“When I’m president, I am going to make sure all kids get to learn about STEM and the jobs they can do.”
– Lizbeth, 4th Grade Participant in Teacher-Driven STEM Programming
With the goal of making sure teachers and principals are valued, empowered and supported to ensure the highest impact learning experiences for every child in Collier County, Champions For Learning offers a variety of ways teachers can be connected with their community.
Through this process, educators have the opportunity to share a best practice with their community and fellow teachers. Each school in Collier County is invited to put forward a teacher to be recognized as a Teacher of Distinction to participate in this process to share and grow their best practice. The process culminates in the selection of six Golden Apple recipients.
"Champions For Learning has given me so many opportunities, I am so grateful to have been a part of this program."
- Hailey 2019 Graduate
"I really wanted to get involved with an organization and thanks to mentoring I was not only able to help a young person, but also have them impact me. The people at Champions For Learning are wonderful. They create amazing support. Volunteering with them has been very satisfying and a wonderful experience. "
– Jack Toren
Take Stock in Children Mentor
"Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime. Champions for learning has taught me to fish. They have taught me so many skills, which will allow me to succeed in the future."
– Melissa 2018 Graduate
"When we motivate students to learn, they prove that progress can happen far beyond the four walls of a classroom. When we to building relationships, celebrating success, and setting high expectations we empower them."
– Amanda McCoy Manatee Middle teacher
"As a community, we have to place value on learning, and we have to support it actively. One way to do that is to create opportunities for educators to collaborate and share best practices. It’s pretty simple, the stronger we make our teachers, the stronger their students will be."
– Cindy Helton Suncoast Credit Union, Executive Director