Giving Back To Those Who Do So Much – Teachers

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My girls aren’t school age yet but we still come into contact with teachers all the time. In ballet, in music class, in gymnastics, at swimming lessons. Each time I get to see some extraordinary people and how they impact my daughters lives even if they are with them for such a short time. I can not imagine what it will be like when my daughters go to school full time.

I really admire the sacrifices that are made each and every day by the teachers in our lives. That is why when I was asked to be a part of the 2017 Extra Yard for Teachers Summit I could not pass up the opportunity. This summit is put on by the College Football Playoff Foundation, this year the National Championship is right here in Tampa Bay. This is their philanthropic event to celebrate and champion teachers and thank them for all that they do.

On January 7th, 2017 we will get to connect with the remarkable possibility and passion of teaching. This year I get the honor attending this great summit where there will be TED-style talks, performances, a teachers lounge with tons of giveaways hourly, and 3 teachers will get a complete classroom makeover.

This video gives you a little glimpse of what the summit is all about.


When I was asked to invite a teacher I knew right away who I would bring as my guest. This young woman is an inspiration as a teacher and one that makes the biggest impact in the lives she touches.


Meet Jamie.

Jamie teaches fifth grade at Symmes Elementary. She inspires her 32 kids day in and day out, coming in early and staying late. She teaches reading and writing and loves everything about teaching.

She knew even when she was little that she wanted to be a teacher. Her role model, her mother Nancy, was a long time teacher and Jamie spent many years volunteering in her mothers classroom, even as young as middle school. Nancy was a phenomenal teacher and instilled the passion for helping others in her daughter Jamie.

Jamie graduated from the University of North Florida with a degree in Elementary Education. She was thrilled that she could have the opportunity to work along side her mom as they each fulfilled their dreams, doing what they love.

Jamie had one miraculous year working side by side with her mentor. One whole year together that Jamie will forever cherish. After that year Jamie’s mother Nancy lost her battle with breast cancer.

Jamie has persevered and worked to make her moms memory everlasting by creating a scholarship fund in her mothers name. The Nancy Goodman Scholarship fund helps students looking to further their passion for education and also helps teachers in need. So far they have been able to help two students with scholarships and a teacher with technology for her classroom. If you would like to donate to The Nancy Goodman Scholarship Fund I will put details at the bottom of this post.

Even more so Jamie lives her moms legacy by being such a huge force in the classroom.

In 2016 Jamie welcomed a baby girl into her family, Nancy. Now this beautiful family of 4 knows the sacrifices and struggles of life with a teacher. She works tirelessly as a mother and a teacher and I am so proud to know this lovely lady.

Jamie will be my guest at the summit this year and she deserves every bit of it.

Not only will I be bringing Jamie, I will be bringing 3 more teachers with me to this spectacular event.

That is where you come in.

Leave a comment below telling me about a teacher in your life and why they deserve to attend this amazing event. Remember 3 teachers at the event will win a complete room makeover, wouldn’t you want to give that to someone you adore?



I will be picking 3 inspirational teachers to attend The Extra Yard For Teachers Summit. I am so excited to read your submissions. I know there are many wonderful teachers across the country but the teachers you nominate must be in the Tampa Bay area. Make sure you leave your teachers email address so I can contact them to let them know they won.

I also have something in this for you. If you nominate a teacher you have a chance of walking away with a prize of your own. If you submit a nomination you have a chance of winning 2 tickets to the Playoff Fan Central. One lucky person who nominates a teacher they love will win both tickets. Doing something nice for others always pays off in the end.

Thank you so much for your submissions. Tag your teachers on Facebook and Instagram and let them know how much you care.

Be sure to share this post to give all the teachers in Tampa Bay an opportunity to win.

This contest will end at 5pm EST on Wednesday January 4th, 2017.




***to donate please go to click “ways to give” then “donate now” and click “in honor of” and type: “Nancy Goodman”. You can send notification of your gift to [email protected]***

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    January 2, 2017 at 11:01 pm

    I nominate shannon wilcox ! I have worked with her for six years and every year her heart grows more and more yourbyer students and this profession. She goes above and beyond to make lessons fun and meet her kiddos needs. She even created a mentor program at or school for kids that need a little more love and support. The teacher and students involved love it and they love her!

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    Jessica Spivey - Tampa Mom Runs
    January 3, 2017 at 10:46 am

    I would like to nominate my mother! She is a teacher in Hillsborough County and she loves her job. She reaches the students that have fallen off the path to graduation in high school and teaches them that they can do it! She also teaches adult education classes in the evening where she helps folks earn the credits needed to get their GED. She is an amazing inspiration both to me and to her students. Her students are her kids! And she loves them like they were her own!

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    Thanking Teachers Who Go The Extra Yard: Extra Yard For Teachers Summit in Tampa Bay || Tampa Mama
    January 4, 2017 at 4:37 am

    […] by me and many others.  You too can nominate a teacher for the Extra Yard for Teachers Summit here and if you are a teacher in the Tampa Bay Area, I hope you’ll stop by the event and enjoy […]

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    Natassja Prose
    January 4, 2017 at 9:06 am

    I would love to nominate a preschool teacher that we had when my boy was in preschool program CAMP at Kate Jackson Park. Ms. Michelle, was a his loving first teacher. She is patient and kind, especially to Mommies that can’t let go ;) She gives almost all of her time and enthusiasm to the children, and also coaches cheerleading with the city, and whatever time is left, she spends with her family and mother, who is diagnosed with cancer. Ms. Michelle made such a lasting impact on Jack, whom was in her class 2 years ago, we still keep in touch and hope when the time comes, my youngest Max will have her as his first. teacher. ❤️

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    January 4, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    I would also like to nominate Lachatra Mccarty she is amazing!!! She was teacher of the year last year and goes above and beyond each and every day for her students!!!

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    January 4, 2017 at 2:39 pm

    Berrios !!!!! I worked with her when I taught third grade she is always trying fun and new way to get her students engaged and learning! She has the kindest heart and works hard everyday to make sure he kiddos are successful!

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    Car ol Salvog
    January 4, 2017 at 2:51 pm

    I nominate Jacqueline Adkins because she is the best Math /Science teacher I know. She is constantly looking for ways to engage and enrich her students.

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    Jennifer Doleman
    January 4, 2017 at 3:27 pm

    My children could not do without Ms. Henry. She is loving and makes learning fun!

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    Kristen Bistany
    January 4, 2017 at 3:43 pm

    I nominate Heidi Smith, Kindergarten teacher at Miles Elementary. She has dedicated her life to the kids she has taught and my family was lucky enough to have her as my son’s kindergarten teacher last year at Summerfield Crossings. She recently left SCES to bring her amazing skills to Miles which is one of the lowest performing schools in the district. Not only is Heidi an incredible educator she takes the time to make learning fun for the kids, which ultimately leaves their first impression of school as kindergartners, one of joy. Heidi is more than deserving of this awesome prize!

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    Franky Le
    January 4, 2017 at 3:44 pm

    The school itself would not be the same without Ms. Campbell and Mrs. Fife. They are such a great team and bring great energy to the entire program. Love them!

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    Ashley Smith
    January 4, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    I nominate Valli Griffith, my mom, who works at Forest Hills Elementary. She has switched off teaching 1st, 3rd, and on the rare occasions, 5th grade, for over 27 years, at various title 1 schools. This means that the schools are usually for lower income families with rougher backgrounds, and the schools get very little in the way of funding for supplies. The kids usually are not able to afford supplies, and after the first couple months, my mom is usually paying for new school supplies like pencils, colors, paper, notebooks, etc throughout the year for her kids out of her own pocket. Teachers don’t get paid to stay late, but my mom is always staying late because someone’s foster parent forgot them, or usually an older sibling because their parents have to work double jobs. My mom specializes in teaching kids with behavior issues and ESL kids, which means she goes out of her way to make a non English speaking child feel comfortable in a classroom with a language they barely understand, and usually more than once a day, a behavior issue child throwing a melt down, flushing another kids backpack down the toilet, throwing a chair across the room, or verbally abusing her.. They lack the funding for specialized teachers to take these special needs children out through the day like “normal” schools, so my mom has to handle these issues a that arise, while making sure she is actually able to teach class at the same time. She has gone to funerals for her kids who have had siblings or parents die from gunshots, or cancer, she has called DCS and been a witness advocating for her children when they’ve come in with welts and bruises from abusive parents, she’s given clothes to kids who have to wear inappropriately too big or too small clothing because parents can’t afford them, and so much more. I think my mom is a patient angel with a heart of gold, who goes above and beyond as one of the few stable adults in many of her kids lives (as evidenced by the numerous kids who come back to visit her and invite her to their birthdays when they are in different grades after having her). She works so hard, makes little money compared to other job salaries, and deserves a sweet recognition for her efforts and big heart ?

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      Ashley Smith
      January 4, 2017 at 4:04 pm

      And I forgot to mention what she spends on her treasure box and snacks (because some kids only get meals while at school). Good Lord. Above and beyond.

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    Jericho flinn
    January 4, 2017 at 6:46 pm

    I nominate Ms. Paulina, a preschool teacher at Fishhawk Early Center. Ms. Paulina goes above and beyond in her classroom teaching young minds academics, social skills, manners and the basic essentials of interacting with others in a society. Her loving and kind ways have given my daughter confidence and bravery; the most important characteristics a mother can want for her child going to school for the first time.

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    Jericho flinn
    January 4, 2017 at 6:47 pm

    I nominate Ms. Lena, a preschool teacher at Fishhawk Early Center. Ms. Lena goes above and beyond in her classroom teaching young minds academics, social skills, manners and the basic essentials of interacting with others in a society. Her loving and kind ways have given my daughter confidence and bravery; the most important characteristics a mother can want for her child

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