TODAY | October 08, 2013
>>> in case you haven't heard b nbc kicked off this year's education nation campaign and we have a big announcement to make.
>> before we tell you what it is we wanted to take a moment to honor our teachers.
>> many have had a major impact on the lives of students. here's what you had to say.
>> mr. rand was such a wonderful teacher. sometimes she would bring her guitar and sing lessons to us. she was just a wonderful person. she had such a good heart.
>> an important lesson mr. casey taught me is regardless of what's happening in your life you should always do what you believe is right.
>> a special memory ms. peg and i shared was last night when she came to my law school graduation. one of the first memories i have as her student was my preschool graduation. it was clear to see how everything came full circle .
>> my favorite teacher is joe chapman. he was my band instructor. the most important life lesson he taught us was to work hard and give it 110% at all times.
>> mrs. marx started out as my favorite teacher in elementary school . she's transitioned throughout the years to become one of my best friend s. she continues to be a wonderful confidante and friend.
>> all right. now it's time for the big announcement. we are looking for the teach er of the year. that's right. we are holding a contest looking for the most special teacher around. since almost all teachers spend their own money on supplies, the grand prize is $10,000 of classroom supplies.