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Inspiring the Future
Every child deserves a teacher who recognizes their unique potential and unlocks a passion for learning. Parents depend on teachers to prepare their children for a lifetime of opportunity, and we all depend on teachers to prepare our country’s next generation for the future. We expect a lot from teachers. In turn, teachers deserve our respect and support.

Teachers inspire us, and they inspire their students.

At the Walton Family Foundation, we believe that the people closest to a challenge often have the most insightful and thoughtful solutions. This belief is why we honor and lift up teachers and teaching, and why we celebrate ideas that put educators in charge of critical decisions about their classrooms, schools and profession.

Teachers Inspire is a series of stories that highlights the talented professionals who are inspiring students across the U.S.
October 15, 2019
An accomplished science educator, entrepreneur and teacher’s advocate is giving students in Texas the courage to dream bigger.
In Boston’s communities of color, Principal Julie Duran is showing students what’s possible through hard work and self-confidence.
Alice Walton September 17, 2019
Addressing the challenges facing today’s teachers and investing in their futures
Christine Patterson September 25, 2019
How one Texas principal is setting—and achieving—his goal of sending every student to college.
Veteran teacher Justin Newell uses sports as a metaphor for life in Camden, New Jersey.
August 27, 2019
In East Harlem, third-grade teacher Sheila Sullivan is preparing students with unique learning needs to be active citizens and critical thinkers.
August 15, 2019
In Oakland, Catholic school teacher Sheila Garcia prepares scholars for a life of achievement and service
In Atlanta, Kathryn Stanley helps students connect with their culture and history – to build a better future.
July 16, 2019
Teacher Brittany Barker wants students to ‘envision their future’ and then make it happen
Brandon Zeigler July 2, 2019
In San Antonio, middle school teacher Michael Osikoya finds purpose in a new career
Every teacher deserves the support, decision-making power and an environment that helps them to do their best for all students.
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