Meet Ron Clark
Ron Clark admits that he did not always want to be a teacher, but wanted a life filled with adventure. He spent his post-college days traveling the world until an unfortunate dining experience with Transylvanian gypsies got him on a flight back home to Belhaven, North Carolina. Sometimes we come full circle to meet our destiny, just as Ron did when he reluctantly agreed to substitute for a local teacher who passed away during the school year. "I was hooked! The next day I started teaching fifth grade. From then on it was like magic—I fell in love with teaching."
Five years later, Ron describes watching a television program about a Harlem school that couldn't attract good teachers. Inevitably, the students had extremely low test-scores even though they were intelligent. "And at that moment I had a feeling... it was like a calling. The next day I told my co-teacher, 'I'm going to teach in Harlem.' I packed up my car, drove up to New York, and stayed at the YMCA. Every day, I went from school to school in Harlem trying to find a school like the one I'd seen on TV."
Read more: http://www.oprah.com/spirit/Phenomenal-Man-Ron-Clark#ixzz21jiGiqew
...in his own words*:
"Some people say I'm crazy because I put so much effort into dealing with the kids. But when the kids see my effort, it makes them put forth more effort. They know I have high expectations for them."
"We walk on eggshells in a watered-down education system where teachers lack the
courage to be honest and speak their minds."
"The main motivator, whether in rural North Carolina or Harlem, is letting the kids know that you care about them and that you're interested in their success."
"The truth is, a lot of times it's the bad teachers
who give the easiest grades, because they know
by giving good grades everyone will leave them alone."
*Quotes from the November 2001 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine,
also from cnn.com "What Teachers Really Want to Tell Parents," by Ron Clark
What is RCA?
The Ron Clark Academy is a SACS/CASI accredited, highly acclaimed, nonprofit middle school in Southeast Atlanta that promotes innovation and engages its students through energetic teaching balanced by a strict code of discipline. This school has received both national and international recognition for success in educating students and promoting academic rigor, passion, creativity, and increased student engagement in the classroom.
RCA is a model school and accepts visitors from all over the world. Their approaches are very out-of-the-box and innovative, and they enjoy sharing their successful methods for instilling a passion for learning while also achieving high test scores. For more info click www.ronclarkacademy.com
Meet Hallerin Hilton Hill
Hallerin Hilton Hill is a radio talk show host, motivational speaker, and trainer. He is the CEO and founder of Wisdom House - a multimedia company focused on inspiring people around the world to grow in wisdom. His mission is to inspire, inform and entertain every time the microphone comes on. He speaks to thousands of people each year to help inspire, motivate and encourage excellence. Most importantly, Hallerin loves God. (from www.tgagency.com)
2006 2007 2010
Hallerin has been an invaluable part of Reach Them to Teach Them from the beginning. In 2007, he composed and performed an original song titled It's Worth It. His passion shines nearly as bright as his smile and if you give him five minutes, you'll be smiling along with him.
At 2011 One!, Hallerin was presented with the first Lucille E. Hill Hidden Wonder award. Mrs. Hill is Hallerin's mother and a lifelong teacher who was called home to heaven two months ago. She epitomizes the teacher we strive to be, and we are honored to make him the first recipient of this award.
Meet Scott Cagle
Scott Cagle, founding pastor of NorthStar Church, is deeply devoted to the proclamation of
Jesus Christ and the Word of God. He has a passion for reaching people and leading them into
Christ-like maturity. (from www.northstarknox.com) He is another Reach Them to Teach Them veteran whose commitment and prayers have helped shape this dream into a reality.
from NorthStar Church Two Rivers Pre-Event 2009
Scott Cagle leads our Dream Team, volunteers, and members of the performing dance teams in prayer. Every Dream Team meeting begins with prayer and is especially important before each event.
Thank you to Julia Houston and Knox County Dance/Cheer Teams and Coaches from Gresham Middle (Jenny Alvey), Karns Middle (Karen Duncan), Bearden Middle (Angie McCarter), Halls High (Nicole Pendleton), and Austin-East High School (Dorothy Quinn).
Here is what you can expect to experience on Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Smiles & Surprises!
Complimentary dinner! —
Doors open at 5pm to provide ample time to enjoy dinner in appreciation of YOU and the investment you make in East Tennessee's youth.
General Admission — Take your pick, but arrive early if you need a block of seats together. Don't worry, there's not a bad seat in the house!
Bring tissues — Expect tears of joy and tears of hope.
Inspiration and Appreciation — Our goal is to remind you why you choose to invest your life in the lives of young people and to assure you that it's worth it.
How Do I Purchase Tickets?
“Tag it for a Teacher"
We believe every seat should be tagged by generous donations of community members far and wide. This is your opportunity to give a little bit back in appreciation for all the time and dedication educators are investing in youth across East Tennessee and beyond.
Each and every $20 donation is important and will be recognized with a tag on a seat with your family or business name. Businesses, parent organizations and individuals sponsoring 10 or more teachers will be recognized at a special dinner prior to the event and also during the event on October 30th.
We've also enlisted the help from local PTAs, adopt-a-school partners and other sponsors to alleviate the event costs. Please email your request to email@example.com and we will happily provide more information.
Is the Tennessee Theatre wheelchair accessible?
Yes. Please call the Tennessee Theatre Box Office (865) 684-1200 ext. 2 during regular business hours for accessible or special needs seating.
How early should I arrive?
Traffic and parking can be unpredictable, so plan to arrive early to assure an enjoyable experience.We suggest that you try to get there at least thirty minutes before the event. Doing so will allow you to choose a seat, enjoy dinner, and soak up the ambiance of the beautifully renovated theatre. We know you have already put in a full day, and will strive to begin promptly at 6pm and conclude before you're ready for the event to end.
How can I get directions and where should I park?
Finding the Tennessee Theatre:
From I-40 East: Take Exit 389, Broadway/Hall of Fame Drive. Turn right on Hall of Fame toward downtown. Go about a mile, through several traffic lights. Turn right onto Summit Hill Drive. Turn left onto Gay Street at the third traffic light. The Tennessee Theatre is located at 604 South Gay Street.
From I-40 West: Take Exit 389, Broadway/Hall of Fame Drive. Turn left on Hall of Fame toward downtown. Go about a mile, through several traffic lights. Turn right onto Summit Hill Drive. Turn left onto Gay Street at the third traffic light. The Tennessee Theatre is located at 604 South Gay Street.
Free parking is available for most night and weekend performances at the State Street garage located behind the theater, as well as the nearby Locust Street and Market Square garages. Additional parking lots and on-street parking are located nearby.
We can't wait to see you there! Questions? Please email: firstname.lastname@example.org