Mark Westpfahl Blog HeaderWhy Artifacts Help This History Teacher Captivate His Students

Mark Westpfahl teaches 6th and 7th grade History at Capitol Hill Magnet School in Saint Paul, Minnesota. He doesn’t want to teach in a lackluster environment,  so Mark fills his room with engaging “artifacts” that tell stories. “A classroom that’s just dull, drab, or a little bit boring doesn’t inspire kids to want to learn,” said […]

Featured Teacher AprilTeacher-Funded Classroom Makes Collaboration a Top-Priority

Katherine Haulter teaches 92 students in her 6th and 8th grade Honors English classes at River Valley Middle School in Jeffersonville, Indiana. Her classroom’s budget is completely self-funded, so she has to rummage for class materials or spend her own money to supply them. She spends around $3,000 each year to keep her classroom stocked with […]

Help These Projects BlogApril Featured Projects

Did you know? Teachers can use AdoptAClassroom.org to fundraise for specific projects. Check out these featured projects expiring soon or click here to find and support a classroom near you. Figure It Out! Barbara Fiaccone’s Classroom Sky Ranch Es Oklahoma City, OK Pencil, paper and your own “gray matter” are what counts! Barbara’s school serves a predominantly low-income […]

FC_Joy_BlogoA Music Classroom Where Every Student Is Important

Dr. David Lazerson understands what he does is serious… seriously fun, seriously unique, and seriously effective. Dr. Lazerson, also known as Dr. Laz, is a special education music and drama teacher at The Quest Center in Hollywood, Florida. There, Dr. Laz has created a one-of-a-kind classroom full of visual and sound effects for his students […]

Help These Projects BlogMarch Featured Projects

Did you know? Teachers can use AdoptAClassroom.org to fundraise for specific projects. Check out these featured projects expiring soon or click here to find and support a classroom near you. Possible Mentoring Through Inspirational Strategies Jacqueline Torres-Quinones’s Classroom South Dade Senior High School Homestead, FL Jacqueline’s students need exposure to community role models and relevant books to read […]

Featured ClassroomTechnology Would Help Special Ed Students Find Independence

As a Special Education teacher at Auburn Elementary School, Alexandria Lorentz is a much-needed advocate for her students. Alexandria works with students in Kindergarten through fifth grade, meaning she must cater to many different levels and learning styles. Consequently, she spent over $1000 during her first year teaching. Alexandria knew she wanted to help people […]

Blog world teacher day#IAmATeacher 50 States, 51 Stories

“We’re teachers and teaching is our life.” – Jolie B., Kindergarten Teacher Every day, teachers get up in front of their classrooms and do their jobs, and it’s a hard job. Still, teachers will often be the first ones to tell you that, despite the challenges, teaching is a beautiful profession. So we wanted to gather some of […]

Kymberli blog quoteFirst Year Teacher Discovers Supplies Make the Classroom

You can tell that Kymberli Cosner loves being a teacher. She lights up when you ask about her 4th grade science students. “My students are diverse for sure,” she said. “They’re really energetic and they’re responding really well which is very exciting.” Miss Cosner is also excited to create an environment where learning is fun. […]

paula colePaula Cole helps her students find their place in the world

Paula Cole is a teacher who knows how to adapt. She ensures that her students continue getting a strong, inclusive education no matter what changes happen in school or what struggles they face at home. Mrs. Cole is a 1st grade teacher at Emerson Elementary in Minneapolis, MN. Emerson Elementary is a dual Spanish immersion […]