Tristaney Baker stood in front of a small crowd of well-wishers and proud educators to read her heartwarming essay aloud.
A freshman at Highland High School and recent newcomer to the school, Tristaney won Barnes & Noble’s 2016 ‘My Favorite Teacher’ essay contest with a touching letter about Highland H.S. Social Studies Teacher, Chad Williams.
“It’s humbling, flattering, a little bit, and wonderful motivation,” Williams who has been with Highland for two years stated. “I am glad to be her teacher.”
Baker, who does not consider herself as a writer just yet, shared her story of hope and finding home with the help of a sympathetic teacher who cares for those he educates. In essence, it was a story of gratitude to one who reached out to make a difference and inspire another who faced daunting challenges.
The essay is currently on display at the Polaris Barnes & Noble’s, upstairs at the entrance to the kids department. The winning essay has been sent to the next level of competition, the regional competition and from there could possibly win for Williams, a 2016 Barnes & Noble’s ‘Teacher of the Year Award’ complete with accolades and prizes.
The results will come in soon, but Trisaney has already won and is grateful for the journey so far.
“If I didn’t go to Highland, my life wouldn’t have changed,” she said.
Tristaney and Williams both took home certificates, gift bags and proof that teachers change lives and education changes the world.
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