2023 Teaming Up With Teachers winners!
The Centra Foundation loves showing our appreciation for the educators in our Communities. That’s why every year we team up with teachers by giving away $500 gift cards to four lucky teachers in our Communities. We appreciate all the hard work they do in providing quality education for our youth!
But wait! What’s that? We’re adding an additional winner to this year’s Teaming Up With Teachers? You heard that right! For 2023, we’re awarding a total of five teachers in our Communities with $500 gift cards!
This year we had amazing engagement on social media! More than 500 people shared our Facebook post, reaching almost 95,000 people! Visit our Facebook page to watch Centra’s President announce the winners and an extra surprise for the more than 60 teachers who entered!
Abby Van Volkenburgh, North Vernon Elementary, Grade: K-2
“I teach a k-2 classroom that uses a trauma centered approach to shaping behavior. We teach academic curriculum while also teaching social emotional skills needed to preform day to day tasks in the classroom and around the community. $500 would help to build our classroom supplies of hands on learning materials, books, and supplies needed.”
Alex Zaring, Immanuel Lutheran School, Grade: 2
“I would use the money to buy options for flexible seating. I would also use the money to buy games to promote hands-on learning!”
Brittany Banister, Vienna-Finley Elementary, Grade: 1
“My first grade classroom is a fun, hands-on environment where student-led learning is front and center. Students are given freedom to learn in their style in a number of ways. With that comes expenses to provide hands-on learning to students. Any money won from Centra would be used toward hands-on learning experiences.”
Cheyenne Webster, Bright Beginnings, 2-year-olds
“I help teach 9 two year olds! We love to explore new things everyday. $500 would help with getting new sensory toys, and things we could do outside.”
Hannah Brown, Austin Elementary School, Grades: K-5 (STEM Special Area)
“I just finished student teaching, and I am currently teaching STEM to K-5th graders. This fall, I will start my first year teaching. If awarded, I plan to use the money to buy supplies for my classroom. This will help my students tremendously and help them grow.”