Monroe-Woodbury High School English language arts teacher Pamela Ugor has been named the local winner of the Barnes & Noble My Favorite Teacher Contest. She was nominated by 11th grade student Cory Vogel. Ugor was chosen from the many entries received by the Newburgh Barnes & Noble.
The essay by Monroe-Woodbury High School student Paul DelleRose about his Valley Central speech teacher, Catherine Sobel, received Honorable Mention.
Students and teachers were honored at an event at Barnes & Noble, 1245 Route 300, Union Avenue in Newburgh on Tuesday, April 12 at 6:00 p.m. Ugor she will receive a special award acknowledging her achievement and additional recognition and praise from the community. Vogel, who wrote the winning thank you letter, will receive a certificate of recognition and will also be recognized.
Students were invited to nominate their favorite teacher by writing essays, poems, or thank-you letters that explain how their teacher has influenced their life and reveal why they appreciate and admire him or her. Entries 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.
“We are so very proud of Cory and Ms. Ugor, as well as Mrs. Sobel and Paul. There is no greater compliment to a teacher than to know that you have had an impact on the lives of your students,” said David Bernsley, principal of Monroe-Woodbury High School.
Ugor will now be entered into the regional competition where five winners will be chosen. Each regional winner will receive a $500 Barnes & Noble Gift Card. From the pool of five regional winners, Barnes & Noble will name one teacher the Barnes & Noble National Teacher of the Year. The winning teacher will receive $5,000 and the title of Teacher of the Year. The winning student will receive a $500 Barnes & Noble Gift Card. The winner will be recognized at a special community celebration at a local Barnes & Noble store. The winning teacher’s school will receive $5,000 as well.
The Barnes & Noble My Favorite Teacher Contest provides students with the opportunity to tell their communities how much they appreciate their teachers. Students enrolled in middle or high schools in the United States are eligible to participate; and only educators employed by private or public elementary, middle, or high schools are eligible to be nominated. Awards include cash prizes for the teachers and schools, and more.
More details on the contest rules can be found at BN.com/MyFavoriteTeacher