Teacher’s Fund

The Apple Orchard Teacher's Fund

Apple Orchard School provides a supportive and stimulating environment for teachers and children to thrive. Funds raised for the Teacher's Fund help our school attract and retain excellent, talented teachers, and provide benefits beyond what is possible on a regular basis. Teachers are able to attend workshops, seminars, and courses as well as continue their education and explore new areas of learning and expertise.

The Teacher’s Fund has allowed for incredible training experiences for our faculty and shifting our teaching lens to that of an Anti-Bias Anti-Racist (ABAR) curriculum. Our faculty has worked with Britt Hawthorne on our awareness of how young children learn about stereotypes and prejudice. Britt is the author of the 2022 book Raising Antiracist Children. Through workshops with her throughout the year, we have become better able to address tough questions around white privilege, access and equality and how to focus not on the difference, but the uniqueness of each of us and what we bring to our community. Britt brings possibility, hope, and joy to wherever a teacher is in their understanding about what young children know and learn at this stage about inequality. Through our work with her and others we are a school community committed to ensuring children leave our school respecting and embracing who they are in the world.

M.Ed. in Specialist Teacher of Reading | Jeannine Bissonette

Language and Literacy are two deep seated passions of mine. Over the course of the past year, I have had the privilege of engaging in multiple graduate courses that will eventually license me as a Literary and Reading Specialist. These experiences have pushed me to grow as an educator and readjust my curriculum to ensure the success of all students. After all, what better place to establish this foundation and spark a passion for exploration than in Pre-K, where language and literacy are just beginning to flourish.

Two courses that the Teacher's Fund supported include Content Area Literacy and Culturally Responsive Teaching. In Content Area Literacy, I worked alongside brilliant educators to identify the unique lenses and skills young children need to acquire in order to feel confident as readers, mathematicians, historians, scientists, and writers. This experience has encouraged me to become more metacognitively aware of my instruction, as I teach students how to explore, investigate, describe their ideas, and draw conclusions. In Culturally Responsive Teaching, I collaborated with educators from around the world to engage in continuous self-reflection, adapt curriculum, and be a more active advocate and activist in our community. At Apple Orchard, my goal is to establish a warm learning environment that honors my students' identities and encourages exploration of new/different perspectives every day.

Because of the Teacher's Fund, I have been able to fulfill my lifelong goal to pursue and earn a Masters in Education. I am eternally grateful to you for donating to the Teacher's Fund and for providing me with the means to grow and be challenged as an educator.

EEC Preschool Teacher Certification | Cate Ruland

The Apple Orchard Teacher's Fund has supported me in pursuing my EEC Preschool Teacher Certification. Thanks to the Teacher's Fund, I was able to take a Child Development course that was required in order to become EEC Certified. Throughout the course, I gained tools and knowledge to further support children in the 4 and 5 year old classroom as they navigate both academic and social emotional scenarios. I am so grateful for the support and generosity of the Apple Orchard community as I work to develop my teaching career. I cannot imagine a more caring, generous, and supportive community.