Teacher Words Matter Contest


Tell your story for a chance to win $500

Entry deadline Feb. 28, 2017

How did a teacher, educator or school employee influence you in a positive way?

You have a chance to win $500 by submitting your story online at TeacherWordsMatter.org. Tell us how a teacher, coach, school counselor, bus driver or other school employee had a positive effect on your life.

  • Did he or she teach you the importance of never giving up?
  • Did he or she help you through a rough period in your life?
  • Is there a phrase or quote that stuck with you?

Either submit a written account of how an educator made a difference in your life or tell your story with a video.

The Missouri NEA-sponsored Teacher Words Matter contest will run until Feb. 28, 2017. Ten winners will be chosen and be awarded $500 each at the Missouri State High School Basketball Championship Playoffs Friday, March 17 at Mizzou Arena in Columbia, MO.

Use the hashtag #TeacherWordsMatter when posting your story to Facebook, Twitter or YouTube. To be entered for a chance to win $500, you must submit your contact information online using the form to the right or by mailing the entry form to Missouri NEA, Attn: Teacher Words Matter, 1810 E Elm Street, Jefferson City, MO 65101. All entries must be received by Feb. 28, 2017.

Download entry form (mail-in form).

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Phase 1 winners were announced in November 2015.


Ten win $500 for sharing stories of how an educator made a difference.

MNEA chose ten winners from the hundreds of stories that were submitted. The winners submitted heartwarming, inspirational essays about how teachers, counselors and education support people positively influenced them while they were students. The winners were treated to tickets at the high school state football finals at the Edward Jones Stadium in St. Louis. During halftime, MNEA President Charles E. Smith presented each of the ten winners with a check for $500 on the Rams football field in front of the thousands in attendance.

Read full story and see pictures of winners >>

Visit the MNEA YouTube channel to listen to stories >>

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