About Million Dollar Teacher Project
In the last couple years, Million Dollar Teacher Project has affected over 13 school districts in the Valley and over 1000 teachers since 2017-- the numbers only continue to grow. As a certified 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to elevate the teaching profession, MDTP focuses on three pillars-- recognition, compensation, and support. Along with passionate volunteers, interns, and board members who value education, Million Dollar Teacher Project has created various programs that have been geared to target each pillar to show a positive and sustainable difference--one of those programs being the Million Dollar Teacher Tree.
In the summer of 2018, Million Dollar Teacher Project planned and implemented a pilot program known as the Million Dollar Teacher Tree. MDTP recognizes the lack of connectivity and community support as one of the primary reasons to leave the teaching profession; thus, leading MDTP towards a path to change that through the Million Dollar Teacher Tree.
The mission of MDTT is to invite the community to show their appreciation of teachers by providing classroom supplies and support for professional development-- thus, presenting the necessary tools for the success of not only themselves, but for their students. Therefore, any donations received during this teacher classroom supply drive will go 1000% into supporting teachers with supplies.
A Bit More About Our Programs
In Teachers We Trust Fund
Through this endowment, we will award application-based grants to creative solutions that increase teacher compensation; need-based grants for teachers; and application-based financial aid for schools to increase their teacher’s compensation and implement other MDTP programs.
One in a Million Teacher Feature
In partnership with Mix 96.9, we feature one extra-amazing teacher and highlight their achievements in a radio segment! Monthly, our One In a Million Teacher speaks with Matthew Blades on air, gets a 1-hour massage courtesy of Massage Envy and a 4-person party at Peter Piper Pizza!
Take a Teacher to Lunch
We bring fully catered lunches to schools so that teachers get the love they deserve! Partnerships with companies like Culinary Dropout, Panera, and Macayo’s allow us to bring these lunches to schools, engaging the business community in celebrating teachers.
Classroom Support Team
We leverage partnerships to place talented individuals in classrooms to lighten the load on educators. The team includes a technology specialist, student teacher, teaching assistant, and parent engagement specialist, successfully improving student performance and teacher morale.
The Million Dollar Teacher Tree
During the back-to-school season, we support teachers by providing all the supplies they need for a great school year! Teachers submit a list of items they need to the MDTP. These items become “apples” on the Million Dollar Teacher Tree in local malls. Anyone can "pick" an apple and donate the item on the list by shopping for it at the mall and dropping it off in person at the tree or by buying the item on Amazon