Outstanding Boston Public School Teacher Awarded Full Classroom Makeover Featuring New Furniture, Storage, and Decor
BOSTON, Massachusetts – December 14, 2021 – Wayfair (NYSE:W), one of the world’s largest online destinations for the home, announced today the winner of the third annual Dream Classroom Giveaway, a contest awarding one U.S. teacher with a full classroom makeover. Conducted by the Education division of Wayfair Professional, Wayfair’s business-to-business program, nominations from the public were accepted through a contest website earlier this year. A winner is selected based on their significant impact on their students and community with an engaging and creative approach to teaching.
“Wayfair Professional is excited to announce this year’s Dream Classroom Giveaway winner, Ms. Julia Negele, a kindergarten and first grade teacher in the Boston Public School system,” said Margaret Lawrence, vice president of Wayfair Professional. “We’re proud to recognize an outstanding local teacher for the first time in the contest’s history and provide Ms. Negele with all the furniture and decor she needs to make her classroom work harder for her and her students.”
Since its 2019 launch, Wayfair Professional’s Dream Classroom Giveaway has received thousands of nominations from the public, and nine winners have been awarded brand-new classrooms. A panel of Wayfair Professional Education Specialists carefully selects each winner and works with them to redesign their classroom, including teacher and student desks and chairs, soft seating, rugs, bookcases, whiteboards and easels, a variety of storage, and other educational furniture and decor.
Last spring, Ms. Negele was unknowingly nominated by a family member to Wayfair Professional’s Dream Classroom Giveaway contest. Her nomination reads, in part, that “She has creatively introduced nature and environmental stewardship to these young children, planting an amaryllis and having the children measure and graph its height every day. [She also secured] donor funding to donate a butterfly cocoon for each child to observe in the classroom, watching the chrysalises morph into butterflies, then releasing them outside as the students learned how butterflies pollinate flowers, fruits, and vegetables.”
With a student population from varying socioeconomic backgrounds, Ms. Negele takes her classes to the public library to get library cards, providing access to books for all students, while also supplying each student with new crayons and pencils at the midyear mark. Fluent in both English and Spanish, Ms. Negele works with her English-language learners in both languages to reach them where they are in their proficiency.
“In today’s modern classrooms, teachers need flexibility in their furniture, they need storage that can be accessible to students, and they need options for where and how they engage with their students,” continued Lawrence. “Wayfair Professional is thrilled to award Ms. Negele with a flexible, updated classroom to help her continue the great work she’s doing for her students and in her school community.”
Ms. Negele’s classroom received select products generously provided by leading education manufacturers and suppliers, including:
Educators, administrators, and teachers looking for more information on Wayfair Professional or who would like to sign up for a free membership can go to wayfairprofessional.com.
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