subsidiary
is a leader in the emerging digital reading and digital education markets. The
NOOK digital business offers award-winning NOOK® products and an expansive
collection of digital reading and entertainment content through the NOOK
Store™ (www.nook.com), while Barnes & Noble College Booksellers, LLC operates
678 bookstores serving over 4.6 million students and faculty members at
colleges and universities across the United States. Barnes & Noble is proud to
be named a J.D. Power and Associates 2012 Customer Service Champion and is
only one of 50 U.S. companies so named. Barnes & Noble.com is ranked the
number one online retailer in customer satisfaction in the book, music and
video category and a Top 10 online retailer overall in customer satisfaction
according to ForeSee E-Retail Satisfaction Index (Spring Top 100 Edition).
General information on Barnes & Noble, Inc. can be obtained via the Internet
by visiting the company's corporate website: www.barnesandnobleinc.com.
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