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It’s not always the Mr. Chips moments, the souls saved in “To Sir, with Love” or Anne Sullivan opening the world for Helen Keller.

Sometimes it’s the simple day-to-day, the lessons taught, the encouragement given, the gentle guiding hand through a swiftly expanding world. It’s the little and big work of teaching that will be recognized in the My Favorite Teacher contest sponsored by Barnes & Noble.

In 500 words or less, middle and high school students can nominate any teacher in grades 1 through 12, writing an essay, poem or thank-you letter highlighting how that teacher has influenced their lives and why they appreciate and admire that teacher.

Participating schools can collect the entries and submit them to the Grand Junction Barnes & Noble for consideration. Entries will be evaluated on the teacher’s qualities, the sincerity of the student’s appreciation and the quality of the expression and writing, according to Barnes & Noble.

The local winning teacher will be honored at an event at the Grand Junction Barnes & Noble, 2451 Patterson Road, where he or she will receive an award and acknowledgment of achievement. Also, the student who writes the winning entry will also be honored at the local event.

The winning teacher from the Western Slope will then move on to a regional competition, the winner of which will receive a NOOK e-reader and a $500 Barnes & Noble gift card. Regional winners will move on to the national competition, in which the winning teacher will receive $5,000, as will his or her school.

Only active teachers employed at elementary, middle or high schools in the United States are eligible for nomination. Entries must be received by March 1. For more information, go to


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