Barnes & Noble Celebrates Teachers with Ninth Annual “My Favorite Teacher Contest”

High School Students Can Nominate Their Favorite K-12 Teachers for
the “Barnes & Noble National Teacher of the Year” Award

National Winner and Their School to Split $10,000 in Cash Prizes

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the world’s largest retail
bookseller, today announced the launch of the 2019 “Barnes
& Noble My Favorite Teacher Contest
,” which provides high school
students with the opportunity to share their appreciation for their
teachers with their local communities. Now in its ninth year, the
contest is launching on Valentine’s Day to give students the opportunity
to show love and appreciation to their teachers.

“We love teachers at Barnes & Noble because we understand the importance
of the work they do to empower future generations to be happy and
successful,” said Tracy Vidakovich, Vice President, Business Development
for Barnes & Noble. “Our annual My Favorite Teacher Contest provides
students with an opportunity to honor the teachers who have made a big
impact on their lives, and we can’t wait to read the submissions that
we’ll receive from all across the country.”

High school students can nominate K-12 teachers starting today,
Valentine’s Day, through March 14, 2019, by writing essays, poems or
thank-you letters detailing how much their teachers have impacted their
lives and why they appreciate them.* Entries will be collected online
only at,
and will be judged on the compelling nature of the teacher’s inspiring
qualities, the sincerity of the student’s appreciation and the quality
of expression and writing. Only high school students 14 or older at the
time of entry and active teachers employed by elementary, middle or high
schools in the United States are eligible to win.

The “Barnes & Noble National Teacher of the Year” will receive $5,000,
and their school will receive an additional $5,000. The award recipient
will also be recognized at a special community celebration at their
local Barnes & Noble store. The student who writes the national winning
essay, poem or thank-you letter will win a $100 Barnes & Noble Gift Card.

Last year’s winner, Lem Andrews, a post-secondary advisor from Booker
High School in Sarasota, FL, who was nominated by former student Ellen
Bausback, had this to say about winning: “It’s truly an honor to be
recognized by Barnes & Noble as Teacher of the Year. Out of the hundreds
of students you work with, to have one that’s inspired enough to write
something about you is a reward like no other.”

Barnes & Noble continuously displays its appreciation for educators
everywhere through Educator Appreciation Days throughout the year that
provide educators with special discounts, personalized service, in-store
events, bookfairs, store tours for students and teachers and, since
2010, through the My Favorite Teacher Contest.

The Barnes & Noble My Favorite Teacher Contest submission period begins
today and ends on March 14, 2019. High school students who want to
participate must submit their entry to
by 11:59 PM on March 14.

Customers should visit
for complete details and official My Favorite Teacher Contest rules.

The Barnes & Noble My Favorite Teacher Contest is subject to all
applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations, including but
not limited to laws related to eligibility to receive prizes. The winner
must also comply with their employer’s rules, regulations and policies
on accepting prizes.

*Entries must be in English and cannot exceed 500 words. See
for complete details and official rules.

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in 50 states, and one of the Web’s premier e-commerce sites, (
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Mary Ellen Keating
Senior Vice President
Barnes & Noble, Inc.
(212) 633-3323

Alex Ortolani
Corporate Communications
Barnes &
Noble, Inc.
(212) 633-3379

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