One night only – honey badger transforms into shark: Tyrann Mathieu, Kansas City Chiefs’ star safety, will headline Teach For America Kansas City’s 4th annual Shark Tank: Teacher Edition
Mathieu will join local media personalities, Jenny Matthews and Gary Lezak, on Thursday, Oct. 24 to evaluate pitches from Teach For America Kansas City educators pursuing $20,000 in funds for their classrooms
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Oct. 8, 2019) – Tyrann Mathieu, the Kansas City Chief’s star safety prominently nicknamed “Honey Badger,” along with local media personalities, Jenny Matthews of Mix 93.3 and Gary Lezak of KSHB 41 Action News, will comprise the panel of sharks at Teach For America Kansas City’s fourth annual Shark Tank: Teacher Edition on Thursday, Oct. 24 at Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland. The trio will hear and evaluate pitches from Teach For America Kansas City educators and alumni for projects aimed to improve their classrooms, schools and communities in front of a live audience. The teachers will enter the shark tank in pursuit of a portion of $20,000 in funds that will be awarded to the them based on the sharks’ final evaluations and votes.
An April 2019 report published by the National Education Association found that public school teachers in Kansas and Missouri were paid some of the lowest salaries in the nation, with the two states ranking at no. 41 and no. 43, respectively. And yet, teachers nationwide spend a collective sum of $1.6 billion of their personal income each year to support their classrooms due to underfunding.
The contestants of the fourth annual Shark Tank: Teacher Edition are:
- Izsie Robinson, Brookside Charter School and Teach For America Kansas City 2017 alumna
- Alexis Filippo, Kansas City International Academy and Teach For America Kansas City 2015 alumna
- Team of Dominic Greenlee, Teach For America Kansas City 2016 alumnus, and JJ Dorrell, Teach For America Kansas City 2017 alumnus, both of University Academy
- Team of Ashia Caraway and Kayla McClellen, both current Teach For America Kansas City teachers at Northeast Middle School
- Team of Andrew Murphy, Teach For America Kansas City 2014 alumnus, and Alex Ornelas, current Teach For America teacher, both at Carver Dual Language School
Past Shark Tank: Teacher Edition contestants have used their winnings to start school-wide health initiatives, launch music programs, bring diverse literature to classrooms, and enable high school students to participate in a college-level hackathons.
Fourth annual Shark Tank: Teacher Edition details:
Date: Thursday, Oct. 24, 6 p.m.
Where: Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland
Price: $75 general admission; $25 for teachers
Details: Tickets include food stations curated by Open Belly, a local podcast exploring Kansas City’s vibrantly diverse food culture, an open bar, silent auction, and viewing of the Shark Tank: Teacher Edition program.
Entertainment: Kansas City’s Kemet the Phantom will perform, along with The Paseo Student Choir.
For more information about and tickets to the fourth annual Shark Tank: Teacher Edition, visit bit.ly/sharktanktfakc.
About Teach For America Kansas City
Teach For America Kansas City works in partnership with urban communities in Kansas City to expand educational opportunity for children. Teach For America was founded in 1990 and came to Kansas City in 2008. The organization recruits and develops a diverse corps of outstanding leaders to make an initial two-year commitment to teach in high-need schools and become lifelong leaders in the effort to end educational inequity. Nationally, Teach For America is a force of nearly 60,000 alumni and corps members committed to profound systemic change. From classrooms to districts to state houses across America, they’re reimagining education to realize the day when every child has an equal opportunity to learn, to grow, to influence, and to lead.