Hey, I'm Alyssa
This will be my 4th year of teaching, and all 4 years have been in title 1 schools. Title 1 schools are amazing in their own ways but full of challenges at the same time. The amazing parts of title 1 schools are hands down, the students; they are full…Read more
This will be my 4th year of teaching, and all 4 years have been in title 1 schools. Title 1 schools are amazing in their own ways but full of challenges at the same time. The amazing parts of title 1 schools are hands down, the students; they are full of life, love, compassion, grit, and so much more. I love title 1 students and can’t see myself leaving title 1 schools. These kids need a caring adult, someone who will understand their struggles, someone who cares about them and loves them, someone who is there for them when they need, someone who will go above and beyond. And that’s who I want to be; I want to be that caring adult for every student in my classroom. However, more often than not, us teachers are spent teaching these life skills and social/emotional skills to students while also trying to teach them academics, which has challenges in its own ranging from behavioral issues, lack of resources, not enough time, etc. Within title 1 schools, one of the biggest challenges for myself is the lack of resources and funding for students. Teachers are often not given funds to supply materials for their own classroom and students, which everyone knows we end up doing- it gets expensive and adds up quickly. Being able to receive donations for my classroom would mean the world to me and help my students so much more than I’ll be able to on my own.
One thing I always tell my students is, “believe in you like I believe in you.” This stuck with my students all last year and many said it was their favorite quote ever. “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” -Nelson Mandela”
What will the funds be used for
This funding will help my classroom in many ways. I’ll be teaching 2 groups of math and 1 group of science, about 52 students total, at a title 1 STEAM academy this year, where many students are coming from low income households. My plans with these donations is to have extra supplies on hand for my students, keep snacks in the classroom for those who may be hungry, have grade appropriate reading books for my class library, math manipulatives to help build stronger connections with strategies, provide flexible seating options to support students who learn and prefer to work in different places, and provide more resources for my safe place which is compiled of pillows, stuffed animals, fidgets, essential oils, and more for mental health supports within my classroom.