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Junior Achievement Launches First Annual My Favorite Teacher Contest

October 5, 2022 (Pittsburgh, PA) - In recognition of World Teachers' Day on October 5th, Junior Achievement of Western PA (JA) is seeking nominations for our first annual My Favorite Teacher contest. Winners of the contest will be rewarded with prizes, including a top prize of two round trip Delta Airlines tickets. 

World Teachers Day, observed annually on October 5, serves to not only celebrate the ways teachers are transforming education, but also to reflect on the support they need to fully deploy their talent and vocation. According to CBS Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania will need thousands of new teachers, principals and educators to fill open roles by 2025. Yet, the number of individuals entering the profession does not match this need – only 5,500 new teachers were certified between 2019-2022.  

“JA realizes creating a culture of support for our teachers is vital to student success,” Patrice Matamoros, President of JA said. “At the end of the day, educators are the backbone of our society, and they need our support to enable them to do their jobs as seamlessly and with as much enthusiasm as possible.” 

To support educators on World Teachers Day, JA is seeking nominations for the top teachers in our area with a goal of rewarding those who are consistently working hard in the face of adversity to make a positive impact on their students.  

The following prizes will be given to the top nominees: 

First place: two round-trip Delta Airlines tickets to the destination of their choice within the continental U.S. 

Second place: $200 worth of gift cards to Nemacolin  

Third place: one $50 Visa gift card 

JA will accept nominations for teachers, principals and other educators from schools within the 56-county footprint of western PA and northern WV. Parents, students and peers can nominate educators electronically at Nominations will close on December 1, 2022. 

About Junior Achievement of Western PA

Junior Achievement is the world's largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. 

JA programs are delivered by corporate and community volunteers, and provide relevant, hands-on experiences that give students from kindergarten through high school knowledge and skills in financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship. 

During the 2021-2022 school year, JA impacted over 30,000 students across 56 counties in western Pennsylvania and northern West Virginia. To learn more about Junior Achievement of Western PA visit for more information. 

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