Which teacher made an impact on your life?

Submit your story of the teacher that changed your life for the chance to receive one of three $1,000 charter school grants, given in your name to the school of your choice. 

2019 Dewey Awards

Teachers Making A Difference

Charter School Capital

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Submission Guidelines:

  • Submit your story (written or video) of the teacher that made a difference in your life 
  • Written submissions should be 300 words or more  
  • Video submissions should be 1-10 minutes in length 
  • Submit your story between September 9 - October 7
  • Grant winners will be announced October 21st 

Extra Credit:

School Leaders: Want a poster about the program to promote submissions from your teachers and students? Download the 11x17 poster with all the details. 




Teachers: Want an assignment handout for your students? Download the 8.5x11 PDF with all the details. 


Submit your story here:

Submission Review Panel:

Darlene Chambers – A national leader in education reform, Dr. Darlene Chambers is the Senior Vice President for Programs & Services at the National Charter Schools Institute, and a review alum from both 2017 and 2018.



Janet Johnson – Chief Growth Officer at Charter School Capital and internal teacher/ inspiration officer herself (though she’s too humble to admit it), Janet is a review alum since 2017. 


Amanda List – Amanda is a principal of AList Consulting and served as Texas Charter School Association's first director of advocacy. Amanda has extensive state government affairs and public charter school experience including strong ties to the Texas Capitol and the Texas Education Agency. We welcome Amanda as a first time review panelist for the 2019 Dewey Awards.

Juana Garcia – With more than 25 years of experience in education,  Juana is the Founder of three Montessori Charter Schools and has served as a Magnet Lead Teacher,  the Educational Excellence School Advisory Council Chair and United Way Ambassador. We welcome Juana as a first time review panelist for the 2019 Dewey Awards.