The Million Dollar Story

Lloyd Hopkins is the Executive Director and Founder of Million Dollar Teacher Project, an organization aimed at increasing support for teachers inside and outside of the classroom, raising the profile of highly effective teachers and drastically improving teacher compensation to bring the teaching profession to the prestigious level it deserves.

The Problem

Why It’s Time To Wake Up


We strive to engage the community to support teachers through partnerships, classroom teaching teams and data-driven instruction, among other things.



Student-teacher relationships greatly affect the success of students so we have made it our goal to improve these interactions through promoting teacher appreciation.



We want to raise the profile of highly effective teachers by drastically improving teacher compensation to bring the profession to the prestigious level it deserves.

Our Mission

Elevate the teaching profession through increased recognition, compensation and support


Competitive Teaching

Competitive Teaching allows for teachers to have performance based salaries. Established metrics will be selected to evaluate the teacher’s impact and based on their effectiveness, allowing the ability to command a greater salary.


We are creating programming to bridge the relationship between the community and schools to show teachers they are appreciated.  We conduct events like appreciation lunches and our #apples4teachers #teacherthankyounotes viral campaign.



On-going Professional development during the “off-season” will help teachers become more familiar with the latest and best approaches and technologies in the teaching profession. Evaluations of teachers will be done either monthly, quarterly, or annually. The will determine the teacher’s effectiveness. Partnership Funding Circle through a partnership funding system will allow funders to sign-on to fund elements of the MDT model in a time-bound fashion.

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    • 22Sep2017

      Thank You Note Happy Hour

      This event is a great opportunity for those that support education and love teachers as…

    • 31Dec2017

      Shortage Documentary

      This documentary focuses on the increasing teacher shortage that is happening across the state.  Each…

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