One In A Million

In May 2018, we launched the One In A Million (OIAM) feature series. Each month during the academic year, we highlight a phenomenal teacher who is doing amazing work & transforming the lives of youth. In partnership with varied local media & business outlets, the prize package for the featured teacher has included prizes like:

***MDTP & Community Gift Packages differ from month to month depending on availability & sponsorship level, if any.


One In A Million

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Feel Like a Million Dollars

The whole community is invited to vote for their favorite educator from our One in A Million featured teachers at the end of the academic year.

Thank you for taking the time to vote on your favorite One In A Million teacher from the 2022/2023 school year!

Our 2022/23 FLMD Grand Prize-winning teacher was Jenny Hansen, a 2nd grade teacher at Madrid Neighborhood School in the Alhambra Elementary School District in Phoenix. She won a $2,000 cash prize & took home a grand prize package including gifts & treats from JSX, Target, Phoenix Raceway, Dutch Bros., Tates Bakeshop, Quick Quack Car Wash, The Village Health Clubs & Spas, American Furniture Warehouse, Rainbow Ryders Hot Air Balloon Ride Co., Cricket, Discount Tire, Rick Bronson’s House of Comedy, Raising Cane’s, Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino & Resort, and Desert Botanical Gardens.

Voting for the 2023/2024 school year is open!

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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.

Suggested donation amount range: $10 – $100

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.

Suggested donation amount: $500+