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30 Teachers Across America Win $2,500 Grants To Use for Positive Change in the Classroom

Third Round Winners of National Thank A Million Teachers Program Announced by Farmers Insurance

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Farmers Insurance, one of the nation's largest multiline insurers, announced the third round of 30 winners of its "Thank A Million Teachers" program, a national initiative through which Farmers is inviting America to offer heartfelt thanks to teachers, present and past, for their positive impact on students and communities across the United States.  

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Since the beginning of the year, more than 730,000 thank-yous have been received for teachers on the www.ThankAMillionTeachers.com website. As part of the national program, Farmers invited teachers to submit proposals for $2,500 grants. During the months of June and July, the public voted on hundreds of proposals with the top six vote-getters in five regions selected as winners. In all, Farmers has committed to donating $1 million to teachers and education programs in 2014.

"These teachers are amazing mentors and truly dedicated to their student's futures. They have such a unique approach and vision of how to captivate their students to promote new learning experiences.  Farmers is proud to be able to grant these teachers with the funds necessary to help advance education in communities throughout America," said Randy Rice, National Manager of Education Programs for Farmers Insurance.  "Over the course of this program it's been exciting to see communities rally around their local teachers as they vie to win grants for their classrooms."

Among the grant winners:

  • Amber Davis, who teaches at Deep Creek Central Elementary in Chesapeake, Virginia, wants to provide her students with technology to help promote learning across a wide spectrum of studies. With her grant, she intends to acquire mini tablets to help her students master technology, as well as make learning fun by taking virtual tours of the pyramids of Egypt, studying the Great Wall of China, discover new habitats around the world and more.
  • Kerri Kuehl, who teaches at Ekstrand Elementary in DeWitt, Iowa, will use her grant money to promote healthy eating options for her Kindergarteners. Her students have a snack every morning to keep their bodies and minds fueled for learning, but the school's funds for healthy snacks is extremely limited, in fact, Kuehl like most teachers, often purchases fresh vegetables and fruits with her own money. With the grant money, she plans to provide healthy snacks throughout the school year.
  • Jessica Randolph teaches at Priest River Elementary in Priest River, Idaho, and will provide books for her students to excite them about reading. She noted her classroom library is limited and with a new reading program the school district recently implemented, students need access to a wider array of books to complement their different reading levels.
  • Josephine Golcher, who teaches at Rosary High School, an all girl's school in Fullerton, California, wants to provide materials for her students to design, build and program robots. Golcher will use the grant money to form a robotics class for girls and drive interest for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education, also referred to as STEM.

Below is a complete list of winners (note to editors, details of the winning proposals and access to the winning teachers are available by contacting Farmers Media Relations representatives listed above):

Name of Teacher

School 

City, State

Amber 

Davis 

Deep Creek Central Elementary 

Chesapeake, Va.

Jennifer 

Simpson 

Forestview High School 

Gastonia, N.C.

Jennifer 

Van Gorden 

Pasco Elementary School 

Dade City, Fla.

Kayla 

Brumbeloe 

Evans Elementary School 

Albertville, Ala.

DeAnna 

West 

Woodville High School 

Woodville, Ala.

Abby 

Waldorf 

Poca Middle School 

Poca, W. Va.





Amanda 

Erspamer-Berry 

Marquette Alternative High School 

Marquette, Mich.

Kerri 

Kuehl 

Ekstrand Elementary 

DeWitt, Iowa

Brent 

Williamson 

Danville Middle School 

Danville, Ind.

Jennifer 

Keigher 

St. Anne Community High School 

St. Anne, Ill.

Sarah 

Gordon-Church 

Quest Middle School 

Peoria, Ill.

Stephanie 

Stremp 

Bonnie McBeth Learning Center 

Plainfield, Ill.





Megan 

Coryell 

Central Elementary School 

Roundup, Mont.

Mandy 

Muri 

Canyon Creek Elementary 

Billings, Mont.

Paula 

Brockman 

Lowell Scott Middle School 

Boise, Idaho

Jessica 

Randolph 

Priest River Elementary 

Priest River, Idaho

Kiri 

Bailey 

McDowell Elementary 

Petaluma, Colo.

Holly 

Haskell 

Free Orchards Elementary 

Cornelius, Ore.





Ashley 

Freeze 

Van Buren R-1 

Van Buren, Mo.

Stephanie 

Dimmitt 

Blackburn Elementary 

Independence, Mo.

Megan 

Farrell 

Degan Elementary 

Lewisville, Tex.

Greg 

Park 

Union Grove High School 

Gladewater, Tex.

Leslie 

Potter 

Benton Academy 

Bentonia, Miss.

Kim 

Powell 

Dale School 

Dale, Okla.





Justina 

Foulke 

Garvanza Elementary 

Los Angeles, Calif.

Michael 

Jones 

Santa Lucia Elementary School 

King City, Calif.

Margaret 

Bangs 

Rosary High School 

Fullerton, Calif.

Josephine 

Golcher 

Rosary High School 

Fullerton, Calif.

Mily 

Mooc 

Coolidge Elementary 

San Gabriel, Calif.

Ritamarie 

Theiler 

McCollum Elementary School 

Albuquerque, N. Mex.

Farmers Insurance is working in partnership with AdoptAClassroom.org, a national non-profit, to help teachers acquire the supplies and equipment they have requested in their proposals.

Farmers announced the launch of the Thank A Million Teachers program in late December at a special event featuring Jack Black, who thanked his former teacher Debbie Devine, who he credited with saving his life.  Several days later, Farmers brought additional attention to its campaign to thank educators across America with its Thank A Million Teachers New Year's Day float in the Tournament of Roses parade.

The ThankAMillionTeachers.com website is continuously accepting the public's thank yous and posts a live tally of the number of thank yous received thus far.  It is also the place where teachers can submit their proposals for the chance to win grants of $2,500.

About Farmers Insurance
Farmers Insurance Group of Companies is a leading U.S. insurer group of automobiles, homes and small businesses and also provides a wide range of other insurance and financial services products. Farmers Insurance is proud to serve more than 10 million households with more than 20 million individual policies across all 50 states through the efforts of over 50,000 exclusive and independent agents and approximately 22,000 employees.

For more information about Farmers, visit its Web site at www.farmers.com or at www.Facebook.com/FarmersInsurance.

About AdoptAClassroom.org
AdoptAClassroom.org is a national 501(C) (3) nonprofit organization dedicated to giving teachers a hand through the provision of essential classroom supplies so that students can succeed. Many teachers spend as much as $1,000 annually of their own money to equip their classrooms. Since 1998 AdoptAClassroom.org has raised over $20 million to benefit classrooms across America. AdoptAClassroom.org has earned a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator. To adopt a classroom, visit http://www.adoptaclassroom.org.

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