A local teacher will be stepping onto the field at Penn State this weekend. Million Dollar Challenge for Teachers.
This weekend at Penn State vs. Ohio State, Jenn Sporer will attempt a 15-yard throw on target for a chance to win funding for a classroom project within the local school district of Wellsboro.
Participants are nominated and randomly selected from among the teachers. Speller, who has been a teacher in his Wellsboro area school district for 24 years, was nominated by one of his students.
“One of my seventh grade students, Fenn, nominated me because we value both academics and athletics. I know he’s competitive, he’s the same level of competitiveness and passion for school and sports,” Sporer said.
Sporer has a goal of funding if the challenge is won.
School districts, like many districts, are responding to lower test scores due to COVID-19. Sporer said some of the funding could go towards supplementary learning to help students improve their scores.
Sporer also hopes to fund mental health resources throughout the district, particularly trauma-informed education for students and professional learning opportunities for teachers.
As a K-8 Enrichment teacher, Sporer is passionate about funding talented students.
“Our North Central Pennsylvania Corridor is undergoing a paradigm shift in serving a talented student body, which is my passion,” said Sporer.
The district seeks to create school-to-work opportunities by establishing local partnerships to host academic conferences, including coordinating with local colleges and businesses nearby.
Additional opportunities may be available for STEM and trade students. The school district is already considering him investing in a 3D printer. Sporer suggests another possibility. To pave the way for students to earn certifications in trade and health and have school-to-work options while in high school.
Sporer will make an attempt at halftime of the game.
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