CHAMPIONING GREAT CLASSROOM LEADERS
The mission of Extra Yard for Teachers is to elevate the teaching profession by inspiring and empowering teachers.
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 four pillars: resources, recognition, recruitment and professional development.
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.”