March 30, 2017
Dean Middle School seventh-grade math teacher Diem Tran reacts as classroom visitors surprise her with the news that she won the local Barnes & Noble My Favorite Teacher Contest on March 24.
March 30, 2017—Diem Tran, seventh-grade math teacher at Dean Middle School, was awarded the local Barnes & Noble My Favorite Teacher Contest winner during a surprise classroom visit on March 24.
Lillian Reitz, community business development manager for Barnes & Noble Champions, delivered the news to Tran along with Dean administrators and the students who wrote nominating essays.
“You are obviously very well-respected and well-loved,” Reitz said to Tran. “Congratulations, because our store honors you as our favorite teacher.”
Dean students who submitted essays on behalf of local Barnes & Noble My Favorite Teacher Contest winner Diem Tran showcase certificates of appreciation. Pictured, from left, are Corin Henderson, student; Lillian Reitz, Barnes & Noble Champions community business development manager; Kaitlen Hanham, student; Diem Tran, teacher; and Matthew Pearson, Nicole Bock and Steisy Cisneros, students.
Seventh-grade student Kaitlen Hanham authored the winning essay, which was required to be 500 words or less and describe how a teacher influenced students’ lives and why they appreciate and admire them.
Hanham and other students who submitted essays read them aloud in front of Tran and classmates.
“You have motivated me to work hard. You have stayed long days so I could have a better grade, be an excellent student and be a role model to my peers,” Hanham said, reciting the essay. “Maybe one day we can teach the people around us to be role models just like you taught all of us.
Dean seventh-grade student Kaitlen Hanham reads the winning essay that Barnes & Noble Champions selected to represent its store in the My Favorite Teacher Contest on March 24.
“You make us love math because of the way you teach us,” Hanham continued. “You make the class fun and exciting. The best thing about being a student is connecting with your teachers and having them there for you when you need them.”
Hanham and fellow essay writers earned certificates of recognition, and Hanham will be honored at the Champions store during an upcoming ceremony for Tran. Students who author the winning essay for the teacher that wins Barnes & Noble National Teacher of the Year will also receive a $500 Barnes & Noble gift certificate and Nook device.
Lillian Reitz, Barnes & Noble Champions community business development manager, congratulates Dean seventh-grade teacher Diem Tran on winning the local My Favorite Teacher Contest on March 24.
Tran is now eligible for the regional My Favorite Teacher Award. The five regional winning teachers will each receive a $500 Barnes & Noble gift card. The lone national winner will receive $5,000 for him or herself as well as the school, and be recognized at a special event at a Barnes & Noble store.
“Thank you so much for writing these essays,” Tran told her students. “Hearing it from you made it harder for me to keep it all together emotionally. I thought it was so thoughtful and meaningful.”