ELEVATE AN
EDUCATOR

EXTENDED: Nominate educators now through November 30, 2020

The critical role Educators play in American society is undeniable. The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted what many of us already know. Educators Teach. Educators Influence. Educators Create. Educators Matter. At Freadom, we believe Educators are Essential. We want to elevate them and we need your help!

Tell us about a current or retired educator you know who deserves to be recognized and you'll both be entered to win!


WIN ONE OF OVER 100 FREADOM LAUNCH PACKAGES (Over $50 value): The Freadom Launch Pack includes a selection of "First Edition" Launch items, including an "Educators are Essential (in America)" shirt.

STEP 1:

Nominate an educator below and tell us a little about their story. We know there are hundreds of thousands of current or retired educators across the country who deserve to be celebrated.

STEP 2:

You and the educator will be entered to win the Freadom Launch Pack. We're giving away over 100 packs! At least one pair (of nominee and nominator) from each state will be selected.

STEP 3:

Nominate more! Nominate as many educators from as many states as you'd like. We want to celebrate as many educators as possible across the country. Plus, you'll be entered to win with each entry.

ELEVATE AN
EDUCATOR

Now through October 31, 2020

The critical role Educators play in American society is undeniable. The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted what many of us already know. Educators Teach. Educators Influence. Educators Create. Educators Matter. At Freadom, we believe Educators are Essential. We want to elevate them and we need your help!

Tell us about a current or retired educator you know who deserves to be recognized and you'll both be entered to win!


WIN ONE OF OVER 100 FREADOM LAUNCH PACKAGES (Over $50 value): The Freadom Launch Pack includes a selection of "First Edition" Launch items, including an "Educators are Essential (in America)" shirt.

STEP 1:

Nominate an educator below and tell us a little about their story. We know there are hundreds of thousands of current or retired educators across the country who deserve to be celebrated.

STEP 2:

You and the educator will be entered to win the Freadom Launch Pack. We're giving away over 100 packs! At least one pair (of nominee and nominator) from each state will be selected.

STEP 3:

Nominate more! Nominate as many educators from as many states as you'd like. We want to celebrate as many educators as possible across the country. Plus, you'll be entered to win with each entry.

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Enter to Win:


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FEATURED NOMINATIONS:

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 ESSENTIAL

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