Suntec was at it again! Thanks to the families at Suntec Concrete, we have granted wishes to some very deserving individuals who make huge impacts in the communities around us. It’s amazing when you give a teacher a blank check and ask them to provide you with some items they could use to better education. The things they come up with are incredible!
Emily Nicholas – Country Meadows
“One of my favorite parts of teaching is the bond created with the students, and getting to see their amazing growth from the beginning of the year until the end of the year. Each day I do my best to make a difference with my students. Pulling them back one-on-one or in small groups to help meet their needs is something I do each day. I also make it a priority to keep in constant contact with parents and guardians to ensure that I am doing all I can to help their child to be successful. I am always willing to spend time before and after school to meet with parents if needed. I also like to send home extra games or learning materials if that can benefit my students. Overall, I want my students to be happy in my class and to know that I truly care about them.”
Items Requested: Cassette/CD Player, Headphones, Lakeshore Reading Activity Centers, Math Centers, Sight Word Games, STEM Stations.
Darren Diehl – Tuscano Elementary
“I am a teacher who will do anything to make sure my students are success. I feel the biggest challenges in a classroom are school supplies. Many students do not come in with any supplies. I usually spend about $1,000 just for my classroom every year plus another $1,000 for my wife’s classroom. I strive to make a difference by integrating life lessons into my classroom every day. We have a weekly award called the “Thankful Award,” which we give out each Thursday. This award allows them to give thanks for people who have helped them throughout their school time here at Tuscano. It is a pretty awesome thing to witness. I tell them everyday, ‘It’s not how good you are, it’s how bad you want it. It’s All about Heart!’”
Items Requested: Spiral Note Books, Dry Erase Lap Boards, HP Chrome Books, Out of My Mind Book, Sophia’s War Book
Annette Markley – Tuscano Elementary
“I teach because I enjoy helping children learn about their world and themselves. Watching a student’s face when they solve a problem or realize they can use a particular strategy to get an answer is very exciting to me. Over the past 30 years, I have helped students learn reading, writing and math skills using basic manipulatives with paper and pencils. Now I am helping them to learn computer skills, research skills using search engines and STEM skills as well as the requisite reading, writing and math skills. Teaching lets me learn new skills and gain new insights into the world in which I live through my students eyes.”
Items Requested: EVO Bot Classroom Kit, Qball Throwable Microphone, Battling Dinosaurs Books, Ocean Monsters books, iSolar System, and iScience Forces and Explosives Experiments.
Elizabeth Diel – Tuscano Elementary
“Our classroom is a mixed ELL classroom, which means that some students are English Language Learners. My kindergarten students and I love coming to school every day! My students are very eager learners and excel the most when learning through hands-on, engaging activities. The philosophy in our classroom is that we can accomplish anything we put our minds to. The words ‘I can’t’ are replaced with ‘I am going to try my best.’ I want my students to believe that they can accomplish anything they set out to do no matter what challenge is put in front of them.”
Items Requested: Fire Tablets, Crayola Crayons, Glue Sticks, Pencils, Fishing for Sight Words, Tactile Uppercase Letters, Build Simple Sight Words Center, Write the Letter Activity Center.