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Teacher Appreciation Award Winners

Nominated by students, these are the teachers who consistently go above and beyond to make every single day better than the last.

We're proud to be their partners.

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A Week of Celebration and Thanks

In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, we asked Paper students to tell us about teachers that go the extra mile, that inspire them, and that make their days even better, they submitted nearly 4,500 nominations for Teacher Appreciation Award winners.

Every single one of these 4,500 nominations confirmed what we always knew: that teachers aren't just great educators, they are some of the best, most caring, and kind people you could ever hope to meet.

There aren't enough hours in Teacher Appreciation Week to mention all the special, difference-making teachers we get to work with. Of the overwhelming nominations, here are the top 50. We hope that this list helps inspire you to reach out to the teachers in your life and let them know how much you appreciate them.


Ms. Benner  Winning-Teachers-badge

Tynes Elementary School
Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District


Mrs. Jones Winning-Teachers-badge

Santiago Elementary School (6-8)
Santa Ana Unified School District


Miss SanchezWinning-Teachers-badge

Double Peak School
San Marcos Unified School District


Mr. Cazeau  Winning-Teachers-badge

Canyon Rim Elementary
Orange Unified School District


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Mr. McCann

Yorba Linda High School
Placentia-Yorba Linda USD, CA

What I wish most for my students is that they always remember to find the joy in music for the rest of their lives. I hope they will continue singing so that THEY can spread the joy of music to others as I have given to them.

Mr. PughWinning-Teachers-badge

San Dimas High School
Bonita Unified School District


Ms. MunozWinning-Teachers-badge

Kraemer Middle School
Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District


Mrs. MokhtariWinning-Teachers-badge

Hewes Middle School
Tustin Unified School District


Mr. AlvarezWinning-Teachers-badge

Murrieta Mesa High School
Murrieta Valley Unified School District


Mrs. HamamuraWinning-Teachers-badge

Pioneer Middle School
Tustin Unified School District


Mr. SokoloffWinning-Teachers-badge

Canyon Rim Elementary School
Orange Unified School District


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Mrs. Rasic

Golden Elementary School
Placentia-Yorba Linda USD, CA

If I have to narrow down what I love about teaching to one thing, I would have to say it's the students. Each year's class brings a different personality to our room and it is so fun to watch them grow throughout the year.

Mr. ShenWinning-Teachers-badge

Bernardo Yorba Middle School
Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District


Mr. MarshWinning-Teachers-badge

Oak Avenue Intermediate School
Temple City Unified School District


Ms. GhishanWinning-Teachers-badge

Carlmont High School
Sequioa Union High School District


Mr. GuillenWinning-Teachers-badge

Franklin Elementary School
Santa Barbara Unified School District


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Mrs. Voge

Buena Vista Virtual Academy
Placentia-Yorba Linda USD, CA

“I love finding ways in which every student feels they have a voice and choice in learning.”

Ms. LenssWinning-Teachers-badge

Sunnymead Middle School
Moreno Valley Unified School District


Mr. McGregorWinning-Teachers-badge

Eisenhower High School
Yakima School District 7


Ms. MunozWinning-Teachers-badge

Mendez Fundamental Intermediate School
Santa Ana Unified School District


Mrs. WagstaffWinning-Teachers-badge

Hewes Middle School
Tustin Unified School District


Mrs. Del RioWinning-Teachers-badge

Palm Middle School
Moreno Valley Unified School District


Mrs. BavierWinning-Teachers-badge

Palm Middle School
Moreno Valley Unified School District


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Mrs. Ricotta

Brookhaven Elementary School
Placentia-Yorba Linda USD, CA

“I wish for my students to be excited about learning, knowing that it means overcoming obstacles along the way.

Mrs. Tammie AhoWinning-Teachers-badge

Travis Ranch Elementary School
Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District


Mr. ZietlowWinning-Teachers-badge

Mabel Paine Elementary School
Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District


Mrs. SmithWinning-Teachers-badge

Discovery Lab
Yakima School District 7


Mrs. SobschakWinning-Teachers-badge

Buena Vista Virtual Academy
Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District


Mr. VegaWinning-Teachers-badge

Valencia High School
Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District


Mrs. ConzonireWinning-Teachers-badge

Emperor Elementary School
Temple City Unified School District


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Ms. Kerns

Discovery Lab
Yakima School District 7

I love seeing the joy and excitement on my students faces when they get excited about learning science!

Mr. McFaddenWinning-Teachers-badge

Franklin Middle School
Yakima School District 7


Ms. UrizarWinning-Teachers-badge

Carr Intermediate School
Santa Ana Unified School District


Mrs. MarxWinning-Teachers-badge

Cerro Villa Middle School
Orange Unified School District


Mr. PerkinsWinning-Teachers-badge

Orchards Hills Middle School
Tustin Unified School District


Ms. HamiltonWinning-Teachers-badge

Pacific Middle School
Highline Public Schools


Ms. DouglasWinning-Teachers-badge

Hewes Middle School
Tustin Unified School District


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Ms. Ferris

Thurston High School
South Redford School District

My wish for my students is that they can look back and know someone cared about them and their education. I want the 4 years they spent in high school to be a source of positive experiences that they can draw on throughout their lives.

Ms. ConnellWinning-Teachers-badge

Hemet High School
Hemet Unified School District


Mr. PlunkettWinning-Teachers-badge

Travis Ranch Middle School
Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District


Ms. DooWinning-Teachers-badge

Orchards Hills Middle School
Tustin Unified School District


Ms. NelsonWinning-Teachers-badge

Adams Elementary School
Santa Barbara Unified School District


Mrs. GuerraWinning-Teachers-badge

Day Creak Intermediate School
Etiwanda School District


Ms. BenoitWinning-Teachers-badge

Eisenhower High School
Yakima School District 7


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Ms. Horning

Citrus Hill High School
Val Verde Unified School District

My students are such good kids, and they really have been doing their best. I appreciate their attitudes and willingness to keep showing up this year, even though it can be so hard at times.

Mrs. LennonWinning-Teachers-badge

Etiwanda High School
Chaffey Joint Union High School District


Ms. WoodsWinning-Teachers-badge

Foothill Middle School
Azusa Unified School District


Mrs. Camarena Winning-Teachers-badge

Slauson Middle School
Azusa Unified School District


Mrs. PyoWinning-Teachers-badge

Richland Elementary School
Richland School District


Mr. DheritWinning-Teachers-badge

Larry J. Macaluso Elementary
Red Lion Area School District


Ms. BuckettWinning-Teachers-badge

Crescent Elementary School
Orange Unified School District



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