Congratulations to the Belmont Teacher Appreciation Winner!

See which teachers across the Peninsula will be honored with volunteer hours, and our one lucky teacher who has won a $50 gift card for school supplies.

Patch is pleased to take this opportunity to recognize and reward excellent teachers in our community with our recent "Teacher Appreciation Contest."

Thank you to everyone who nominated your favorite teachers, took time out to tell us why they are so extraordinary, and voted for them in the comments.

We're very excited to announce our local winners - here they are!

Belmont Patch's local winning teacher is Kristin Pfeifer, choral director at Notre Dame High School. Here are just a few of the comments that readers wrote in about Kristin:

"I'd like to nominate Kristin Pfeifer of Notre Dame High School and Notre Dame Elementary. She teaches music (specifically chorus and orchestra) to 6-12 grade students. She is an absolute dynamo!" S.W.

"I second the nomination for Kristin Pfeifer from Notre Dame High School. She is a fantastic music teacher and she really goes above and beyond for her students, the school and the community." K.S.

"I would like to nominate Kristen Pfeifer from Notre Dame High School in Belmont. She is incredible at what she does and always makes me smile. She has been an inspiration since my arrival at Notre Dame and has made these past four years incredible. She is so talented and loving! I could not have asked for a better teacher!" E.H.

Kristin Pfeifer has won two volunteer hours by a Patch editor, be it helping out in her classroom or anything else she needs to help make her life easier, as she has always done for her students.

And, our grand prize winner out of the 13 winning teachers from our 13 Peninsula Patch sites is Sean Kuiper, first-grade teacher at Roosevelt Elementary in Burlingame. Congratulations to Mr. Kuiper, who has won a $50 gift card to his favorite school supply store, in addition to winning two hours of volunteer time from a Patch editor.

Here are the teachers across the Peninsula who won our contest on their respective hometown Patch sites:

Belmont Patch - Kristin Pfeifer, choral director, Notre Dame High School

San Carlos Patch - Marilynn Vandor, 4th grade teacher, Arundel Elementary

Foster City/San Mateo Patch - Mrs. Thompson, 1st grade teacher, Brewer Island Elementary

Menlo Park-Atherton Patch - Katie Williams, Willow Oaks Elementary

Palo Alto Patch - Flora Yang, 2nd grade teacher, Brentwood Academy in East Palo Alto

South San Francisco Patch - Mrs. Kristi Yee, kindergarten teacher, Skyline School

Pacifica Patch - Jennifer McEnany, 11th/12th grade journalism teacher, Oceana High School

Half Moon Bay Patch - Mrs. Linda Herbert, kindergarten/1st grade teacher, Farallone View Elementary

Burlingame-Hillsborough Patch - Sean Kuiper, 1st grade teacher, Roosevelt Elementary

Millbrae Patch - Coryne Wong, 6th/7th grade science, Taylor Middle School


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