[QUEEN CREEK, Ariz.] - Dec. 8, 2020 This season of giving was very bright for three local teachers at American Leadership Academy Queen Creek High School. Desert Financial Fiesta Bowl Charities Wishes for Teachers Program granted their “wishes,” and in November, each teacher received $2,500.
Sue Brewer, Trae Dunman, and Heidi Mixon applied to the Wishes for Teachers Program that awards grants to be implemented in teacher classrooms across Arizona. But as a nice surprise, the purchases Brewer, Mixon, and Dunman made were also matched dollar-for-dollar on Giving Tuesday, enhancing each of their classroom experiences.
“Thank you, Fiesta Bowl Charities,” said Dunman, an ALA Queen Creek High School math teacher who continues. “I am truly thankful for your gracious award to our school.” Dunman used his grant to purchase graphing calculators for his students.
Mixon, a photography teacher at ALA Queen Creek High School, used her grant to purchase photography lights, triggers and modifiers, a photo printer, a beginner drone, photography hardback books, and small gifts for students who show exceptional RAISE values in her classroom. “For my classroom, photography is about more than just the images we capture,” Mixon said. “It's about developing the whole student through the camera lens. The students learn about self-esteem and worth through weekly assignments and collaborative sessions that teach them how to find the unique qualities and beauty in every image they capture.”
Brewer, an ALA Queen Creek High School art teacher, purchased two pottery wheels and a slab roller for her classroom. Her grant money objective was to strengthen and diversify her art program and provide students the opportunity to work with their hands on something that requires extreme dedication and perseverance. “Our students are so talented, and I love seeing them articulate their thoughts and ideas through art,” Brewer said.
The Wishes for Teachers program has granted over $3.2 million to Arizona teachers since 2016, impacting 300,000+ students at 400 schools across the state. This is the fifth teacher at ALA Queen Creek High School who has received a Fiesta Bowl Charities Wishes for Teachers grant since the program’s inception.
About American Leadership Academy
American Leadership Academy is a K-12th grade tuition-free public charter school that serves over 11,000 students across 12 schools in the East Valley. Since 2009, ALA has combined academic excellence and character development to create an exceptional educational experience for its students. ALA provides an environment where students can thrive as leaders in the classroom and on the field through AIA and CAA championship sports, intramural sports for elementary students, as well as award-winning fine arts programs. Through its mission, ALA prepares its students to not just be great students of today but great leaders of tomorrow.