Waller Middle School Teacher Kristen Uhrmacher Receives Grants for Gratitude

January 17, 2022

Wymer Brownlee Wealth Strategies is excited to announce the winner of its fourth annual “Grants for Gratitude” program, awarding Waller Middle School teacher Kristen Uhrmacher $1,000 for her successful efforts to teach gratitude to students.

“The sense of appreciation for every experience is what leads us to the path of gratitude and kindness, but more importantly, sharing that kindness with those around you,” said Stephen O’Neill, Senior Wealth Advisor at Wymer Brownlee Wealth Strategies. “The classroom is the perfect place to learn skills that prepare us for a successful future. We are proud to recognize teachers for these essential lessons they teach.”

Uhrmacher has taken on the role of teaching sixth grade leadership classes along with seventh grade English. She has worked with her leadership students on multiple kindness and thankfulness projects to help them focus on the world around them. Students worked in groups to give back to their school and the local community. In addition to her leadership class students, Uhrmacher challenged her English classes to get involved with volunteering this summer. Her students read a book and had the option of donating time to local community organizations. Many students volunteered at 4RKids, which promotes independence, relationships, opportunities and inclusion for individuals with disabilities.

Uhrmacher was nominated by Jennifer Patterson, assistant principal of Waller Middle School, who said, “Learning how to be good community members is so important and if we start young, the world will be a better place. Mrs. Uhrmacher has been a great advocate for teaching her students essential life skills, and she’s very deserving of this grant.”

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 members of the community may nominate a deserving teacher on wymerbrownlee.com/gratitude between the start of the school year and Thanksgiving break. Winners are announced the first week of December.

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