Wymer Brownlee Wealth Strategies is excited to announce the winner of its sixth annual “Grants for Gratitude” program, awarding James Monroe Elementary art teacher Hope Holcer $1,000 for her successful efforts to teach gratitude to students.
“We are excited to honor Hope Holcer as this year’s recipient for our Grants for Gratitude program, recognizing educators who embody kindness, gratitude and friendship in their classrooms,” expressed Andrew Gaskill, Director of Financial Services at Wymer Brownlee Wealth Strategies. “As we celebrate Hope Holcer as this year’s recipient, we acknowledge her exceptional commitment to instilling gratitude in her students.”
Holcer, with one and a half years of teaching experience, has already made a significant impact on her students and the school community at James Monroe Elementary. Graduating from the University of Central Oklahoma, Holcer joined the school right out of college, bringing a fresh perspective and an unwavering commitment to her passion for teaching. Holcer’s dedication to instilling gratitude in her students goes beyond the conventional. She is passionate about building relationships with students and families, inviting parents to visit her classroom and actively participating in student/parent/teacher conferences.
One of Holcer’s initiatives is the “Student Artist of the Month,” where she highlights a student who exemplifies respect, integrity and a love for art. This recognition extends to assemblies, hallway displays and the school’s monthly newsletter. Hope goes the extra mile by decorating the hallways with student art projects, accompanied by QR codes that allow parents, families and guests to compare the original artwork to the students’ creations. Some of the words written about Holcer, when nominations came flooding in for her, talked about how she ensures her students are respecting each other, showing kindness through talking about each other’s art in a way that they are thankful for the feedback.
“We wholeheartedly appreciate the kind spirit that Ms. Holcer brings not only to her students but also to our staff,” expressed Kandy Bishop, Principal of James Monroe Elementary. ” Ms. Holcer has quickly become a positive advocate for instilling kindness among her students, consistently going above and beyond to teach and engage with them in a manner that reflects genuine gratitude.”
Wymer Brownlee’s Grants for Gratitude program takes place annually, awarding one teacher $1,000 to use at their discretion to support teaching gratitude and other life skills in the classroom. Parents, students and community members may nominate a deserving teacher at wymerbrownlee.com/gratitude between the start of the school year and Thanksgiving break. Winners are announced the first week of December.