Patti Clark is technically not a teacher, but she is an extremely important individual in the lives of children who learn differently.

She is an occupational therapist in the Somerville district at Vanderveer Elementary School and works with children with autism and other challenges.

(Courtesy of Eliza DeGuzman)

It takes a special person with the patience and dedication to take on this kind of job with the passion and skill that Patti does. It also inspires the kind of passion for the appreciation of her work to express that into poetry. A quick excerpt from one of her many fans....

She often skips her lunch break
If she had a morning meeting
Choosing to see the kids she had missed
Rather than relaxing and eating

For Patti Clark OT stands for both Occupational Therapist and Outstanding Teacher!

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:

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