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Barnes & Noble Names Gina Wilson National Winner of the “My Favorite Teacher Contest” and “Teacher of the Year


Stamford, CT, Educator Receives Kudos from Student, Awarded $10,000 to Share with Rogers International School

NEW YORK – – Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, today announced that Gina Wilson from Rogers International School in Stamford, CT, has been named the national winner and “Teacher of the Year” in the “Barnes & Noble My Favorite Teacher Contest.” Mrs. Wilson was nominated by her former student, Santia René, and was chosen from more than 7,500 entries at Barnes & Noble stores nationwide.

Students were invited to nominate their favorite teacher by writing essays, poems or thank-you letters that share how their teacher has influenced their life and why they appreciate and admire their teacher. Entries were accepted at Barnes & Noble stores, and 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.

“The Barnes & Noble ‘My Favorite Teacher Contest’ recognizes thousands of teachers throughout the country each year, celebrating their dedication to their students and ability to inspire,” said Sarah DiFrancesco, Director of Business Development for Barnes & Noble. “We’re pleased to present our highest honor – The Barnes & Noble National Teacher of the Year award – to Gina Wilson, who truly embodies these qualities as described in the touching essay we received from Santia René.”

Along with the title of “Teacher of the Year,” Mrs. Wilson will receive $5,000 and will be recognized at a special community celebration at her local Barnes & Noble store in Stamford, CT. Mrs. Wilson’s school will also receive $5,000.

The Barnes & Noble My Favorite Teacher program provides middle and high students with the opportunity to tell their communities how much they appreciate their teachers. Teachers from Grades 1-12 are eligible for nomination. Awards for local and regional winners included prizes for the teachers, NOOK® Tablets and more.

The My Favorite Teacher Contest runs from September to March. Details on the contest rules can be found at

About Barnes & Noble, Inc.
Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE:BKS) is a Fortune 500 company and the leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products. The company operates 677 Barnes & Noble bookstores in 50 states, and one of the Web’s largest e-commerce sites, ( Its NOOK Media LLC subsidiary is a leader in the emerging digital reading and digital education markets. The NOOK digital business offers award-winning NOOK® products and an expansive collection of digital reading and entertainment content through the NOOK Store™ (, while Barnes & Noble College Booksellers, LLC operates 678 bookstores serving over 4.6 million students and faculty members at colleges and universities across the United States. Barnes & Noble is proud to be named a J.D. Power and Associates 2012 Customer Service Champion and is only one of 50 U.S. companies so named. Barnes & is ranked the number one online retailer in customer satisfaction in the book, music and video category and a Top 10 online retailer overall in customer satisfaction according to ForeSee E-Retail Satisfaction Index (Spring Top 100 Edition).

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