Ideally, teachers should be special people who go out of their way to help not only in learning, but also in living.

Apparently Teena Spinelli O'Connell is the complete package. Loved by students and colleagues alike, she goes out of her way to help people around her achieve their dreams.

Not only does Ms O'Connell participate in the Polar Bear Plunge every year, she also went out of her way for an autistic student who wanted to ask an Eagles cheerleader to prom and she made it happen through social media.

After reading this one. you'll fall in love with her not ever having met her, just like I did!

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.