Who we are, where we’ve been & where we’re going…
In the spring of 2006, a Knox County school teacher was feeling weary and needed a firm reminder why she should keep teaching after nearly 20 years in the classroom. After prayer and reflection, she turned to an old cassette recording of Dr. Guy Doud sharing his insights as National Teacher of the Year. She responded to his enthusiasm and passion in a new way — and she just couldn’t keep it to herself.
What if every teacher was inspired and motivated to help all students reach their full potential?
What if…? is a powerful question, but only when the response is action. God ignited a spark in her heart that day and that spark grew into what would become Reach Them to Teach Them! Our success is due to answered countless prayers and a tireless “dream” team of volunteers. Our team continues to grow and live up to our name because Reach Them to Teach Them has no paid staff. Our volunteers donate their time, talent, resources, and most importantly, their prayers, to serve the Lord and others through this mission. No one draws a salary, no one stands to gain anything the world considers valuable, but the treasure lies in hidden places and the returns are exponential. Our founder prefers to keep her name out of it. This mission isn’t about her; it isn’t about the Dream Team—this mission is ultimately about the calling God has given us to reach out to others with love and inspiration. Through the leading of His Spirit, Reach Them to Teach Them events have grown from the basement of a small West Knoxville church to the majestic Tennessee Theatre and beyond.