Barnes & Noble picks teacher of the year

Barnes & Noble has named Janet Hooton-Racine from Stratford High School the local winner of the Barnes & Noble My Favorite Teacher Contest.
Hooton-Racine was chosen from 125 entries at the Barnes & Noble in Milford.
Hooton-Racine was nominated by Zane Carey. Students were invited to nominate their favorite teacher by writing essays, poems, or thank-you letters that explain how their teacher has influenced their life and reveal why they appreciate and admire him or her. 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.
Hooton-Racine will be recognized at an event at the Milford Barnes & Noble where she will receive a special award acknowledging her achievement.
Zane, who wrote the winning essay, will receive a certificate of recognition and will be honored at the Milford store during the ceremony, set for Friday, April 17 at 6:30 p.m. The school will host a book fair fundraiser that evening and a portion of sales will be donated to Stratford High School’s media center and music department. Music students will perform at 7 p.m.
Hooton-Racine will now be entered into the regional competition where five winners will be chosen. Each regional winner will receive a $500 Barnes & Noble Gift Card.
From the pool of five 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 Teacher of the Year. 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 as well.