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I remember her fifty years later.

February 23, 2012 posted by Sharra Weasler

When we asked you to tell us what it means to be a great teacher in six words, 28,000 of you responded with heartfelt, inspiring and personal essays. Now that your 100,000 votes have been tallied, we have a winner!

Congratulations to our Grand Prize winner, Cullen A. from Indiana, who just won an iPad2 and a $500 gift certificate to DonorsChoose. Cullen’s simple but powerful statement which recognizes the lasting impact teachers have on the lives of their students really resonated with our members. You can read about Miss Chase -- the English teacher whose dedication continues to inspire her student a half century later -- in our previous blog about the stories behind the essays.

I remember her fifty years later.

With so many fantastic entries, the contest was really close. We would also like to congratulate our 5 runners-up who will each receive a $100 gift certificate from DonorsChoose to support classrooms in need:

"They doubted, you believed, I succeeded." -- Phillip J., Wisconsin

"Selflessly dedicated to someone else's success." -- Amanda W., Nevada

"Teachers hold the ladders students climb." -- Rebecca H., Pennsylvania

"All thirty students raised their hand." -- William S., Washington

"Spark interest. Ignite curiosity. Fuel dreams." -- Jackie K., Texas

See the full list of semi-finalists.

And I’d like to give a special shout out to my personal favorite – “Point out the stars. Provide rockets.” by Adam L. from Illinois. As a former science teacher, I love the imagery!

Last, thank you to the over 25K members who cast over 100K votes to pick our winning essay. We drew 6 names who will each receive a $50 gift certificate to DonorsChoose:

  • Suzanne from Stockton, CA
  • Ruth from New Oxford, PA
  • Abby from Columbus, OH
  • Maria from Corona, CA
  • Susan from Briarwood, NY
  • Hellen from San Jose, CA