One In A Million: Edee Sands

 

Name: Edee Sands

School: R.E. Simpson School

Grade: 6-8 ART/ EL

How does it feel to be recognized as a One in a Million Teacher ?

I feel validated, flattered and humbled.  This is the nicest compliment I could ever receive! I am grateful to be recognized by MDTP and all you do for teachers.  I am excited to recognized as a One in a Million!

What was the first prize you used out of the prize package you received?

I used the Prisma Pencil Sharpeners!  Students in my art room are using colored pencils and now they have quality sharpeners to use with them.  They are sorely needed as the pencil sharpeners we used last year kept breaking. When given a choice, I would always choose quality over quantity for my students.

How long have you been a teacher?

I have been teaching art in public schools for 18 years!  It’s the best job I ever had and I love what I do.
What made you get into the teaching profession?

 My undergraduate degree is in Art Administration.  I have worked in private and non-profit galleries as well as the Phoenix Arts Commission and volunteered at Free Arts of AZ, before starting my family.  I opened an art studio for kids over 20 years ago.  Through these experiences I found my love for teaching art. My daughters’ assistant principal encouraged me to get my teaching certificate to teach in the district. When I first taught art as a substitute teacher I thought it would be wonderful to have my own art classroom and start a new career.    That is how I launched my teaching career.
 

Who was your most inspirational teacher and why?

 I reflect back on all my art teachers as I always loved my art classes and learned something new from each teacher.  I enjoyed my art history classes in college as well.  When I was in middle school my art class was huge, so two art teachers pulled about 12 students out of the class to be in an advanced class.  We all became like a family.  I still keep in touch with my classmates from that class.  Our teacher was amazing.  She didn’t have her own children, we were her children.  Sadly,  I learned later, she had died, having committed suicide.   She was beautiful, loving and caring.  I still think about her.  She made a difference in all of our lives. I want to make a difference in in the lives of my students as she did for me and my classmates.

What do you think are some of the biggest challenges teachers in Arizona face right now?

 Right now it is the INVESTinED.  As of today, 52 candidates have signed a pledge to restore critical funding for education so that Arizona schools can attract teachers and give students a quality education that they deserve.  I really don’t think all teachers will see a true 20% increase in their salaries by 2020.  Right now it is year by year.  It depends on how much the public values and supports the public education system in our state.

Also, right now some of our students are coming from unstable and stressful home environments.   I see this in their behavior towards their classmates in the classroom and on the playground as well as towards teachers and other school staff members.

How do these issues affect your day to day?

 Budget cuts impacts my selection of art supplies. As an art teacher, I need a wide variety of items for the different art lessons and projects planned each school year.  I take advantage of free resources such as The Art Resource Center in Tempe for teachers.  It takes away from my time off, but it is worth having extra supplies for my students.  I see this daily, because my students often do not have the supplies and resources needed to be successful at school. I use what I have in the classroom and find opportunities to access free or low cost supplies.  Last year, I helped a student to enter a state-wide art competition and they won first place! As his teacher, I received $300 in art supplies which made it possible for me to have a stock of paint, markers, brushes and twistable crayons to start off the year.

As far as the instability and stress often experienced by many of our students – I strive to create a safe and welcoming environment that will keep them engaged while in school.  Also, through many of the art projects they do, I am able to incorporate opportunities for them to practice social and emotional behavior skills needed to get along with others, resolve conflicts and build self-confidence. By studying artists and their artwork, along with art from different cultures, I am able to promote and support their social and emotional learning.  I also offer after school activities which is a great release for many students.  Many students look forward to returning to school after long weekends and breaks during the school year.  We provide breakfast in the classroom and many free lunches for our students.

 What does the $250 tax deduction for school supplies for teachers mean to you?

 It does provide some relief, but doesn’t come close to what I typically invest to support my students.  When there is a project that I want to do with my students and additional supplies are needed to make it happen, I will buy whatever is needed beyond my budgeted supplies.
How are the expectations of becoming a teacher different than the reality?

Teaching requires many more hours beyond the time teachers spend with students. A teacher’s day includes many more hours than anyone realizes before and after students are in the classroom.  This time is used to prepare lessons, organize projects, coordinate with other teachers and school staff, record grades and document student progress, communicate with parents, along with other activities necessary to ensure compliance with district and state requirements including requirements for teachers’ ongoing professional development.

Every day I do more than just teach and come home exhausted from teaching, mothering, social working, problem solving, breaking up fights, intervening to interrupt fights that are about to happen, and resolving multiple major and minor conflicts among students.

Why do you think teachers burn out so quickly?

It’s a lot to juggle.  Many teachers put in so much effort and energy with often times very little recognition or validation that they make a difference.  Everyone’s story is different.  My kids are grown, college graduates and living on their own. It helps that I don’t have a lot of other distractions at home.  If a young teacher has young kids at home, it’s a second job at night.  I had that at the beginning of my teaching career.  It is actually easier for me now at this stage of life.
What “fills your cup” when you’re running on empty?

When I run on empty, I take a deep breath, reflect on what has happened over the year. When I think about my student’s success, it brings happiness to me.   I try to think of the positive impact I have had on my school community, district and colleagues.  I try not to sweat the small stuff and keep moving forward.  Taking a break from the classroom environment rejuvenate me and give me a second wind of energy.  I will go visit my principal or one of the office staff members to talk about something not related to school.    I love to travel, try new restaurants and cuisines, cook and spend time with family and friends.
What are some of the most thoughtful and effective ways parents and the community can show gratitude?

Parents can send a note to your child’s teacher to express appreciation and perhaps share something they noticed that made a difference for their child.   Stop by and say hello to your child’s teachers.  The community can help out with donations to schools.  I know that Walmart has helped donate to our school district.  Discount Tire offers free admission to families on the first weekend of the month for museum entrance.  Your organization is wonderful.   How amazing to be recognized by the community with the Million Dollar Tree Project, lunch with the teachers and all the extras you do for us!! What can I do for you?  Please let me know!

What is your wish for Arizona’s children?

 My wish for Arizona’s children is that every child graduate high school and receive a diploma.  Let’s try to have every student go on to further their education at a university or vocational program and to be able to support themselves and be able to raise a healthy family, fully participate in their community, and contribute to society.   In our district, we strive to educate the “whole child.”  If each student is developed in all phases of academics, athletics, arts, activities then we made a difference to create our future citizens.

What additional support or supplies do you need in your classroom and who do people contact if they want to help out?

My biggest project this year, is to get a kiln installed in my art room.  I inherited an old kiln that will need kiln furniture (kiln stand, shelves, posts, stilts, cones, clay and glazes).  Once it is up and running, I will participate in the annual Empty Bowls program with my school and district which will benefit a food bank in our area.

If anyone is willing to help out they can call my school at 602.246.0699 or Marjon Ceramics at 602.272.6585 and let them know they are helping out by purchasing supplies for R.E. Simpson School, 5330 N. 23rd Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85015 for Edee Sands, Room 44.

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4 Ways you can Support Million Dollar Teacher Project on #GivingTuesday today!

 

Dear Million Dollar Teacher Project Supporters,

With the holidays upon us we find ourselves feeling immensely fortunate to have amazing supporters helping us spread the word on the work we are doing to strengthen schools!  I would like to personally invite YOU to contribute to our cause in one of four ways today,  #GivingTuesday. 🙂 Today is a day that is known for giving! I want you to have the chance to share our mission with your network to help us grow our impact to include even more teachers. Your support enabled us to reach over 27,000 students with our work with teachers and we are on pace to do even more this year!   It’s amazing to hear the stories from the teachers we work with on how our involvement has helped bring more joy into the profession. I hope that you will consider joining us on #GivingTuesday to share our work and impact with your family, friends and colleagues. We have three easy ways for you to assist us today and you can pick whichever is easiest for you…….or do all four!.

1. CLICK HERE to create your Facebook Fundraiser and let your family and friends know that Facebook and Paypal will begin matching donations at 5am PST (8am EST) on Giving Tuesday!

2. Benevity is donating $10 to MDTP for every Retweet of their #BeTheGood Video that mentions @mdtproject.  You can participate by clicking here.

3. Nominate Million Dollar Teacher Project for Renewal Awards by clicking here.  Information for nomination: Founder Email : Lloyd@mdtproject.org l website: www.mdtproject.org | 2942 N 24th Street, Suite 211, Phoenix, Arizona 85016 (zip code for organization)

4. Donate to our founders Facebook #GivingTuesday Fundraiser by clicking here.

 Thank you so much for believing in us and knowing that a strong teaching profession equals strong schools! Your support will help us further our mission and continue to grow our impact in 2019!

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One In A Million: Tori Danielle

Name: Tori Danielle Thompson                      

School: R. E. Simpson School             

Grade: 5th-8thMusic/Band

We received over 900 votes in our first ever Feel Like a Million Dollars event that we hosted on May 22nd for Maryvale High School.   Both the faculty and the students voted on who they felt deserved to feel like a million dollars and you won!  How does that feel?

It feels, at once, exciting, humbling and encouraging to know that I am appreciated for what I do. Thank you so much!

What was the first prize you used out of the prize package you received?

The Expo markers. Students in every grade level start their class doing rhythmic exercises on the large whiteboard and personal whiteboards, which they get to modify and make their own to play as a class. Hundreds of students a day=hundreds of Expo markers a year.

How long have you been a teacher?

Just entered year 8.

What made you get into the teaching profession?
My love of music, voracious appetite for books, and desire to make a difference in inner-city communities by providing youth with creative outlets for their energy. Several of my relatives were musicians, and my mother’s library and CD collection were very extensive. The older children in my neighborhood who I looked up to were marching band members in schools who styled themselves after Big 10 and HBCU showbands. Others were heavy into hip-hop, and spent afternoons writing rap lyrics and producing beats in their makeshift studios. I was intrigued, and began writing and arranging myself. I marched and did concert band for all through high school and college, earning a Bachelor of Music Education from Jackson State University in Jackson, MS.

I fell into teaching folk song on accident. My first public school position was as a general music teacher. I attended a workshop for Kodaly methodology, which approaches GM through the singing of world folk music first, and fell in love all over again. I went on to earn Level II Certification as a Kodaly Specialist, and continue to teach my GM classes with this methodology as the foundation.  Since my student population is so diverse, I strive to find out their home countries and teach authentic folk music from each of them. It ends up being a blend of Music and Social Studies.

Who was your most inspirational teacher and why?

 My elementary school music teacher, Ms. Linares! I was a latchkey kid, and Ms. Linares always let me stay in her music room for 15-20minutes after school as I waited for my mother to come pick me up. She showed me piano basics, went further in depth with the world music lessons than she could during class, and showed me how to handle instruments responsibly. Playing a duet with her on the last day of 6th grade in her classroom was a “eureka” moment: she gets payed to have so much fun?

What do you think are some of the biggest challenges teachers in Arizona face right now?
FUNDING!!! Public school teachers are expected to manifest material miracles in classrooms with minimal budget. We ALL spend hundreds, sometimes thousands, of our own dollars annually to ensure that our students have what they need as far as books, supplies, and materials.

This funding issue particularly affects Title I schools at the base level because some of our classrooms are overcrowded, buildings and busses in dangerously ill repair, and sometimes have outdated curriculum.

How do these issues affect your day to day?
Some schools cannot afford to hire extra teachers to handle the excess, which can lead to behavior management issues. We are under a time crunch to spread our attention and one-on-one instruction evenly to all of our students, and the ones who need us the most  sometimes go underserved. Music units that should take 1 month sometimes take 6 weeks, because we have so many students to assess while “wrangling” the others!

In the past, I worked in a classroom that had untreated visible mold in the ceiling. An a/c system remained broken for nearly an entire semester waiting for repair budget to come through. Band practice was held in a classroom where temperatures soared past 100 degrees regularly.

Budget constraints mean I do not have enough concert instruments for all of my enrolled students. I have to find creative ways to engage all of my budding musicians while they wait their turn. Repairs are done in order of the most severe. Some students have instrument cases held together by duct tape. Teachers at other schools in the district with repair experience graciously volunteer their own time to fix the minor repairs.

My general music classes are VERY large, with one ELL class hovering around 35 students, all of whom speak at least 2 languages. Some of these students have experienced trauma. They would be better served by smaller class sizes and more counselors.

I have a running joke that I am a part-time grant writer, as I’ve applied for and secured thousands of dollars of materials and instruments for schools over the course of my career, and I am not alone. Programs such as DonorsChoose.org, EarCandy, Mr. Holland’s Opus, fraternal organizations like Sigma Alpha Iota Music Fraternity, and your fine organization have been filling in the gaps, and I thank you for your generosity!

What does the $250 tax deduction for school supplies for teachers mean to you?

 It’s disrespectful! Let’s talk numbers:

$250 is the annual cost just to tune our school’s pianos.  Clarinet needs a re-pad? $150. Cracked xylophone bar? $40.  36 Expo markers in assorted colors to make word identification easier for ELL and SPED students? $36 a month.  Pair of maracas? $20. Tenor sax reed crack? $4 and a beginner probably will crack 10 more by semester’s end.  What other profession requires employees to spend so much money? Do nurses buy gauze and alcohol pads? Do warehouse workers buy their own forklifts?

The state of Arizona lost a court case a decade ago obligating them legally to a multibillion dollar payout to public schools. They are refusing to pay up, while simultaneously giving corporations millions of dollars in tax cuts. A business can write off millions in tax write offs, but I can’t claim a box of reeds? Disrespectful.

How are the expectations of becoming a teacher different than the reality?

We all enter the profession as a proverbial David armed with the slingshot of our optimism. We expect to “make a difference” and the students will respect us just because we are adults. NotGonnaHappen.com. Today’s teachers have to EARN every ounce of respect they are given from their 12-year-old clients.

Why do you think teachers burn out so quickly?

Not learning to “leave work at work” mentally and emotionally. Giving hundreds of people your energy daily is draining. There is never-ending planning, symphonic analyses, workshops, pedagogical research to do. I now know to set a work goal, stay at work long enough to reach it, then go home empty-handed. The disconnect is necessary to maintain my sanity.

It is even easier for core curriculum teachers to burn out. The standards and data analysis requirements have become so extensive, rigorous and stringent in recent years that they are constantly being evaluated and judged on their efficacy and professionalism. The job can take so much from a person, and isn’t over just because contract time is over.

What “fills your cup” when you’re running on empty?

 As Ms. Thompson, taking a weekend music teacher workshop. Teaching can easily happen in a vacuum. Attending a workshop with professional peers who have brand new songs, games, and pedagogy refreshes me, reminds me that I am one of many, of the joy that moved me to teach in the first place, and excites me to implement the new ideas into my curriculum.
As Tori, connecting with nature. When my spiritual gas light blinks orange, I make time to walk a trail, hike a mountain, meditate near water, go vegan for a weekend, camp in the woods, or attend a music festival in a park with friends. I am also a firm believer in “mental health days.” It’s called PERSONAL TIME OFF for a reason!

What are some of the most thoughtful and effective ways parents and the community can show gratitude?
SHOW UP. I don’t think parents understand how encouraging it is to teachers when parents and community members show up for school events. Attend parent-teacher conferences, return our phone calls, take an active interest in grades, volunteer to chaperone for field trips, pass out programs, bringing family friends to school concerts and festivals.
What is your wish for Arizona’s children?

I wish for them to have knowledge, wisdom, and understanding of how the REAL WORLD works outside of our classrooms. What is required to attain intergenerational mobility to lessen the NEED for so many Title I schools in the future. To understand the importance of investment, passive income, entrepreneurship and home ownership in building wealth. To have access to technology, training, and science education. To understand that they have a responsibility towards social justice. And, of course, I wish for all of Arizona’s children to develop an appreciation for the arts. Because Musical Arts, Visual Arts and Physical Arts express our humanity.

What additional support  or supplies do you need in your classroom and who do people contact if they want to help out?

Band instruments and supplies. I have far more students than I have instruments. If you have an old trumpet collecting dust in your attic, send it this way, please! Clarinet and saxophone reeds are also needed.

Ways to help:

This is my classroom’s crowd-funding page. Share this link with friends and family!

  • Drop off any [tax-deductible!] instrument or supply donation at my school.
  1. E. Simpson School, 5330 N 23rd Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85015

602.246.0699 front office, contact Susan Chavarria, Office Manager.

  • Tax-credit donations. You can donate up to $200 to a school, earmark it for a specific activity (such as band), and receive a dollar-for-dollar reduction in total tax owed!
  • Volunteer your time!
  • Contact me directly! ToriThompson@alhambraesd.org.
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MDTP Receives $2,000 in Grant Funding from Albertsons and The Pollination Project!

Million Dollar Teacher Project Receives $2,000 in Grant Awards From Albertsons Companies Foundation & The Pollination Project

Million Dollar Teacher Project would like to give our tremendous gratitude to both the Albertsons Companies Foundation and The Pollination Project for the grant funding they both have given us in support of our work of recognizing and supporting Arizona teachers.  Both companies gave us a contribution in the amount of $1,000 each.  These dollars will immediately help us impact over 900 teachers through our Take a Teacher to Lunch and Classroom Support Team programs by helping us continue to build capacity to expand those programs.  Our goal is to be a statewide program by the year 2020 and you support has helped us get a step closer.

Thank you!!!!

You can visit The Pollination Project website to read about their support of MDTP by clicking the link:

https://thepollinationproject.org/grants-awarded/lloyd-hopkins-million-dollar-teacher-project/

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One In A Million: Aran Kelly

One In A Million Feature Questions

Name: Aran Kelly

School: Alhambra High School

Grade:  9-12

Support Needed: Basic school supplies: especially…pencils, highlighters, notebooks, journals, printing cartridges (HP 62)

 

How long have you been a teacher?

Including subbing and teaching artist residencies – 6 years.
Certified: 2 years

 

What made you get into the teaching profession?

Having breakthroughs with students and seeing the lightbulb go off.
Both older brothers are teachers, so were my parents at one point.

I am a former special education student who has found an expressive outlet through spoken word poetry. I have developed IEP preparation curriculum which incorporates spoken word performance and poetic elements. The results have resulted in students students self stating that they felt empowered as they played an active role as the leader of the IEP meeting, as opposed to a fly on the wall which is how I remember it. This easy process builds student’s self confidence and produces individuals who can articulate their needs on their own, in a job interview. I want to empower students to be confident, educated, and successful citizens.

 

Who was your most inspirational teacher and why?
This is a tough question to answer because there has been more than one teacher who has inspired me during my academic career, and in different ways. I was inspired by my high school chemistry teacher, Dr. Thornburg, to sacrifice my lunch hour to help my students stay ahead; so long as they meet me half way. With Dr. Thornburg’s help, I passed high school chemistry with an A.

 

What do you think are some of the biggest challenges teachers in Arizona face right now?
Lack of support from the state level and lack of commitment to education. The state of Arizona spends more on prisons than it does on education. Consequently, the teachers in Arizona have all of their interest in keeping students out of prison while the state has all of their interests in putting students in there. On average, Arizona prison guards make more than teachers. As of April 29th, 2018 correctional officers in Yuma are paid $44, 333.

 

How do these issues affect your day to day?
A lot of the issues are beyond my control. Issues stem from poverty and poverty in the home. Racial and cultural differences come into play as well.

 

What does the $250 tax deduction for school supplies for teachers mean to you?
Not much unless I itemize. It’s basically an empty gesture, also it means that I still have to come out of pocket to pay for supplies.

 

How are the expectations of becoming a teacher different than the reality?
As a special education teacher I have extra duties to perform, things which were not included in the job description.

Bringing a duffel bag with extra clothes to class for the teen who wets himself, coordinating information on your prep from 3 different departments and getting signatures so an autistic student can be a ball boy for the basketball team all because the person who ran the Best Buddies program abandoned the post, and picking up the cap and gown on my lunch hour for a senior who is at home recovering from surgery have been parts of my reality as  a teacher. Being expected by the administration to perform duties that are above and beyond what is written in my contract has been part of my reality as a teacher.

 

Why do you think teachers burn out so quickly?
Illiteracy is a huge ineptitude for many of my students and literacy programs are costly, limited, or non existent. Lack of support for the teachers and students from the district and state are very evident. Frustration from the inability for teachers to provide what they need to teach their students is a problem. The demands placed on teachers deprive them of the time needed to look after themselves both mentally and physically. Teachers take work home with them and have very little spare time. Special Education teachers are particularly impacted by all of the deficits that prevent the expertise needed to address their student’s mental health issues. A lot of teachers have to take on second and third jobs to make ends meet. My second job is as an NCAA, collegiate water polo announcer.

 

What “fills your cup” when you’re running on empty?
Spinning records at home and writing poetry, plus, rocking microphones fills my cup.

 

What are some of the most thoughtful and effective ways parents and the community can show gratitude?
Show up to the IEP meetings and team up with teachers.

Support the “Red for Ed” movement and go to the polls in November. It’s time to vote out of office folks unwilling to invest in education. Funding programs, classrooms, the arts and teachers is an investment in all of our future.  Thank you to the parents and community members who showed up at the Phoenix Capital Building to support teachers and education at the end of April. Keep the rock steady.

What is your wish for Arizona’s children?

My wish for Arizona’s children is for them to feel like education really matters. I want them to know that they live in a safe state and country that cares about equipping them with the information, tools and skills to be successful in life. At the moment, I believe that children in Arizona schools are not convinced that the State and Country overall, have their backs regarding education and gun control.

 

Who do people contact if they want to offer you additional support or where do people send supplies if they want to make a donation to your class?
Thank you in advance, your support is appreciated and does make a difference.

 

My email address is: aran_kelly@yahoo.com

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MDTP awarded Cox Charities Grant!

Cox Charities Grants $543K to Arizona Nonprofits Focused on Youth

Cox Charities has granted $543,250 in funding to 80 Arizona nonprofits, such as Center for the Future of Arizona and Million Dollar Teacher Project, with the majority of the funding coming from Cox Communication’s 3,200 Arizona employees.

“Cox is committed to making a difference in Arizona by giving back to the communities we serve,” said John Wolfe, senior vice president and southwest region manager for Cox Communications. “We are proud to make this donation to local nonprofits whose missions are to support and educate youth.”

Center for the Future of Arizona will use the grant funding to expand the organization’s Participatory Budgeting in Schools work, which invites high school students to learn democracy by developing ideas and voting on specific projects that will build stronger school communities.

“It’s not only an investment in the school, but an investment in our students’ critical thinking, communication, problem solving abilities and their buy-in and ownership of the school,” said a Phoenix Union High School District Principal.

The Million Dollar Teacher Project funding will aid in the organization’s work in the Alhambra Elementary School District through its Classroom Support Team model which puts together a team to help the teacher in creating more opportunities for diversified and differentiated instruction in the classroom.

Since the program began in 1996, Cox Charities has awarded more than $7 million Arizona nonprofits that focus on youth and education.

Posted By  to on October 2, 2018 (https://frontdoorsmedia.com/2018/10/cox-charities-grants-543k-to-arizona-nonprofits-focused-on-youth/)

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Birthday Boy! : Benjamin’s Second Birthday Party Fundraiser!

 

Benjamin’s 2nd birthday is already here, and you all know that a new year comes with new challenges and opportunities for growth. Benjamin the Owl has left the nest, stretched his wings, and leveled up his game in helping teachers gain increased recognition, support, and compensation for their invaluable contributions to our communities that often go unappreciated. Through programs like Take a Teacher to Lunch and Classroom Support Teams, Benjamin has been off to a great start supporting teachers, but we know Benjamin needs the proper nourishment and direction for his continued success.

To really help Benjamin out, we need your help to contribute to the only birthday present he so graciously requested: an awesome fundraiser to help teachers! Benjamin says we need to ‘help support students by supporting teachers,’ and this fundraiser is going to make all that happen and more.


CHALLENGE!!!

Help us finish the Puzzle! The closer we reach our goal of $1500 the faster we can help Benjamin celebrate his birthday! (Check back on the social media pages to see the progress we make!)

You can help donate by contributing through Facebook or through our website if you do not have a facebook account.

Donations of $100 or more will gain a VIP invite to Benjamin’s Birthday Party!!

Click me to bring you to the Facebook Fundraiser!

Click me to Donate through the Website!

Be sure to follow Benjamin and MDTP on the social media here!

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Who is Benjamin?

Benjamin the Owl was born in an abandoned roost in Central Phoenix. With very little guidance from his parents, Benjamin felt neglected and was unsure of his purpose when the day would eventually come to spread his wings and leave the nest. Benjamin was a lonely owl at school. He was extremely intelligent and kind, but nobody wanted to befriend him. One day, Benjamin was approached by a teacher that inspired him to use his incredible smarts to help provide for his parents and attend college. This teacher also helped Benjamin make friendships that he thought were inaccessible. Benjamin was ever grateful for this teacher, who upon further examination was struggling to pay the bills and her voice neglected. The moment Benjamin realized that a teacher’s job to educate and inspire wasn’t being taken seriously by society, he found his passion and his purpose for his life. Benjamin has been a teacher’s greatest ally for two years. His philosophy on bettering the conditions of teachers consists of three pillars: recognition, support, and compensation. By bettering these three areas, teachers only feel more passionate and inspired by their work, and can provide a higher quality of education for their talented students. Benjamin always says that “we support students by supporting teachers.” Benjamin is looking towards expanding his mission by taking the good fight nationwide in the next few years so he can impact as many teacher’s as possible. However, as superb an owl Benjamin is, he is only one owl and cannot do everything alone. Benjamin needs help spreading his message, and you can help by supporting the work of MDTP by donating, volunteering, or even directly working for the growing organization.

If you want to learn more about Million Dollar Teacher Project and the great work it’s doing with Benjamin, check out this short, but inspiring video!

 

 

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One In A Million: Debbie Kunes

Name: Debbie Kunes
School: Phoenix Coding Academy
Grade: 9 & 11

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One In A Million: Monica Baird

Name: Monica Baird          


School:
Granada East


Grade:
5/6th Special Education

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One In A Million: Maria Madrigal

Name: Maria Madrigal

School: Granada Primary

Grade: 3

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