Published on September 8, 2015 — Leave a comment

Raise A Hand For Teachers Winners!!

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We’re so excited to announce the winners in thredUP and’s Raise A Hand For Teachers contest. This summer, thredUP partnered with to recognize and thank teachers across the country for their hard work, generosity, and positive impact they make every day on our children’s lives. We are overwhelmed by the amount of incredible stories that were shared, and we want thank all teachers across the country for playing such a crucial role in shaping our future leaders.

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Cheryl Burchett
Beaumont Magnet Elementary, Knoxville, TN
10.6K votes

“My wife, Mrs. Burchett, is changing her school and changing lives.”

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Joel Guldin
Williams Valley, Tower City, PA
8.5K votes

“I have never seen a teacher go above and beyond the way Mr. G. does.”

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Alisha Peare
Indian Hill Elementary, Omaha, NE
4.8K votes

“Alisha’s students receive her unconditional love and care, and are so lucky to have her.”

Each of our three Grand Prize winners will receive $2,500 to purchase classroom supplies from and a $500 gift card to shop at thredUP. The 50 runners-up will receive a $100 thredUP gift card.

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  1. Arielle Funk, Bay Crest Elementary, Tampa, FL
  2. Chandra Leonardo, Kennedy Middle School, Redwood City, CA
  3. Heidi Martin, Goodland Elementary, Racine, WI
  4. Jamie Rickman, Pleasant Grove Elementary, Pensacola, FL
  5. Amy Heath, Granite City High School, Granite City, IL
  6. Vanessa Akers, Poage Elementary, Ashland, KY
  7. Stacey Villa, Old Bridge High School, Matawan, NJ
  8. Mary Glovers, Awakening Seed School, Phoenix, AZ
  9. Chelsey Wiley, Roanoke Elementary, Roanoke, IN
  10. David Hirsch, Deerfield high school, Deerfield, IL
  11. Keith Kuwatani, The Bay School of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
  12. Joann Sites, Upper Dauphin Area High School, Elizabethville, PA
  13. Julie Weaver, Amboy Elementary, Little Rock, AR
  14. Brianna DeMeyere, Tawas High School, Tawas City, MI
  15. Yolanda Rutledge, Jones Valley Middle School, Birmingham, AL
  16. Christina Corrie, Ruth N. Upson Elementary, Jacksonville, FL
  17. Rachel Wardecke, Blue Mountain Elementary, Hamburg, PA
  18. Myani Lawson, Bergen-Lafayette Montessori, Jersey City, NJ
  19. Ronnie Cato, Mt. Eden High School
  20. Tierra Jackson, Logan Elementary, Ann Arbor, MI
  21. Rachel Fruendlich, Wilson Elementary, Mequon, WI
  22. Rebecca McCright, Admiral Chester W. Nimitz Elementary, Kerrville, TX
  23. Laura Wettersten, Sacred Heart School, Winnetka, IL
  24. Elizabeth Swanson, Silverwood Elementary, Concord, CA
  25. Rachel Fruendlich, Wilson Elementary School, Wilson, WI 
  26. Tiffany Belcher-Wilson, Mountain View Elementary, Colorado Springs, CO
  27. Angelia Venero, Aldeane Comito Rries Elementary, Las Vegas, NV
  28. Tiffany Kelley, The Pembroke Hill School, Kansas City, MO
  29. Danielle Gemmell, Halethorpe Elementary, Halethorpe, MD
  30. Fred Geyer, Ephrata High School, Ephrata, PA
  31. Jennifer Riedel, Cherry Run Elementary, Burke, VA
  32. Jessica Accomazzo, Arlington Elementary, Arlington, AZ
  33. Nicole Hume, Faith Christian School, Lafayette, IN
  34. Alison Moore, Derby Academy, Hingham, MA
  35. Amanda Altizer, Saint Cloud Elementary, St Cloud, FL
  36. Andrea Greco, Monte Vista High School, Danville, CA
  37. Danielle Days, Campostella Elementary, Norfolk, VA
  38. April Gibbs, Positive Pathways Transition Center, Orlando , FL
  39. Tracy Bailey, Champman Elementary School, Huntsville, AL
  40. Laura McBain, Cedar Creek Intermediate School, Cedar Creek, TX
  41. Maria Felix, Creation and Learning Station, Saugus, MA
  42. Chanel Martin,Global Leadership Academy Charter, Philadelphia, PA
  43. Sarah Mallah, A.P. Leto High School, Tampa, FL
  44. Jennifer Shanks, Westwood Elementary, Wichita, KS
  45. Julie Penman, Farr West Elementary, Ogden, UT
  46. Romona Buffington, Twin Creeks Middle School, Spring, TX
  47. Meghan Bierman, East High School, Denver, CO
  48. Karrie Fast, Wright City West Elementary, Wright City, MO
  49. Katelyn Drouin, Futures Behavior Therapy Center, Beverly, MA
  50. Erin Kimbrough,West Plains Elementary, West Plains, MO

Thanks for helping us raise over 50,000 hands for teachers! We hope the teachers’ inspiring stories continue to be read and shared. In our book, every teacher is a winner.

Update (10/12/15): All winning teachers will receive prizes in the mail (at your school) this week! If you don’t receive anything by Friday, or have additional questions, please email Congratulations, again, to all nominees. You’re truly ALL winners, and we hope the school year is off to a great start!