History & Why We Chose This School
Opened in 1956, R.E. Simpson School is a 5th through 8th-grade school belonging in the Alhambra Elementary School District. AESD’s 2017 Preliminary Letter Grade of Simpson School was a D, meaning it was minimally performing. Even with that grade, Million Dollar Teacher Project noticed the hard work that Simpson School takes to ensure that their students are exposed to opportunities where they can be empowered with success. Classroom supplies play a huge factor in making sure every student has the equal amount of opportunities. However, not every school gets to be provided with enough school supplies. Million Dollar Teacher Project has often seen that teachers spend up to $1,000 of their money to impart supplies for their students.
That is why Million Dollar Teacher Project has decided to launch the Million Dollar Teacher Tree. The mission is to engage the community to show their support of teachers by providing classroom supplies and professional development. We want to be able to start the school year off strong without having our educators worry about school supplies or seeking ways to expand their skills.
I am Amy Rosengren, a 6th grade science teacher. I went into the field of education to better the future. I love seeing the aha moments and knowing I make a difference in the lives of my students and their families. This will be the start of my 12th year in teaching and I’m looking forward to continuing my impact! Thank you for supporting teachers and schools in Arizona!
I am a sixth-grade math teacher and I absolutely love it! I strive to show a different perspective of math in order to engage students. Closing the gap in mathematics is my ultimate goal every year. I am entering my fifth year as a teacher and I do not plan on leaving anytime soon!
Classroom Management Workshops
I have been teaching art for 18 years in public schools in Arizona and Nevada. I always loved my art classes in school and could see myself teaching art as a profession. The rewards of teaching are truly a gift. I am teaching 6th-8th grades in Alhambra Elementary School District and strive to impact my students with art skills, knowledge, and opportunities in the community.
Arizona Art Educators
National Art Educators Conference
My name is Marc Zara. I teach English Language Development to students in the 5th grade. I have been teaching ELD for 7 years. I first went into teaching because I wanted to make an impact on my community by helping children. I am always committed to helping students and even tutor kids. I am a father to twin daughters and married to another teacher.
My name is Brian Piendl I am the 8th grade History and soon to be Civics teacher. I have been teaching for almost 7 years! But the dream started in 6th grade. I was asked to tutor a fellow student in English class for an upcoming exam. Boy did we struggle together. The day of the exam came and went, he thought he failed it. But when we finally got our tests back he approached me with the biggest smile on his face, he passed, he was so excited and happy that he passed that it filled me with joy and a sense of purpose. I now knew what I wanted to do with the rest of my life.
Education Training Workshops
Social Studies Professional Development
General Music and Band
Tori Thompson is a middle school band director. Born and raised in Ohio, she decided to go into teaching as a youth because her elementary music teacher was awesome and she wanted a job that gave her time to travel! Tori earned a Bachelor of Music Education from Jackson State University in Jackson, MS. She also holds Level 2 Kodaly Certification as a Folk Song Specialist.
Teacher Certification Renewal
Music and Band Workshop
Hi, my name is Peter Messieha and teach 6th grade Pre-Algebra to a wonderfully talented diverse group of students in downtown Phoenix. I chose this career among others in college because of my zest for teaching children in creative ways. I truly enjoy it when students collaborate in teams to expand and explore new content that I have just shared with them. Coming to the USA and learning English with two parents who spoke Arabic was tough for me. As an ESL student early in my education, I was inspired to be a teacher because of the undying devotion of my 2nd grade teacher Ms. Malinoff. She helped me learn English with audio books, grammar resources, and was a confidant when I needed to ask what some might consider silly questions. Education is more than a career move, it is my way to give back to the teachers that believed in me along the way and use the blessings God has given me to impact others.
STEAM Education Training
I teach Physical Education at Simpson Middle School and Westwood Elementary School. I love instilling a passion for sports and fitness. I want to provide my students with the same opportunities that I had and help them develop the habits, skills, and knowledge to live a healthy life.
I am currently teaching 3rd grade and have been teaching for over 10 years. I became a teacher to give back to youth, like I was given the chance in grade school. Teaching is my calling and love every minute of it. I enjoy teaching in inner city schools, it gives me the opportunity to not only teach, but also be apart of the community.
Technology Development (Google Classroom Training)
I am a 7th grade Social Studies teacher at R. E. Simpson School in the Alhambra Elementary School District in Phoenix, AZ. I decided to go into teaching because in all my previous jobs, I noticed that the best part of the job was when I was training new employees, or in other words, teaching. I love the transfer of knowledge from one to another, so I made teaching a full-time career.
Social Studies Workshops
Million Dollar Teacher Tree was first developed in a classroom by students in a program called, Next Generation Service Corps at Arizona State University in December of 2017. These students were tasked by Lloyd Hopkins, founder of Million Dollar Teacher project with developing a project that can potentially become an integral part in helping MDTP achieve its mission. The group eventually developed the original prototype for Million Dollar Teacher Tree—a cutout dollar sign that would be placed in surrounding businesses near the partner school. The idea was pitched to staff members of MDTP during the last of their class, and the project was picked up by MDTP as a new pilot program for the organization. After many months of planning, the prototype was eventually revamped into what it is today, Million Dollar Teacher Tree.