Serving over 240 schools in the Marion County area means we get to meet an exceptional and diverse group of educators. Everyone's experience is unique, which is why we want to spotlight some of the awesome teachers who walk through our doors.
Up first is Jorge Lopez, one of our 2015 Teacher of the Year finalists who teaches mathematics at Providence Cristo Rey High School.
When did you know teaching was for you?
I knew that teaching was for me in my senior year of high school. I did multiple sports camps for kids and was a summer camp counselor at the YMCA, confirming that my purpose was to have a positive influence on our youth.
What’s been your most memorable moment in the classroom?
One of my colleagues and I had epic "Catch Phrase" battles between our Honors classes on our scheduled fun days. Kids really do say some of the darndest things, especially when a timer is going. Oh and 2 weeks ago, that colleague became my wife!
How has Teachers’ Treasures helped you and your students?
My students and I are blessed to have Teachers' Treasures in our lives. They are now much more organized and prepared for class because of the binders, paper, writing utensils, and other goodies we have collected. They can focus on what's important, learning.
If you weren’t teaching, where would you be?
I would probably be working at a minor/major league professional team in the offices.
What do you wish more people knew about teachers?
Real teachers love what they do. Maybe they don't like it every day, but we have one of the most important jobs other than being a parent. We are molding the minds of our future into becoming a positive member of society. We are grinding 50-60 hours a week to make sure our students have a positive experience every single day.
Any words of wisdom for those just starting out in their career or considering education as their career?
We are the ninjas of the working world. We are rarely seen on TV or praised for major accolades, but we take great pride in our students' outcomes. Personally, I am honored to lead our young adults during one of their most important times in their lives.
Thanks so much for sharing more about your experiences as an educator, Jorge!
Stay tuned for teacher features in the coming months.
July is coming to an end and we’re officially in full back to school madness mode!
Teachers will once again be shopping our aisles starting the week of August 3--an event we’ve been preparing for all summer long. This is one of our busiest times of year, and it’s also one of the easiest times to get involved and give back!
Check out these three ways to support Teachers’ Treasures the next few weeks:
Gr8 Paper Push
We’re thrilled to have partnered with WISH-TV for a supply drive that includes individual giving and a fun corporate challenge with a big reward.
From July 27 through August 7, you can drop off supply donations at Financial Center First Credit Union locations throughout Indy. Our biggest wish list items include copy paper, construction paper, looseleaf notebook paper, and notebooks--items of which we can never have too many!
In addition, WISH-TV is generously giving an awesome incentive to businesses who register for their corporate challenge: the chance to win $10,000 advertising on their schedule.
To learn more details, including how to register for the corporate challenge, please visit WISH-TV’s Gr8 Paper Push page.
Community Support Day at Whole Foods
Grab your market totes and enjoy shopping for your weekly groceries while automatically supporting Teachers’ Treasures!
On Tuesday, August 11, we’ll be the official organization for Whole Foods’ Community Support Day. A total of 5% of sales from the day at the 86th Street (1300 East 86th St, Indianapolis) and Clay Terrace (14598 Clay Terrace Blvd, Carmel) locations will be donated--making a potentially HUGE impact on Indy’s teachers and kids.
FREE Download of Tori Kelly’s Song = Dollars in the Classroom
Target has long been an amazing supporter, and this year they’re making getting supplies in the classroom as easy as ABC.
For a limited time, download Tori Kelly’s “ABC” for free, and Target will donate $5 of school supplies to our partner organization, Kids in Need Foundation.
That’s $5 of life-changing supplies with the simple click of a button! Visit this page to download.
Looking for other ways to give back? Volunteers are always welcome, especially during the next few months of back-to-school season. Learn more about our opportunities here.
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Teachers' Treasures supports Indianapolis area teachers and students in need by distributing free school supplies through our teacher store. Learn more here.