Tell us about your plans for your NEA Foundation funded grant project.
The grant provided funding for me to attend the National Council for Teachers of English (NCTE) Convention. For four days, I was immersed in learning and surrounded by people who love the same things I do—teaching and students. Teachers and presenters from all over the country led workshops on their areas of expertise. I love teaching students, and I love teaching teachers. Actually, it’s what I do best in life.
Nate Edwards, a mathematics teacher at Poplar Bridge Elementary School in Bloomington, MN, realized while traveling the world that he could use puppets to connect with people across language and cultural barriers.
Education support professionals (ESPs) play a vital role in America’s public schools, and like their colleagues in the classroom, they often find themselves without the funds necessary to implement great ideas. School nurses, para-educators,