Ten U.S. Educators Named 2013 Herff Jones ‘Teacher Shout Out’ Award Recipients

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PRESS RELEASE (6/14/2013) – Ten U.S. educators were named recipients of the 2013 Teacher Shout Out Award for receiving the most votes among over 10,000 cast in the Herff Jones “Teacher Shout Out” contest. Votes were submitted during the six-week voting period on the Teacher Shout Out online community at www.TeacherShoutOut.com. The recipients are:

  • Cherie Blessing, Mid Vermont Christian School, White River Junction, Vermont
  • Todd Fenchel, New Tech High @ Zion-Benton East, Zion, Illinois
  • David Franke, SUNY Cortland, Cortland, New York
  • Christian Gloria, Hawaii Pacific University, Kaneohe, Hawaii
  • Michelle Holmes, Santa Paula High School, Santa Paula, California
  • Lori Matthew, Joshua 9th Grade Campus, Joshua, Texas
  • Michele Romolt, Jonas E. Salk Elementary School, Bolingbrook, Illinois
  • Leah Smith, Northwood High School, Pittsboro, North Carolina
  • Heather Tangen, Early College High School, Costa Mesa, California
  • Patti Thomas, Truman Middle School, St. Louis, Missouri

As Teacher Shout Out Award recipients, these educators each receive cash rewards to share with their schools.

“These individuals symbolize the vital role that educators play in all of our lives, and we are proud to award each of them $5,000 to split with their schools,” said Ginger Plexico, chief marketing officer, Herff Jones. “Such an outpouring of gratitude demonstrates the difference these educators make to their students and their communities.”

Herff Jones, Inc. in January launched its “Herff Jones Teacher Shout Out” online community to allow students and former students of all ages to show their appreciation for the teachers, advisors and coaches who made positive differences in their lives. The Teacher Shout Out site allows current and former students to directly address their favorite teachers, coaches and advisors, saying “thank you,” and writing memories of the past and how they shaped the future.

More than 3,000 educators have been recognized on the site so far, representing all fifty states and Canada.

“Teachers and other educators give so much to students, and while we know their work is rewarding we also know they don’t always get to fully realize the positive impact they have on people’s lives,” says Plexico. “This ‘Community of Gratitude’ provides a compelling, interactive forum for their achievements to be recognized by the very people they’ve helped.”

In addition to the cash rewards for the 10 award recipients and their schools, the Teacher Shout Out site also directed $10,000 to school projects through a partnership with DonorsChoose.org.

“The contest was a success thanks in large part to the efforts of Herff Jones employees and independent sales representatives who helped promote this online community of gratitude since its launch in January,” Plexico said.

Current and past students can continue to post Shout Outs to those teachers, advisors and coaches who have made a difference in their lives.

Herff Jones works closely with customers to create a climate of achievement through graduation products, class rings and jewelry, yearbooks, educational publishing, cheerleading, and motivation and recognition tools. The Indianapolis, Ind.-based company provides guidance, support and quality products to elementary and middle schools, high schools, colleges and universities, church organizations, professional and collegiate sports teams, and corporations. Founded nearly 100 years ago, Herff Jones is an employee-owned organization focused on building long-term relationships through a nationwide network of trusted, expert sales representatives. For more, visit www.herffjones.com .

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