Press Release

April 7, 2021

Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest Announce the Return of ‘Live’s Top Teacher Search’

April 7, 2021





‘Live with Kelly and Ryan’ Will Honor Top Educators

During ‘Live’s Top Teacher Week,’ May 3-7


One Deserving Teacher Will Receive $20,000 in Prizes


Today on “Live with Kelly and Ryan,” hosts Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest announced the return of one of the show’s most popular and meaningful initiatives: “Live’s Top Teacher Search,” which will honor outstanding educators the week of May 3-7, during “Live’s Top Teacher Week” and in celebration of the national “Teacher Appreciation Week.”


When it comes to defining heroes in our society, teachers rank at the top of the list, given the crucial role they play in educating and inspiring their students. And in the past year, they’ve had to step up like never before, learning how to keep students engaged and motivated under the most difficult of circumstances, facing down the pandemic while meeting the challenges of virtual and hybrid learning.


With “Live’s Top Teacher Search,” the show will honor educators who go above and beyond for their students, their schools and their communities, especially in these most challenging of times. One teacher will receive a grand prize of $10,000. Plus, “Live” is teaming up with SONIC® Drive-In to gift the winning teacher another $10,000 to use on national education nonprofit site DonorsChoose, where they can fund essential learning supplies for their classroom or the classroom of another teacher.


The search is open to current educators from Pre-K through 12th grade, and viewers can write in to nominate an extraordinary teacher for consideration by logging on to for rules, submission guidelines and further details.


About SONIC® Drive-In

SONIC, founded in 1953, is the largest drive-in restaurant brand in the United States with more than 3,500 restaurants in 46 states. Served by SONIC’s iconic Carhops, the restaurant’s expansive, award-winning menu offers unique, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack and drink options for the whole family. SONIC is part of the Inspire Brands family of restaurants. For more information, visit and


About “Live with Kelly and Ryan”

“Live with Kelly and Ryan” is produced by WABC-TV in New York and executive produced by Michael Gelman, Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest. Visit “Live” on the web (, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and SnapChat (@LiveKellyRyan).


About DonorsChoose

DonorsChoose is the leading way to give to public schools. Since 2000, 4.7 million people and partners have contributed $1 billion to support 1.9 million teacher requests for classroom resources and experiences. As the most trusted crowdfunding platform for teachers, donors, and district administrators alike, DonorsChoose vets each request, ships the funded resources directly to the classroom, and provides thank yous and reporting to donors and school leaders. Charity Navigator and GuideStar have awarded DonorsChoose, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, their highest ratings for transparency and accountability. For more information, visit


“Live with Kelly and Ryan” Media Contact

Barbara Warren


SONIC Drive-In Media Contact

Ale Iraheta


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Media Relations

Barbara Warren

Vice President, Communications

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