Nominate an Empowering Educator

Current Events & News, Parent & Family Engagement, Teachers & Principals | 04/23/2019

Kayla Mattas
Marketing and Communications Manager

My son’s teacher is on maternity leave, but she still showed up for his field trip. She even still texts me to check in and see how’s he’s doing while she’s on leave.

In a year of being in her class, my son has met all the goals on his Individualized Education Plan (IEP). She has helped my son gain confidence and advocate for himself outside of his home setting. She’s worked with him on colors, numbers, spelling, writing, reading, and peer interaction through tantrums and the adjustment period of joining her class. He’s now passing his Kindergarten readiness tests.

She helps all the Deaf and hard of hearing (D/HH) kids in her class through creative lesson plans and on-their-level understanding. She brings in visual cues and provides learning though personalized measures for all her students. My son, Langston, can’t wait to come home and tell me about school. Since she’s currently on maternity leave, he’s constantly asking about her and when she will be back. She’s left an impression on my son and helped him grow.

Beyond what she’s done for my son, she makes me feel safe in sending my child to her class. As a mother of a 4-year-old already in public school, I can’t put a price on the reassurance she’s offered me as his tiny stature hops onto the big yellow bus each morning. I know he’s safe. I know he’s cared for. I know he’s learning.

Do you know an empowering Indiana educator? By nominating an empowering teacher you know, a teacher who serves public school kids in the state of Indiana, you’re showing them you care.

Winning teachers will receive as much as a $1,500 credit through These funds can really help a public school teacher who often reaches into their own pockets to purchase items for their classes. So, go ahead and show a great teacher that you see all the work they are doing today by answering one question: How is the teacher you are nominating an empowering educator?

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