At First Teacher we spent months trying to figure out how to bring all our First Teacher people - parent leaders, participants, partners, funders, and supporters - together to celebrate all we have accomplished. Whatever we did had to be comfortable for everyone, and it had to center around the corner stone of First Teacher: connecting.
On June 9th, in our office on Blue Hill Ave, seventy people gathered and connected through an intricate network and celebrated the momentum of our thriving First Teacher movement. We ate, drank, and connections were made across all lines.
Our amazing intern, Dooshima Mngerem, introduced to First Teacher by Martha Pott, a First Teacher advisory council member and child development professor at Tufts, braved the rush-hour traffic from Cambridge and said this:
“I love how relaxed and fun the Community Connector was! The minute I walked in I felt welcome. I walked into a bright space full of laughing, talking people who looked surprisingly at ease with each other despite the amazing amount of diversity in the room. Just a great organization, great people, and a great cause. First Teacher is the real deal.”
First Teacher participant Dananai Morgan, connected with First Teacher by Simone Esteves, a teacher and participant herself, echoed Dooshima’s feelings:
“From the first step into the door it was like walking into our home to meet friendly faces. The highlight of the night was engaging with people 1:1 and getting to know how they came to connect with First Teacher. Each was an amazing story and opportunity to connect, network, and share resources. Listening to one of our parent leader’s testimony, I remembered how small and insecure I felt when I joined, and how empowered I felt from day one.”
Finally, an executive coach, John Tarvin - connected with First Teacher through the generosity of the Barr Foundation, which we were connected to through Jesse Solomon, teacher and executive director of BPE, commented that:
“It was great to be in a room full of people committed to children, parents and families at First Teacher’s Community Connector. Love, compassion, support (and fun) were certainly in the air. I truly enjoy being part of the First Teacher community.”
Thank you to each and every one of you for helping to build our First Teacher community. We hope to celebrate with even more of you at our second annual Community Connector next summer!