We invite you to be a part of this years program where we come together as a community to supporting teachers working in local classrooms this coming school year!
If you would like to donate basic classroom necessities such as markers, crayons, glue sticks, liquid glue, pencils, paper, expo markers, tissues, etc. please visit one of our drop-box locations below. Thank you to these local businesses for partnering with us to support our teachers!
Retro Zone Arcade:
3577 Fowler St. Fort Myers
The Sunny Bar:
6900 Daniels Pkwy. Fort Myers
Chicken Salad Chick:
7925 Dani Dr. Fort Myers
Little Dreamers Preschool:
13235 Palm Beach Blvd, Fort Myers
Chicken Salad Chick:
10151 Estero Town Commons Pl.
1634 SE 47th St. Cape Coral
LPG @ Cape Hospital:
650 Del Prado Blvd. Cape Coral
Here you can find a list of local teachers along with their amazon wishlists. For privacy reasons we have not included names, just school/grade they are teaching.
Heights Elementary, First Grade
I am going into my 17th year teaching. I became a teacher to make a difference in children’s lives. I love watching them grow and learn. I love seeing them get their “aha” moments when it clicks for them and they start reading or understanding what I am teaching.
Patriot Elementary, Second Grade, ESE
I am the ESE teacher in the classroom as well as the ESE department chair at my school. This will be my ninth year doing the exact same job at the exact same school. I love it! My favorite thing about my job is giving these kids the love they might not get at home. Making sure these kids know they are worth it and can do whatever they believe in no matter how long it may take them sometimes. They make my life better!
Mirror Lakes Elementary, Second Grade
I have been teaching since 2005. I have always wanted to be a teacher since I was a little kid. I’d use a white board in the driveway and would play school all the time. I love my job! I get to help kids reach their full potential. Every day is a new adventure, there is NEVER a dull moment! Thanks a million for supporting teachers!!
Skyline Elementary, Second Grade
This is my 13th year of teaching! I have also coached kids hockey for over 20 years. I love to foster curiosity and creativity both on the hockey rink and in the classroom. My favorite thing about teaching is building relationships with students. I love getting to know my students and creating engaging lessons that interest my students. I believe that building relationships with students has a long lasting impact on students. I specifically remember my 2nd grade teacher because of her relationship she built with me. I struggled with math and she introduced me to creative strategies that made me successful in the classroom. She cared about me being successful and I hope to impact students the same way! Thank you!!!
Fifth Grade, Allen Park Elementary
This is technically going to be my second year of teaching, but I took last year off after having two babies back to back. I’ve known I wanted to be a teacher ever since I was little. My friends would get annoyed with me because I always wanted to play school but never allowed anyone else to be the teacher. My favorite thing about being a teacher is just being there for my students. Majority of my students come from low income families and a lot of them don’t get the love and support they need at home. I take pride in making my classroom a safe space for anyone who needs it. I’m so excited to get back into my classroom in August and meet my new kiddos
Gulf Middle School, 6-8th grade Math
This will be my 11th year teaching. I was very fortunate to know from a young age (10) that I wanted to be a math teacher. I love helping others learn something new. When a student is struggling, has the courage to ask for help, and then learns the topic and you can see their smile with confidence, that's why teachers do what we do. I have heard so many times someone say, "I'm just not good at math." I love replying with, "You mean, yet. When we add Yet to that sentence, anything is still possible." We learn and maybe make mistakes, that's what erasers are for.
Franklin Park Elementary, Second Grade
I went into teaching as a way to help the community I grew up in. I was very poor growing up and school was my only safe place so I know how important it can be for some children. I found a school to work in where the children have been through so so much. They've seen things I could never imagine going through. My babies have become my family, literally. They have been with me through my pregnancy and met my baby. We've cried, laughed, screamed and so much more together. Every single child that's walked into my classroom has become one of my own. My school is a really difficult place to work at, many people don't make it past the first year. But once the children see that you really love them and plan on sticking around, you'll never feel the kind of love they give you again.
James Stevens Elementary, Third Grade
I teach at James Stephens Elementary school. It’s a title 1 school by the flea market, and currently the only STEM magnet elementary school in the district! This is my third year teaching in Lee County and my 12th year overall. I teach third grade math and science and absolutely LOVE it!!
My 8th grade social studies teacher is who inspired me to consider teaching as a career. I wanted to be a lawyer up until then. He was an amazing teacher and I respected him immensely. But more importantly I felt like he respected me and knew me. I had never thought about teaching until that conversation with him. Relationship building is absolutely one of my favorite parts of teaching and I owe that to Mr. McEwen.
Tropic Isles Elementary, Third Grade
I am entering my 20th year of teaching and my 2nd year teaching 3rd. Ever since I was little I played teacher with my dolls and my friends. When I was in high school I had this amazing teacher who supported me and helped me with math. The way she was always there for me helping me when I needed it made my love of the profession grow even more. My favorite part of teaching is growing my new family every year. We learn to love and respect each other and grow our community
Orangewood Elementary, Third Grade
This will be my second year teaching. I became a teacher after wanting to for so many years and finally getting the courage to. I love the light bulb moments when students work through tough moments to come out the other side, to be a trusted adult in their circle and their biggest cheerleader during this time in their life. I know I have so much to learn and so many things to grow into but I’m trying hard to be a great teacher everyday!
Challenger Middle, Special Education
I currently teach a self-contained classroom for student in the Social Functioning setting, as well as Reading for students with large academic deficits and a social skill class. Middle school age students need nurturing, patience, love, and mentoring beyond academic education. I always told my self I would stop teaching when it became a job. Luckily for me it is still my passion. When asked what I love about it most? The only answer I have ever been able to provide that makes sense for how I feel is this:
If you are a parent, do you remember how it felt to see your child walk for the first time? That's how I feel every time my kids get/learn something
Babcock High School, French
I am a brand new teacher to the SWFL area.
In Illinois, I taught all levels of French offered by our high school, I ran our school’s French club, French Honor Society, and I was even lucky enough to organize a trip to France with a colleague to share the French culture with my wonderful students. I went into teaching because I truly want to make a difference in students’ lives (while also having fun learning a new language). My favorite thing about what I do is hearing the impact I’ve made on a student’s life after high school. Knowing I’ve made a positive impact is the most wonderful feeling!
Because I recently moved, I unfortunately was unable to bring most of what I accrued in my classroom. Luckily, what I left at my old school is being used by a new teacher— I was happy to donate! I’m starting out fresh here, and looking forward to a new school year in sunny Florida.
Caloosa Elementary, Third Grade
This will be my 11th year. I am excited to start a new year and can not wait to meet my new group of kiddos. I love third graders. It is amazing to see kids excited about learning something new
James Stephens Elementary School, Kindergarten
JSES is home to many students who come from a low socioeconomic background, and it is my hope that I can set my students up with the best educational foundation possible. I am starting my kindergarten classroom from scratch, meaning that purchasing the majority of the supplies to make my classroom a wonderful learning environment will be on me. Any help that you and your foundation could provide with purchasing some of my supplies would be greatly appreciated by me, and will make a profound impact on my students. I would be so grateful.
I have been a teacher for about 5 years. This will be my first year back to teaching since being a stay at home home mom for 5 years. This year I will be a fourth grade teacher. I have worked a ton in children's ministry throughout my stay at home mom life and absolutely love spending time with kids and watching them grow and progress in their learning and social skills. I love making a difference in children's lives and providing a positive learning environment where they can thrive.