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.
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?”
March 2018 Honoree
Quihong Zhang grew up in China, and when she began learning English in
high school, she had the revelation that would become her life’s work: “Learning another language made me open my mind to see the world from different views.”
She taught for eight years in China before moving with her family to Green Bay. At Notre Dame, Zhang teaches her students Mandarin by exposing them to Chinese culture. “I see myself as a cultural ambassador,” she said.
She utilizes music, games, and real-life applications of the language to teach her students. “You can’t just push a student to succeed; they need to enjoy the process,” she said.
February 2018 Honoree
Jon Anderson is a Colorado educator at Eagle Rock School, a tuition-free alternative high school specifically designed to engage kids who haven’t had success in traditional learning environments.
“I was interested in ways to teach that weren’t the lecture-style that I grew up with that didn’t actually work for me as a student,” he said.
Anderson's investment in his students led to a significant impact on one student in particular, Vidal Carrillo, who says he would be a "completely different person" if he had not met Jon.
January 2018 Honoree
Kindergarten teacher Monique Castro is a champion for young girls when it comes to STEM subjects. Castro hopes to boost girls' confidence so they can play a larger role in these subjects in the future.
One third-grade student, says, “Ms. Castro taught us to grow our brains and grow up to be mathematicians.”
Monique often quotes NASA ambassador Nichelle Nichols: “Science is not a boy’s game, it’s not a girl’s game. It’s everyone’s game. It’s about where we are and where we’re going.”
December 2017 Honoree
A physics lab in Baltimore at Western High School, the oldest public all-girls school in the United States, is where Mr. V could most recently be found at the age of 80.
“If I’d wanted life to be easier I would have taken some other job,” said Mr. V. “Other places you work, you deal with files, folders. But you are talking about a child’s life here, and if you miss the chance their life is just blasted. How can anyone say that is not an important job?”
November 2017 Honoree
After Hurricane Harvey, Kristen McClintock, a 35-year-old teacher from Houston Independent School District, visited temporary shelters with a mission to provide assistance to students who had been displaced from their homes and their schools.
McClintock started “Teachers Volunteering in Shelters” that encouraged teachers to volunteer to work at any of the 200 shelters set up around the city. Within days, almost 1,400 teachers had signed up to teach at the shelters.
“We were just doing what we were called to do,” said McClintock. “We were taking care of our kids.”