TUCSON, AZ - For the third consecutive year, Mister Car Wash is recognizing outstanding teachers in their communities and expressing gratitude for the powerful impact these educators are having on America's future leaders. Two of this year's honorees live and teach in the greater Tucson area. They are Mrs. Knutson, a teacher at Coyote Trail Elementary School in Marana and Mr. Upmann, a teacher at Coronado K-8 in the Amphitheater School District.
At the certificate and check presentation to Mrs. Knutson on May 4 at Coyote Trail Elementary, the entire school was assembled and watched with excitement. It was the students' first day back in session following Arizona teachers' Red for Ed strike. Her family was present as well and Mrs. Knutson was clearly very moved, knowing that her students and parents and peers nominated her for the honor.
Mister Car Wash's 2018 Inspiring Futures, Teacher Appreciation campaign honored triple the number of teachers over last year, awarding 30 finalists with classroom grants of between $500 to $1,000 plus Unlimited Wash Club memberships for one year. A list of all the honored teachers' names, schools and cities plus sample stories and photos is available here.
"Teachers are the heroes of society and we're deeply grateful for all that they do to inspire kids across the country," stated John Lai, CEO in a nationwide press release when the nominating period opened on February 26, 2018. "Recognizing these amazing teachers and washing their cars is our small and simple way of saying 'thank you' for all they do to help make the world a brighter place," Lai said.
The company's online portal was flooded with 1,270 teacher nominations between February 26 and April 2, according to Ciera Lopez, a marketing and community relations specialist with Mister Car Wash HQ in Tucson.
Nominees were evaluated based on the number of heartfelt submissions received as well as by the nominee's exemplary professionalism and overall impact on their community.
"We are pleased we were able to triple the number of teachers honored this year. In addition, every nominee received an individual letter of recognition and a complimentary wash pass from Mister Car Wash," Lopez said.