Meet Ms. Bowen, 5th Grade teacher at Encompass Academy and a DonorsChoose.org recipient
How did you become a teacher?
"My parents always said they knew I would be a teacher. But, I had no idea. I coached gymnastics growing up and liked being around kids, but I majored in Economics and History in College. I joined the Peace Corps after college and got hooked on teaching after helping kids in Mali paint giant map murals."
Ms. Bowen's 5th Grade class at Encompass Academy
Why atlases for your DonorsChoose.org project?
"As a kid, I remember going through my dad's atlases and getting excited by all the different countries and cultures. I also remember watching Indiana Jones and getting excited by Petra and wanting to find Jordan on a map.
I have 31 students and 30 of them have parents that were born in a different country. I have kids from Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Yemen, Samoa, and Azerbaijan. My kids are from such different cultures and that is not always shared in our class as much. So, I wanted to find a way to start with the basics. Every morning we are going to do a warm up (with the atlases) starting with the basics like what color are rivers on maps or what does border mean, and move to things like what countries border Turkey."
This was Ms. Bowen's first project on DonorsChoose.org and with the help of the Oakland community, it was funded in less than an hour. To read more about Ms. Bowen's atlas project, please click here.
The collective support of the Oakland community helped us reach our $25,000 match offer in less than two weeks.
Close to 100 projects from 60 teachers representing 36 schools. The generosity shown will impact over 8,400 public school students in Oakland.