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New Jersey Teacher Accused of Sexually Assaulting Three Students

New Jersey Teacher Accused of Sexually Assaulting Three Students

Originally posted 09/19/2014 07:15PM

According to her longtime neighbor, Nicole Dufault seemed like "just an average mom going to work."

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Jill Biden Cheers PEOPLE/MLB's 30 All-Star Teachers

Jill Biden Pays Tribute to PEOPLE/MLB's 30 All-Star Teachers at All-Star Game

Originally posted 07/15/2014 07:50PM

Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden and an English teacher, joined in the celebration Tuesday in Minneapolis to cheer PEOPLE and Major League Baseball's 30 All-Star Teachers.

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Do You Know an Outstanding Teacher? Send Him or Her to the All-Star Game!

Do You Know an Outstanding Teacher? Send Him or Her to the All-Star Game!

Originally posted 03/10/2014 02:40PM

She's taught your son to read and write; he's chaperoned your daughter on field trips and helped shape her into the person she is today. Don't you think your child's teacher deserves a little extra-special recognition?

You're in luck, because today marks the start of Major League Baseball, Target and PEOPLE's "All-Star Teachers" program, which honors current and retired teachers around the country for their service to schoolchildren.

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Meet People's 2013 Teachers of the Year

UpdatePosted 10/18/2013 12:00PM

Meet People's 2013 Teachers of the Year

Originally posted 10/16/2013 08:00AM

For the second year in a row, PEOPLE editors, along with an advisory board of education professionals, have read through a mountain of inspiring applications for the annual Teacher of the Year Award. And it was no easy feat – there are a lot of amazing teachers out there!

The six winning entries featured teachers who make learning an adventure. With creativity and heart, and some sacrifices of their own, they're helping their students succeed. And as musician and education activist John Legend, a member of PEOPLE's advisory board, said, "These incredible teachers are changing the lives of their students and paving the way for a new generation of American leaders."

We are pleased to announce the class of 2013:

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Heroes Among Us: These First-Graders Send Get Well Cards to Thousands of Strangers

Heroes Among Us

Barb Bratvold's First-Graders Send Get Well Cards to Thousands of Strangers

Originally posted 09/26/2013 12:00PM

One week after Donna O'Malley's 23-year-old son died last February, the retired Montevideo, Minn., nursing-home worker found a large manila envelope stuffed inside her mailbox.

Inside were 15 handmade sympathy cards from a group of first-graders O'Malley had never met.

"We're so sorry about your loss," read one card in a crooked scrawl, covered with pink and purple hearts.

"We care about you," read another, embellished with rainbows and a smiling sun.

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Vote now for PEOPLE's Teacher of the Year Award!

Pick a PEOPLE Teacher of the Year!

Originally posted 08/17/2013 05:15PM

Just in time for back-to-school season ... PEOPLE editors have chosen six candidates – and now it's up to you to decide which one should win one of our People Teacher of the Year awards. CLICK HERE TO VOTE!

All six are inspiring, dedicated educators who are making a difference in their students' lives. They are:

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Do You Rock the Schoolhouse? Enter the Search for PEOPLE's Teachers of the Year

PEOPLE's First Teachers of the Year: How Their Lives Changed

Originally posted 05/16/2013 04:20PM

It's been seven months since PEOPLE named its first class of Teachers of the Year. But for the winners, says Chicago's Rauner College Prep band director Robert Vega, the effects, are "still continuing. "

Along with a memorable phone call from Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel – "He asked me how many students I taught. I told him 350 and he chuckled," says Vega – he's had virtually non-stop calls, as well as requests from local TV and newspapers to talk about getting all those kids to play instruments. It's given him a welcomed platform: "Every single interview I give I'm pushing for why we need music in schools."

Think you could be among the next class? Apply by June 7 for the 2013 Teacher of the Year search by downloading an application.

Like Vega, the other four Teachers of the Year each received $1,000 and their schools were awarded $4,000. At Vega's urging, Rauner used its winnings to fund a teacher, props and materials for an after-school theater program. PEOPLE caught up with him and the others to find out how they are putting their wins to work for the kids to whom they are so devoted.

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John Legend Celebrates Teachers Who 'Really Care' in N.Y.C. | John Legend

UpdatePosted 10/11/2012 06:00AM

John Legend Celebrates Teachers Who 'Really Care' in N.Y.C.

Originally posted 10/11/2012 11:15AM

Extraordinary people!

Grammy-award winner John Legend honored the five winners of PEOPLE's 2012 Teacher of the Year awards at a luncheon at the Time Life building in New York on Wednesday. 

The five winners are Libby Curran, a special education teacher in Newport, N.H., Robert Vega, a music teacher at Rauner College Prep in Chicago, Jennifer Bohn, who teaches leadership at Evans High School in Orlando, Fla., Brian Copes, a pre-engineering teacher at Calera High School in Calera, Ala., and Arwen Imai Matthews, a science teacher at KIPP 3D Academy in Houston, were celebrated for their innovation in and out of the classroom.

The winners and their guests dined on watercress, candied walnut and goat cheese salad, herb roasted chicken with whipped potatoes, caramelized onions and sautéed Swiss chard and vanilla apple crisp with Chantilly créme.

"I am so inspired by the work of the teachers we honored. Having great teachers is the single most important factor in giving our kids a great education, and it's crucial that we recognize and reward the excellent work teachers do and give them the tools they need to succeed," Legend, who helped select the winners, told PEOPLE.
– Sharon Cotliar

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