A sure sign of an amazing teacher is the ability to have students love you even when you're not a pushover. That's the case with this weeks nominee for "Jersey's Favorite Teacher," Christian Brothers Academy's Mrs. Whall.

According to the student who nominated her, Sam Weber, she's the most dedicated teacher he's ever had. Sam says that Mrs. Whall has that unique combination of being tough, yet caring and fair. She understands the value of positive motivation, even treating kids to an occasional breakfast for a fun reward.

Most notably, Sam says Mrs. Whall went through a very difficult period recently when her mother was ill and eventually passed away. Despite the difficulty she must have been facing, she not only soldiered on, but her students and her commitment to them were so important to her, that she offered them extra after-school hours to make up for what she missed by tending to her mom. Because of all this, her students are happy and motivated to excel.

New Jersey teachers: Take a page from Mrs. Whall's book. She's a teacher we can ALL learn from.

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.