One In A Million: February 2023 – Black History Month Spotlight: Dr. Sian Proctor


Grade you teach: community college

How long have you been a teacher?

Since 1999

What made you get into the teaching profession?

I liked being a teaching assistant during graduate school and realized it was something that I enjoyed and could do well. I also enjoy having my summers off!

Who was your most inspirational teacher and why?

My dad was my most inspirational teacher. He always encouraged me and told me I could do anything

What “fills your cup” when you’re running on empty?

I get inspired seeing students find connections to my story and how one moment of insight can change a persons life forever.

What is your wish for Arizona’s children?

I wish for Az children to use their one-of-a-kind and unique “space” to inspire those within their reach and beyond and to make their space just, equitable, diverse, and inclusive!

What does being selected as a Million Dollar Teacher Project Black History Month spotlight teacher mean to you?

It means that my voice and story resonates with a broad audience and I’m doing my part to inspire those within my reach and beyond!

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Growing the Tree

Million Dollar Teacher Tree was first developed in a classroom by students in a program called, Next Generation Service Corps at Arizona State University in December of 2017. These students were tasked by Lloyd Hopkins, founder of Million Dollar Teacher project with developing a project that can potentially become an integral part in helping MDTP achieve its mission. The group eventually developed the original prototype for Million Dollar Teacher Tree—a cutout dollar sign that would be placed in surrounding businesses near the partner school. The idea was pitched to staff members of MDTP during the last of their class, and the project was picked up by MDTP as a new pilot program for the organization. After many months of planning, the prototype was eventually revamped into what it is today, Million Dollar Teacher Tree.

Golden Apple

These apples are intended to provide any sort of Professional Development which, in turn, gifts them with key knowledge to add to their personal skill-set to better work with their students.

As educators, teachers are constantly looking to continually grow in their profession to not only learn how to better connect with their students, but to also make the learning experience much more exciting.

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Red Apple

These apples are designed to provide the typical day-to-day items in the classroom. Teachers spend can spend upwards of $1,000 out of pocket to have enough supplies yearlong for their students– to alleviate this, the Red Apples were created.

Everyday school supplies include; pencils, notebooks, crayons, hand sanitizer, etc.

Green Apple

These apples are intended to provide a big-ticket item for the teachers. These supplies are typically something that the teachers can use for more than one school year.

Examples include; a class-set of computers or new furniture for the classroom.

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