Leal MS teachers honored at Barnes & Noble contest

Leal MS teachers honored at Barnes & Noble contest
Posted on 04/07/2017

Every year, Barnes & Noble invites middle school and high school students to submit an essay, a thank you letter or a poem directed toward a teacher that has made an impact in their life for the “My Favorite Teacher” contest. Two Leal MS teachers were recently recognized as finalists.

Leal MS physical education teacher Margarita Garcia is the first runner up, thanks to a letter submitted by her eighth grade student Danielle Resendiz.

“Coaches are supposed to teach us how to play a sport, but you have taught us much more about life than winning a game,” Danielle wrote. “You taught us to think about our future and the important things in life. You taught us to be respectful to our elders. But most of all, to never disappoint a person who has high hopes for us.”

Seventh grade student Emanii Younassoghlou wrote a poem about ELAR teacher Bethany Lachman who earned a spot as a second runner up.

“When I thrived, you’d praise me, making me feel as I could do anything. Even on my worst days, you would be so kind and understanding. You taught me and were one of the people in my life to shape me into the person I am now,” Emanii expressed.  

The winners are chosen based on the compelling nature of the teacher’s inspiring qualities, by the sincerity of the student’s appreciation, as well as the student’s quality of expression and writing.

Each student read their heart-felt piece to their favorite teacher during an emotional awards ceremony held at the Barnes & Noble at San Pedro Crossing on April 4. 

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