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Favorite teacher contest winner surprised

Lindsay McClure, of the Record staff

Considering the number of teachers each student has over the course of an academic career, it must take something extraordinary for a teacher to be considered a favorite.

Silver Queen Fine Art Gallery gave Park City students the opportunity to nominate their favorite teacher and the winner was chosen last Friday. Julie Hooker Baker, the favorite teacher of Treasure Mountain International School ninth-grader Brandon Gebo, was the lucky winner. She was surprised at school on Thursday by Gebo, Lisa Kaplan of the Silver Queen Gallery, and Diana Cashel, Treasure Mountain counselor.

Kaplan said that more than 300 students cast ballots. The gallery didn’t tally how many times each teacher was nominated, instead put the ballots in a pot and chose the winner lottery-style. Kaplan said that they received at least one nomination from each school in Park City.

Gebo explained that Baker is his favorite teacher because "she is really involved in us, as students, she’s easy to talk to, and she laughs a lot."

Baker, a former employee at the Kimball Art Center, was thrilled to learn that she won.

As a prize, Baker received a $500 gift certificate to the gallery. The gift certificate came in the form of five minted silver coins. She also received a gift certificate for El Chubasco restaurant.