New York, NY – Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the leading retailer of content, digital media, and educational products, today announced that LAUREN CARNRIGHT from Washingtonville Central School District has been named the local winner of the Barnes & Noble My Favorite Teacher Contest. Ms. Carnright was chosen from the entries at the Barnes & Noble on Route 300 in Newburgh, NY. Ms. Carnright was nominated by Reis Roca. 

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.

“We are so very proud of Reis and Ms. Carnright.  There is no greater compliment to a teacher than to know that you have had an impact on the lives of your students.” Said Brian Connolly, Principal of Washington High School.

L to R: Donna Vento, Reis Roca, Lauren Carnright, M. Grace Cantwell

Ms. Carnright 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.

The Barnes & Noble My Favorite Teacher Contest provides students with the opportunity to tell their communities how much they appreciate their teachers. Students enrolled in middle or high schools in the United States are eligible to participate; and only educators employed by private or public elementary, middle, or high schools are eligible to be nominated. Awards include cash prizes for the teachers and schools, and more.

Headlining Photo Left to Right:  M. Grace Cantwell, Mayor Judy Kennedy of the City of Newburgh, Lauren Carnright, Reis Roca and the Village Trustee from Washingtonville, Edwin Figueroa.


Honorable Mentions

Chasity Roldan

5th Grader from Horizons-On-The-Hudson School in Newburgh

Shahlaigha Glasper

5th Grader from Horizons-On-The-Hudson School in Newburgh

Ms. Julie Stone

4th Grade Teacher, from Horizons-On-The-Hudson School in Newburgh 


Congratulations to all of the winners and honorably mentioned participants. You make a difference, and that is a wonderful thing!