Local Teacher Receives $500 Shopping Spree in Thanks for Giving Contest

Pre-K teacher at First Christian Church Preschool in Clearwater, Mrs. Sonnenberg, is celebrated for her impact on her students and the community.

Safety Harbor, FL, December 14, 2013 --(PR.com)-- The holidays are about giving thanks and showing your appreciation. One Senior Executive Director at Thirty-One Gifts showed her appreciation of teachers through her Thanks for Giving contest. A survey conducted by the AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research showed that parents were almost universal in saying that teacher quality is a central factor in determining the quality of education a child receives (1).

The winner was Cheryll Sonnenberg, a Pre-K teacher at First Christian Church Preschool in Clearwater, Mrs. Sonnenberg was nominated by Christy Davis, whose three children have had the pleasure of knowing Mrs. Sonnenberg as the school’s Preschool Director and K4 teacher. Davis describes Mrs. Sonnenberg as “a beautiful example of love, patience, and kindness” who “encourages positive behavior and bends over backwards to help both her students and their parents.”

A teacher of ­­38 years, Mrs. Sonnenberg excites children to learn and has fun doing it. She enjoys setting up the classroom so “children are invited to learn and be accepted unconditionally.” Mrs. Sonnenberg is thankful for winning the Thanks for Giving contest. Each day Mrs. Sonnenberg encourages children by greeting them with hugs in the car line. She has wanted to give her students something special and is now able to purchase totes for each of her student’s family cars.

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, there are over 183,000 public school teachers in Florida (2). The rules were simple. Parents could nominate teachers via Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/courtneysingerhawkins) by “Liking” the page and tagging the teachers name in the Thanks for Giving thread along with a comment on how the teacher made an impact in the community and/or their lives. Teachers from all over the state were nominated for the sought-after shopping spree. Courtney Hawkins drew the winner on December 3, 2013.

About Thirty-One Gifts Thirty-One offers an array of organizational products that can be used in the classroom, at home or the office. If you are interested in learning more about how to improve organization and efficiency, please contact Courtney Hawkins at Courtney@AchieveSuccessWithCourtney.com or visit http://www.AchiecveSuccessWithCourtney.com.

(1) MPR News. Agiesta, Jennifer. Web. 2013. http://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/20/education/survey-most-americans-love-their-kids- teachers

(2) U.S. Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences National Center for Education Statistics. Web. 2013. http://nces.ed.gov/

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