Grand Prize Winners Announced for National Teachers Make a Difference Every Day Photo Contest, Common Themes of Dedication and Love Connect Winners

Duluth, GA, May 06, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The winners of the national 2019 Teachers Make a Difference Every Day Photo Contest have been announced by the contest sponsors, the companies of Excelligence Learning Corporation (ChildCare Education Institute, Children’s Factory, Discount School Supply, Educational Products, Inc., Frog Street, Life Cubby and Really Good Stuff). The 847 nominations for top teachers from around the U.S. recount stories of compassion, dedication and enduring love in the classroom. Here are the top three winners and links to their contest entries:

FIRST PLACE ($1,000): Ashley Chauvin (1,704 votes)
Young Audiences Charter School – Gretna, LA

SECOND PLACE ($500): Corinne Luck (1,134 votes)
Kiddie Kingdom – Ashland, VA

THIRD PLACE ($250): Brooke Dunstan (828 votes)
Good Samaritan Child Development Center – Baltimore, MD

A total of 11,311 votes were cast during the designated voting period (April 22-28, 2019), and the contest web page had 89,510 total views! In addition to the top three winners, daily prizes were also awarded from the seven sponsoring companies throughout the nomination period. Daily prizes included Amazon eGift Cards, gift certificates from each of the sponsoring companies, free trainings and more. Visit the social media pages of the sponsoring companies to read about the daily winners.  The winners come from various states, backgrounds and philosophies of teaching – and their profiles reflect a deep and enduring commitment to their students, according to the nominations.

“I feel that teachers make a difference everyday by making students feel like they matter and they are enough,” commented First-Place Winner, Ashley Chauvin. “All too many times students come to school feeling as though they don’t meet the expectations of society. In my classroom, every kid is a champion, a rock star, a leader, ENOUGH! This contest has been amazing. It has brought teachers accomplishments into the spotlight. It also created great friendships between me and other contestants. We are now connected through social media and have been sharing tips and tricks. What started as a competition ended as a friendship and further professional development.”

See the complete details on the winners’ entries and the many exceptional teachers here:

About Excelligence Learning Corporation (
Excelligence Learning Corporation is a leading developer, manufacturer, distributor, and multi-channel retailer of over 20,000 innovative, high-quality and grade-appropriate educational products and teaching solutions, which are sold primarily to early childhood learning centers, elementary schools, PTAs, and consumers. The company has three core divisions: Supplies (Discount School Supply, Really Good Stuff, and Steve Spangler Science), Equipment (Children's Factory, Angeles, Steffy Wood Products and Learning Carpets), and Services (Educational Products, Inc., ChildCare Education Institute, Frog Street, and LifeCubby). With over 30 years of experience serving children, educators and parents, Excelligence's diversified portfolio of leading brands delivers quality, innovation, service and value on a global scale. Leading proprietary brands include: Colorations®, BioColor®, Excellerations®, MyPerfectClassroom®, Environments®, Steve Spangler Science™, and LifeCubby™.

About ChildCare Education Institute® (
ChildCare Education Institute® provides high-quality, distance education certificates and child care training programs in an array of child care settings, including preschool centers, family child care, prekindergarten classrooms, nanny care, online daycare training and more. Over 150 English and Spanish child care training courses are available online to meet licensing, recognition program, and Head Start Requirements. CCEI also has online certification programs that provide the coursework requirement for national credentials including the CDA, Director and Early Childhood Credentials. CCEI, a Council for Professional Recognition CDA Gold Standard℠ training provider, is nationally accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) and is accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).

About Children’s Factory® (
Children’s Factory® is the premier supplier of early childhood classroom furnishings and indoor/outdoor play equipment. The U.S. based manufacturer and distributor consists of three trusted brands: Angeles®, Children’s Factory® and Learning Carpets™. Together, these brands have served the early education market for a combined total of over 100 years. The broad assortment fills any learning space with beautifully crafted storage, seating and floor coverings in addition to unique play equipment that encourages discovery, motor development and social interaction. These leading brands have become the first choice of educators and parents seeking to create safe and inspiring play spaces.

About Discount School Supply (
With a focus on early childhood education, Discount School Supply provides a wide assortment of products designed to help make learning fun. From our innovative and unique collection of proprietary items to all of your favorite national brands, we have everything you need to support your classroom. Plus, when you shop with us you will experience superior service, free shipping on stock merchandise over $99, and our 110% Low Price Guarantee. Come visit us today and see why Discount School Supply is the premiere one-stop shopping destination for all your early childhood education needs.

About Educational Products, Inc. (
Educational Products, Inc. (EPI) is a division of Excelligence Learning Company, and is the nation’s leader in prepackaged and bulk school supply programs. Based in Texas for over 35 years, EPI helps schools and parents save time and money on school supplies. Additionally, EPI works with nonprofits, school districts, churches and corporations seeking to sponsor school supplies for students in their communities as part of the School Supply Outreach Program. Beyond school supplies, EPI helps schools and organizations by offering quality custom imprinted apparel, fundraising programs, and science fair supplies.

About Frog Street (
Frog Street is a leading provider of comprehensive early childhood education solutions to public schools, Head Start programs and early child care centers, with a focus on children from birth to age 5. Frog Street’s curriculum programs are based on early brain research and provide intentional age-appropriate instruction that is aligned to both federal and state standards. The Company also develops engaging and interactive professional development programs, including product training, conferences, continuing education, and quality assessment tools to measure students’ progress.

About LifeCubby (
LifeCubby provides a comprehensive and easy-to-use set of child care management software tools that bring efficiency and functionality to the child care center. As the only product of its kind created and led by an early childhood center owner, LifeCubby is uniquely positioned to give teachers and families a feature set and user interface built specifically for their needs and preferences.

About Really Good Stuff® (
Founded in 1992, Really Good Stuff, LLC works side-by-side with educators to create high quality and affordable products that provide teachers, primarily in grades K-8, with innovative solutions designed to make a difference in students’ lives. Today, through its catalogs and website, the company offers more than 7,500 items, including classroom organization solutions such as bins, baskets & bookcases to fun educational activities in the language arts, numeracy and STEM, introducing over 500 new products annually.



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