Working with special needs children requires extra dedication and commitment in teaching. There are few special people among us who can do it.

The job is demanding and the rewards are extra special. It's one thing when students sing your praises but when your colleagues recognize your work, that really stands out.

Renee Risden teaches special needs children at Lacey Township High School and pours her heart and soul into it. People around her have seen her students thrive over the last few years and note her accomplishments with pride.

(Courtesy of Kathy Nogalo)

Renee is also a Special Olympics coach.  This is truly a special teacher that makes a difference every day with children that need that extra energy and love that only a teacher like Renee Risden can give.

Dennis and Judi are sponsoring up with Mark Montenero from Autoland to celebrate Jersey's Favorite Teachers. Tell us about a teacher who has made a difference in your life. Dennis and Judi will read some of their favorite submissions on the air over the next several days. Each selected teacher will get a $100 gift certificate to Fords Jewelers, and the person nominating the teacher will get a family four-pack to iPlay America.

One overall winner will get a bagel breakfast for the teacher's whole class with Mark, Dennis and Judi.

Nominate your favorite teacher today:

This post was created in cooperation with Autoland of Springfield, NJ, selling new, used, and certified pre-owned vehicles. Autoland can be reached at 877-853-3723.