Disney Celebrates Teacher Appreciation Week with $150K in Donations to Schools, Nonprofit Organizations

Tristen Gell

by , Senior Manager, Communications, Walt Disney World Resort

I wouldn’t be the person I am today without the incredible teachers I was so lucky to have over the years, and I’m feeling particularly grateful for each and every one of them as we round out Teacher Appreciation Week. 

Teachers often leave a lasting impact on our lives, and one of the many reasons why I love working at Disney is the ability to give back to those who give so much to their community and the people in it – like our local teachers right here in Central Florida. In fact, in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week and the 50th Anniversary celebration, Disney is donating $150,000 to help fund teacher enrichment programs in Orange County Public Schools and the School District of Osceola County, as well as support for outreach programs at A Gift for Teaching, an organization dedicated to providing educational resources that empower teachers to inspire future leaders. Each organization will receive $50,000 to further invest in programs that continue to support and develop our local teachers in Orange and Osceola counties.

“I appreciate Disney being so close to our community and seeing the need that teachers have,” said Alvin Olivo, Digital Media Teacher at Osceola County School for the Arts. “As an educator, this is going to help me become more effective in the classroom and help my students achieve more.”

Teachers with balloons

For as long as I can remember, working for Disney as a “storyteller” was always a dream of mine. Among the dozens of wonderful teachers I had over the years, one professor in particular helped me to see that my dream could become a reality – shoutout Mr. Little. I know my story is not unique; many of my fellow cast members have amazing teachers and mentors in their lives too, and it’s especially cool to hear how some have found that special connection through the Disney Aspire Program, our education investment program for hourly employees that helps put career dreams within reach.

“Through Disney Aspire and other programs here at Disney, we see the profound impact teachers have on our cast members firsthand,” said Tajiana Ancora-Brown, Director of External Affairs at Walt Disney World Resort. “While Teacher Appreciation Week may be coming to an end, Disney is committed to investing in teachers, students and our local schools year-round.”

To read more about some of the other ways Disney is supporting our storytellers of the future, click here.