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Do you know an A+ teacher?

Do you know a teacher who has made a positive difference in the lives of many students or made all the difference in the life of a single student?

Maybe you are a student or the parent of a student whose teacher consistently goes the extra mile to make learning meaningful, effective, interesting and enjoyable.

If so, you know a teacher who is an ideal candidate for the West Newsmagazine Teacher of the Year award – and we would like to hear from you.

Created to recognize excellence in education, the Teacher of the Year award is presented annually to one area teacher who has made a positive difference in the life of a student in the community, young or old. Eligible teachers include preschool, elementary school, high school and college/university teachers in the West Newsmagazine/West County mailing area. Nominations are open to educators at both public and private schools.

Nominating a teacher for the award is easy. Simply explain in 200 or fewer words why you believe a teacher should be recognized as the West County Teacher of the Year and submit your nomination online at www.westnewsmagazine.com no later than Monday, April 6. Submissions should outline specific experiences or special qualities that make the nominee an outstanding teacher.

Entries will be reviewed by a panel of judges representing the Teacher of the Year program sponsors, which in addition to West Newsmagazine include Busey Bank-Ballwin, Decorative Concrete Resurfacing, Dream Play Recreation, McDonald’s of Town & County and Chesterfield Valley, Sarah’s Cake Shop, Schrader Funeral Home Inc., and Three French Hens.

The winning teacher will receive a new iPad and special recognition in a future issue of West Newsmagazine.

Help us applaud a deserving teacher, and submit your nomination by Monday, April 6.

All entries will become the property of West Newsmagazine.

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