Sorrento Elementary School’s Morgan Hebner, a 5th-grade teacher, was surprised as the winner of the Renovate to Educate contest on Thursday. Organized by Addition Financial, the Renovate to Educate program aims to transform classrooms and honor educators who go above and beyond for their students.
Morgan’s compelling essay detailing the need for a classroom makeover captured the hearts of the selection committee. Describing her current classroom as lacking vibrancy and inspiration, Morgan expressed her desire to create a bright, modern-style learning environment for her students. With walls adorned in drab off-white cinder blocks and hues of yellows and browns, Morgan envisioned a transformation with aquamarines, lilacs, peaches, and whites, fostering a welcoming atmosphere that ignites a passion for learning.
“Every child wants to walk into a classroom that makes them feel excited,” she says. “Excited to be there, excited to learn, excited for all of the possibilities their future may hold. My goal as a teacher is to make every child that walks through the door feel welcome, that they belong, and they can do anything with their life.”
As the winner of the Renovate to Educate contest, Morgan will receive a dream classroom makeover valued at up to $2,500. The next step involves collaboration with a Seminole State College design student intern to bring her vision to life. The renovation will take place during the summer break, just in time for the new school year, ensuring that Morgan’s students return to an environment that sparks creativity and fosters a love for learning.
The Renovate to Educate program, now in its 6th year, is a cherished volunteering opportunity for the Addition Financial team. By partnering with local teachers and Seminole State College’s Interior Design program, Addition Financial continues its commitment to supporting education and empowering educators.
Stay tuned for the big classroom reveal in August.