ELEVATE AN
EDUCATOR 2021

The critical role Educators play in American society is undeniable. EDUCATORS are ELEVATORS: Educators Teach. Educators Influence. Educators Create. Educators Matter. Where would you be today if it weren't for the Educators in your life, where would our children be? At Freadom, we believe Educators are Elevators, because they lift us all up, now it is time to lift them up! Nominate the educators who have or are making a real difference.

Nominations are open from, International Literacy Day, September 8, 2021 through February 1, 2022, the day marking the first 100 days of school. EVERY nominator receives a free sticker pack worth $10 and EVERY nominee will receive a digital gift card for cool Freadom Swag! One nominee will be selected as Freadom's 2021 Most Valuable Educator and will receive a $500 Gift Card.


This is our second annual Elevate an Educator Campaign. The goal is to have nominations from all 50 states. Think about the Educators who elevated you or who are elevating our children now and nominate them today!

ELEVATE AN
EDUCATOR 2021

The critical role Educators play in American society is undeniable. EDUCATORS are ELEVATORS: Educators Teach. Educators Influence. Educators Create. Educators Matter. Where would you be today if it weren't for the Educators in your life, where would our children be? At Freadom, we believe Educators are Elevators, because they lift us all up, now it is time to lift them up! Nominate the educators who have or are making a real difference.

Nominations are open from, International Literacy Day, September 8, 2021 through February 1, 2021, the day marking the first 100 days of school. EVERY nominator receives a free sticker pack worth $10 and EVERY nominee will receive a digital gift card for cool Freadom Swag! One nominee will be selected as Freadom's 2021 Most Valuable Educator and will receive a $500 Gift Card.


This is our second annual Elevate an Educator Campaign. The goal is to have nominations from all 50 states. Think about the Educators who elevated you or who are elevating our children now and nominate them today!

FEATURED NOMINATIONS FROM ELEVATE AN EDUCATOR 2020:

Melissa Thom
West Hartford, Connecticut

"I just can’t say enough about Melissa Thom’s infectious love for books! She has an intense admiration for collecting but most importantly sharing books! She is best known for her school-wide culture of reading initiatives."

Setrina Byrd
Monroe, NC

"Setrina Byrd is an Assistant Principal at Monroe Middle School in Union County, North Carolina. Every one of her interactions is grace-filled, whether it involve her students or her staff members. She inspires everyone around her to be kinder and more compassionate."

Joseph Napier  
Hazel Crest, IL

"Often Mr. Napier is called the child whisperer because of the wonderful connection that he makes with his students. He is a solid teacher that listens and cares about every student that comes into contact with him. He has an upbeat and positive personality that is infectious."

Donna Wilberding
Piqua, OH

"The impact that she made extends beyond the classroom as countless former students followed her into the education profession. She remains in close contact with many of them as colleagues, friends and even mentored several in their early years of teaching."

Melissa Thom
West Hartford, Connecticut

"I just can’t say enough about Melissa Thom’s infectious love for books! She has an intense admiration for collecting but most importantly sharing books! She is best known for her school-wide culture of reading initiatives."

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Nominated by Ali Schilpp

What is this educator's superpower? I just can’t say enough about Melissa Thom’s infectious love for books! She has an intense admiration for collecting but most importantly sharing books! She is best known for her school-wide culture of reading initiatives. I know that her middle scholars are fortunate to have her but I would also like to credit Melissa for the work and support she provides for fellow school librarians. Her friendly and go-getter personality makes her a standout and a genuine advocate for school librarianship. She creates pillows and masks with literacy themed prints and recently became a Little Free Library steward. Her partner built her LFL for her recent birthday! Melissa has been a dear friend to me and many educators. She is very good at including and encouraging everyone to participate which was very much needed during our school closures. At a time when we were all unsure how to navigate as virtual librarians, she was a bright light! I hope to spotlight her and share her love of reading and connecting through stories!

 

Setrina Byrd
Monroe, NC

"Setrina Byrd is an Assistant Principal at Monroe Middle School in Union County, North Carolina. Every one of her interactions is grace-filled, whether it involve her students or her staff members. She inspires everyone around her to be kinder and more compassionate."

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Nominated by Elaine Shobert

Setrina Byrd is an Assistant Principal at Monroe Middle School in Union County, North Carolina. Every one of her interactions is grace-filled, whether it involve her students or her staff members. She inspires everyone around her to be kinder and more compassionate.
In November, 2018 I had the opportunity to attend NCTE National Convention with Setrina. We sat side by side and listened as Christopher Emdin presented his hip-hop pedagogy and the impact white educators have on black students when they-intentionally or unintentionally-force their culture onto their students. I had so many questions and so much to learn, and I didn't even know it. Setrina, in all her grace and wisdom, listened and guided me. While I still have much to learn about being an antiracist educator, and recognize that it is not Setrina's burden to carry for me, she continues to set a solid example for all those who are blessed enough to cross her professional or personal path. Educators like Setrina are essential and deserve to be elevated.

Joseph Napier  
Hazel Crest, IL

"Often Mr. Napier is called the child whisperer because of the wonderful connection that he makes with his students. He is a solid teacher that listens and cares about every student that comes into contact with him. He has an upbeat and positive personality that is infectious."

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Nominated by Daniel Peters

Often Mr. Napier is called the child whisperer because of the wonderful connection that he makes with his students. He is a solid teacher that listens and cares about every student that comes into contact with him. He has an upbeat and positive personality that is infectious. Students, teachers, staff, and administration all agree that after talking to Mr. Napier you have no choice but to be in a good mood. A basketball coach, teacher, mentor, and all around great human being that is a solid member of the faculty. A ton of respect for a teacher like Coach Napier!

 

Donna Wilberding
Piqua, OH

"The impact that she made extends beyond the classroom as countless former students followed her into the education profession. She remains in close contact with many of them as colleagues, friends and even mentored several in their early years of teaching."

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Nominated by Chris Wilberding

Donna Wilberding spent nearly 30 years in the classroom teaching primarily Spanish, but also English in West Cental Ohio. The impact that she made extends beyond the classroom as countless former students followed her into the education profession. She remains in close contact with many of them as colleagues, friends and even mentored several in their early years of teaching.

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Nominated by Ali Schilpp

What is this educator's superpower? I just can’t say enough about Melissa Thom’s infectious love for books! She has an intense admiration for collecting but most importantly sharing books! She is best known for her school-wide culture of reading initiatives. I know that her middle scholars are fortunate to have her but I would also like to credit Melissa for the work and support she provides for fellow school librarians. Her friendly and go-getter personality makes her a standout and a genuine advocate for school librarianship. She creates pillows and masks with literacy themed prints and recently became a Little Free Library steward. Her partner built her LFL for her recent birthday! Melissa has been a dear friend to me and many educators. She is very good at including and encouraging everyone to participate which was very much needed during our school closures. At a time when we were all unsure how to navigate as virtual librarians, she was a bright light! I hope to spotlight her and share her love of reading and connecting through stories!

 

Read Full Nomination

Nominated by Elaine Shobert

Setrina Byrd is an Assistant Principal at Monroe Middle School in Union County, North Carolina. Every one of her interactions is grace-filled, whether it involve her students or her staff members. She inspires everyone around her to be kinder and more compassionate.
In November, 2018 I had the opportunity to attend NCTE National Convention with Setrina. We sat side by side and listened as Christopher Emdin presented his hip-hop pedagogy and the impact white educators have on black students when they-intentionally or unintentionally-force their culture onto their students. I had so many questions and so much to learn, and I didn't even know it. Setrina, in all her grace and wisdom, listened and guided me. While I still have much to learn about being an antiracist educator, and recognize that it is not Setrina's burden to carry for me, she continues to set a solid example for all those who are blessed enough to cross her professional or personal path. Educators like Setrina are essential and deserve to be elevated.

Read Full Nomination

Nominated by Daniel Peters

Often Mr. Napier is called the child whisperer because of the wonderful connection that he makes with his students. He is a solid teacher that listens and cares about every student that comes into contact with him. He has an upbeat and positive personality that is infectious. Students, teachers, staff, and administration all agree that after talking to Mr. Napier you have no choice but to be in a good mood. A basketball coach, teacher, mentor, and all around great human being that is a solid member of the faculty. A ton of respect for a teacher like Coach Napier!

 

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Nominated by Chris Wilberding

Donna Wilberding spent nearly 30 years in the classroom teaching primarily Spanish, but also English in West Cental Ohio. The impact that she made extends beyond the classroom as countless former students followed her into the education profession. She remains in close contact with many of them as colleagues, friends and even mentored several in their early years of teaching.

EDUCATORS ARE ELEVATORS

At least one educator and one nominator will win the Freadom Launch Pack from each state. Help us elevate educators in America!