Fifteen Indiana-based educators were honored on the field at Lucas Oil Stadium during the Big Ten Football Championship Game on Saturday, Dec. 1. Three of those teachers are with Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS):

  • Mallory Canning, Lew Wallace School 107
  • Bethany Jackson, Henry W. Longfellow Medical/STEM Middle School 28
  • Beth DeSalvo, Center for Inquiry School 27
Big Ten winners

This is the second win for both Jackson and DeSalvo.

In addition to being honored in front of the crowd of college football fans, each teacher —selected for their work in the classroom — received VIP tickets to the Big Ten Championship Game. They also received funding to enhance educational efforts in their respective classrooms and schools.

Each teacher was awarded a $6,000 grant (via a gift card) to DonorsChoose on behalf of Indiana Sports Corp, Big Ten and the College Football Playoff Foundation.

“We are pleased to continue our partnership with the CFP Foundation and Extra Yard for Teachers for a third consecutive championship game,” Big Ten Commissioner James E. Delany said in a press release. “This is a well-deserved recognition that highlights the impact these teachers have on the youth in the state of Indiana. The grants will allow these 15 educators to place a continued emphasis on the educational development of the next generation of college students.”

Each year, the CFP Foundation partners with the Big Ten Conference to continue funding educational initiatives in the state of Indiana.