Industry News | April 25, 2012

Panera Wants to Know: Who Is the Top Teacher?

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Panera Bread announces Panera's Top Teachers video contest. Students are encouraged to submit nominations for outstanding teachers at PaneraTopTeachers.com from April 6May 1

Winners will be announced during National Teacher Appreciation Week, May 7-11, 2012. Panera's Top Teachers aims to support local schools, as part of Panera Bread's dedication to supporting local communities.

Students ranging from preschool through 12th grade may upload a short video – one minute or less – to PaneraTopTeachers.com, explaining why their teacher deserves to be one of Panera's Top Teachers.

Students may also submit a 100–200 word essay. Teachers must demonstrate leadership in the community, be honest, genuine, warm, and welcoming, as well as present fresh, innovative, and creative ideas to their students.

The community is encouraged to visit www.PaneraTopTeachers.com to vote for and share links of their favorite video or essay submission.

Voting is open from April 6–May 4. To help a teacher's entry gain additional exposure and votes, participants are encouraged to engage Facebook, Twitter and YouTube in their efforts, and to "Like" Panera Bread on Facebook.

Three Grand Prize winning teachers from the Denver area, along with their nominating students, will each be awarded with a new 16GB Tablet.

Additionally, the winning teachers' schools will receive a $1,000 grant, and the teachers will receive a $100 Panera Bread gift card and a bagel breakfast for their entire classroom.

"Teachers are truly unsung heroes, and we encourage students to recognize their Top Teachers in this fun, fresh and creative contest," says Craig Flom, President, Breads of the World, franchisee of Panera Bread.

"As an organization focused on community, Panera Bread is proud to honor Denver teachers, who are every day sources of strength and inspiration in our schools."

Winning video and essay submissions are based on contest qualifications and number of votes, and are divided into three categories: Preschool–3, 4–8 and 9–12.

Additionally, every student who enters will receive a coupon for a FREE freshly baked bagel (valid during Teacher Appreciation Week, May 7-11, 2012).

Teachers who visit PaneraTopTeachers.com and enter their information will receive a coupon for a FREE freshly baked bagel and brewed coffee, also valid during Teacher Appreciation Week.

Breads of the World, LLC, Panera Bread's local franchisee, operates 29 Colorado bakery-cafes. For more information and bakery-cafe locations, visit Panera-Colorado.com.

Comments

Throughout ten years at Lourdes, I have had many different teachers with different methods and personalities. All of them are great at what they do, but my favorite would have to be Mrs. Simic.Mrs. Simic teaches English, Reading, Spelling, and Social Studies. She is an overall fun teacher to have. She talks with us and jokes around, but also gets down to the point. Her lessons always include other materials music, excerpts, quotes, documentaries, photos, etc. that make classes more interesting than reading out of the book. She may give us harder work to challenge us, but it prepares us for high school and she knows we are capable if we put our minds to it.My favorite subject is Social Studies. It never used to be up until this year, I never understood a word of it. This year was when it finally clicked. Once we read a lesson in our books, the next day Mrs. Simic spends the class period discussing what happened and making sense of it all. She explains each event and shows us how everything ties together and affects the future.

Throughout ten years at Lourdes, I have had many different teachers with different methods and personalities. All of them are great at what they do, but my favorite would have to be Mrs. Simic.Mrs. Simic teaches English, Reading, Spelling, and Social Studies. She is an overall fun teacher to have. She talks with us and jokes around, but also gets down to the point. Her lessons always include other materials music, excerpts, quotes, documentaries, photos, etc. that make classes more interesting than reading out of the book. She may give us harder work to challenge us, but it prepares us for high school and she knows we are capable if we put our minds to it.My favorite subject is Social Studies. It never used to be up until this year, I never understood a word of it. This year was when it finally clicked. Once we read a lesson in our books, the next day Mrs. Simic spends the class period discussing what happened and making sense of it all. She explains each event and shows us how everything ties together and affects the future.

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