Toyota Family Teacher of the Year Promotes Family Literacy Programs

Earlier this month, Toyota and the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) announced that Mary Andrews was the 2017 Toyota Family Teacher of the Year, surprising her during a reading event she had set up for local families.

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After retiring from a 40-year teaching career, Andrews has dedicated herself to expanding family literacy programs throughout the Chapel Hill, NC area, in order to better serve vulnerable parents and children. In addition to her title, Andrews and the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Public School Foundation received a $20,000 check to help further the Family Reading Partners (FRP) program's outreach.

Fernando Gonzalez of Tuscon, Arizona, was named the runner-up for his efforts. Gonzalez and his organization, Make Way For Books, were given a $5,000 grant to continue their work in engaging families with seven-week literacy programs that come to where they already are.

In a press release, Mike Goss, General Manager, Social Innovation, Toyota Motor North America, stated, " We’re proud to recognize Mary Andrews as Toyota Family Teacher of the Year and Fernando Gonzalez as runner-up for their dedication to countless children and families through their family literacy programs."

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