Kelly McGushin, 2nd grade teacher at Cambridge Lakes Charter School in Pingree Grove, has been named the local winner of the “Barnes & Noble My Favorite Teacher Contest.” Ms. McGushin was chosen from 29 candidates by the Barnes & Noble store in West Dun
Updated: May 30, 2012 8:13AM
WEST DUNDEE — Kelly McGushin, second-grade teacher at Cambridge Lakes Charter School in Pingree Grove, has been named the local winner of the “Barnes & Noble My Favorite Teacher Contest.”
McGushin was chosen from 29 candidates by the Barnes & Noble store in West Dundee. She was nominated by third-grade student Colin Wrobel.
“I was completely shocked and honored by this award, McGushin said. “There are classrooms filled at Cambridge Lakes with stories like this, but I was fortunate enough to have a great young boy take the time to put his story in a letter. Colin is a wonderful boy with a very bright future ahead of him. Sometimes it takes moments like this to remind us of why we go into this profession and what a wonderful influence we can have on these children.”
Barnes & Noble Inc. a top retailer of content, digital media and educational products, said McGushin was chosen from 29 entries at the Barnes & Noble at 1468 Spring Hill Mall Blvd.
Students were invited to nominate their teacher by writing essays, poems or thank-you letters that share how their teacher has influenced their life and why they appreciate and admire their teacher.
Entries were judged on the compelling nature of the teacher’s qualities, the sincerity of the student’s appreciation and the quality of expression and writing.
McGushin was recognized at an event last week at the Barnes & Noble Spring Hill Mall store, where she received a special award acknowledging her achievement, a set of Sterling Classics books for personal or classroom library, and additional recognition and praise from the community. Also, Colin received a certificate of recognition. The awards coincided with their Cambridge Lakes Bookfair Fundraiser that night at the store.
McGushin will now be entered into the regional competition where six winners will be chosen. Each regional winner will receive a NOOK ColoreReader and a $500 Barnes & Noble Gift Card.
From the pool of six regional winners, Barnes & Noble will name one teacher the “Barnes & Noble National Teacher of the Year.” The winning teacher will receive $5,000 and the title of “My Favorite Teacher.” The winner will be recognized at a special community celebration at a local Barnes & Noble store. The winning teacher’s school will receive $5,000. The winner also will receive five copies of the winning essay published in hardcover by Tikatok.com, the site where students create and publish their own books, and a $250 Tikatok gift card that will allow the teacher to publish select stories written by students in their class.
“I don’t think there’s a greater compliment a teacher can get than one from a student, I am truly honored,” McGushin said. “A teacher’s wish is to help make a difference in a child’s life. I am truly appreciative for Colin giving me such a beautiful compliment.”
The Barnes & Noble My Favorite Teacher program provides students with the opportunity to tell their communities how much they appreciate their teachers. Teachers from grades one through 12 were eligible for nomination. Awards include cash prizes for the teachers and schools, NOOK eReaders and more.
Only students enrolled in grades one through 12 and teachers employed in elementary, middle or high schools in the United States are eligible to win. More details on the contest rules can be found at www.bn.com/myfavoriteteacher.