Helping teachers in the Austin and Greater Austin area get supplies for their classrooms.
Being a teacher is a rewarding yet challenging vocation. Teachers devote so much time and energy to ensure their students learn and grow in an engaging, enriching environment. Often times it’s up to the teachers themselves to provide all the tools and equipment for their classrooms. We know, from first hand experience, that teachers spend on average $500 or more every year on supplies for their classrooms! A lot of times that money goes towards crayons, pencils, paper, things that most people would think the school or parents provides.
“My first year of teaching I was surprised when I showed up and I saw that the school only provided me with one pair of scissors, a tape dispenser with one roll of tape, a stapler, and one red pen and one blue pen...that’s it! I had to search around the whole school for a teacher’s desk and bring my own chair from home”
“I was told by my instructor, in my teacher’s certification program, to drive around on garbage day to find furniture for my classroom”
With standards being raised and budgets constantly being cut, teachers are asked to do more, but are given less to do it.
Classroom Connection offers a place of support for teachers. We want all teachers to feel that they have the tools they need to get the job done. We will offer a retail environment where teachers can shop for resources and supplies for their classrooms for free!
MEET THE TEAM
Kim Kirkland is the co-founder of Classroom Connection ATX. Kimberly is a former elementary school teacher, now a stay at home mom, who is inspired by the teachers in Austin who dedicate their time and greatest efforts to educate the children in this community. She is striving to support teachers by providing much needed supplies and educational tools to use in the classroom.
"Every child deserves a champion – an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be." - Rita Pierson