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Tony Sansom (right) is up for a $5,000 teaching award from Post Foods. (Photo by Julie Eves)

Whether it was elementary school or high school, everyone had that special teacher growing up who inspired them to be the best they can be.

To recognize those individuals, Post Foods is hosting the Search for Goodness, a nation-wide contest that rewards one teacher and the school where they work with $5,000 each. And one nominee is from right here on Vancouver Island.

Tony Sansom, a kindergarten teacher from Lakewood Elementary in Langford, is one of many teachers who’ve been nominated for the winning prize.

“Mr. Sansom is an amazing Langford teacher who goes above and beyond for all the kids he teaches and has taught,” says Julie Eves, whose two sons have both been in Sansom’s class. “The families at Lakewood Elementary are so lucky to have him.”

Eves says Sansom was instrumental in helping her youngest son cope with some behavioural issues while her husband was overseas on a peacekeeping mission.

“He really does deserve this and it would mean so much to our school too,” Eves says.

Thanks to the diligent efforts of local parents, Sansom already has over 2,500 votes, but he’ll need to keep that number up to stay in the top 10.

To cast your vote for Sansom, click here. Voting ends at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, August 27.