Championing Great Classroom Leaders
The CFP Foundation’s primary platform, Extra Yard for Teachers, elevates the teaching profession by inspiring and empowering teachers through the implementation of programs in four focus areas: resources, recognition, recruitment and professional development.
The CFP Foundation utilizes multiple partnerships to execute its initiatives and support positive educational outcomes.
Teachers face multiple challenges in the profession today. The CFP Foundation hopes to address and make a difference in each of these areas over the next ten years.
HOW WE'RE HELPING
With the help of our valued partners, the CFP Foundation is spearheading the charge towards elevating the teaching profession using the high profile of college football through the four pillars.
December 2018 Honoree
Alyssa Cotton is determined that all her students will succeed. Cotton, a 10-year teaching veteran, teaches math and computer science and she in known for her tireless dedication to her students. “I always tell my students, if you are willing to work, I will be right there with you,” she says. Cotton spends her own money to purchase computer programs and test prep books for her students, and she posts videos to YouTube of each day’s lessons so students can review thorny subjects on their own. Besides opening up her lunch and prep periods to tutor students, she is in her classroom by 6 a.m. daily and stays to offer one-on-one coaching. Cotton lives and teaches by the mantra she often tells her students: “Hard work beats ability when ability doesn’t work.”
October 2018 Honoree
Marc Kimmerly teaches history and civics in Odessa, New York, a rural community that grew up around a grist mill built in 1801. It was in this close community that Kimmerly met Gabe Grover, a seventh grader who had just returned from the school system after being home-schooled for two years. Grover described himself as “really stressed out” about returning, but Kimmerly’s engaging teaching and interest in his students’ well-being alleviated his concerns.
“Right away, I was made to feel welcome and supported,” said Grover. “All kids can learn, they just have to be exposed to the material in a way that interests them and that means something to them … That’s what engages the students,” said Kimmerly.
September 2018 Honoree
Bailey Koerner, a math teacher at H.G. Hill Middle School in Nashville, Tenn., teaches her students a simple but powerful motto: Always give it your best shot. And never, ever give up.
The "growth mindset" that Koerner teachers has made a profound impact on her student DeAndrea Wright, who often felt frustrated and discouraged in math class. And yet, with Koerner's encouragement, Wright has excelled in the subject. "Now I love it!" Wright said. This attitude has influenced DeAndrea's life outside of school as well; because of one dedicated teacher, she now feels like there is nothing she can't do.
August 2018 Honoree
Adelina Vargas believes that teaching her students math is only part of her job at Thomas J. Rusk Middle School in Dallas, Texas: “Teaching is not only making sure a student achieves academic success, but also qualities the world needs, like empathy, love, and tolerance.”
Vargas is being recognized as Honored’s August Honoree for her work with eighth grader Perla Rosas, who arrived in Vargas’ class after having spent time in juvenile detention, rehab, and foster homes. Thanks to Vargas’ tutoring, mentorship, and unwavering dedication, Perla not only overcame her hurdles in math, but has imagined a new future for herself.
June 2018 Honoree
Every single person has value,” says Julie Moeller, a teacher and high school placement director at DC Prep, a public charter middle school in Washington, D.C. Finding value in each individual is exactly what she does at DC Prep, where she guides the school’s 8th graders, most who are deemed as "at risk", through the application process at some of most prestigious private schools in the nation.
Under Moeller’s tenure, DC Prep students have matriculated at an elite list
of school. "All parents want what is best for their children
and its rewarding to work with them to navigate their child’s future.”
May 2018 Honoree
Nicole Mathis-Berman, a dance teacher at the ArTES Magnet (Art, Theatre, Entertainment) school outside of Los Angeles, teaches her students more than classical dance technique: “The quote I often give to my students,” she says, “is ‘Stand firm in your beauty.’”
It is a lesson Mathis-Berman, a classically trained ballerina, has learned in a lifetime of studying the arts. Nicole teaches her students to articulate and manifest their own unique artistic vision, both by her steadfast support and encouragement in the classroom and studio and by the example she sets with her own life and work.
April 2018 Honoree
Mendoza was born in Guanajuato, Mexico and moved to the United
States in his early teens. Mendoza initially struggled with his schoolwork as he adjusted to a new language and culture. He persevered through these
difficult years and went on to become a college graduate and respected
He shares his personal experiences to connect with his students, many of whom are also struggling to succeed
against significant obstacles.
As one of his students, Gabriel Holguin, describes, “Mr. Mendoza always told me that if he could achieve his goals, why couldn’t I?”