Thredup Raise A Hand for Teachers + Link Up

Thredup Raise A Hand For Teachers Program

This is the first time is a long time that I’ve been THIS excited to write a blog post. When Thredup* contacted me to nominate a teacher to win $2,5o0 in classroom supplies I jumped at the opportunity.  For more details about the Raise a Hand for Teachers Program read on:

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  • Fashion resale site thredUP has partnered with to recognize and thank teachers for their hard work and the positive impact they make each day on our children’s lives.

  • Teachers are extremely generous with their time as well as their money. According to AdoptAClassroom, teachers spend an average of $500 of their own money each year to equip their classrooms. 70% of teachers have even purchased apparel items like jackets, socks and shoes for their students.

  • Read the inspiring nominations and watch an adorable video of kids thanking teachers, plus find new survey data from at


Believe it or not, once upon a time I was a teacher. For over 3 years I taught Saturday and Summer writing courses at Fordham University to some of the most talented and gifted middle-school students from Bronx and Harlem. I miss those days and look forward to being able to get back into doing some volunteer teaching soon.

That’s me in the middle, LOL!

Today I’ve chosen to nominate the gorgeous, smart, and uber talented Sasha Buchanan.


Sasha Buchanan is an educator who is committed to excellence and equipping her students to maximize their full potential.  Born in Bronx, New York and raised in Houston, Texas, she has seen all too well the disparities in education between the haves and the have-nots and has spent the last 10 years seeking to address issues that are all too often swept under the rug.

Sasha discovered her calling to education at a young age and tutored struggling students in high school, connecting the dots in concepts unobtainable in classroom lectures.  She continued to tutor student athletes in college, one of whom was severely dyslexic, and helped them on the pathway to success.  After completing her bachelor’s degree, she continued to nurture her thirst for educating others by teaching Kaplan courses for those seeking to further their education.


Sasha attended Howard University School of Law to focus on educational reform and graduated in 2010, but she could not escape her passion for instruction and has committed the last 4 years to teaching in inner city DC, an area rich in talent and potential but low in academic achievement and teacher retention.  Each year, she has decreased the achievement gap of her students and helped them exceed expectations by presenting material in innovative ways, creating a learning environment that allows every voice to be heard, and showing her students that she genuinely cares.

Currently, Sasha is volunteering her time and talent in the rural area of Portland, Jamaica; far from the resorts and the lush beaches you see on television.  Not only is she going to be teaching, but she has raised hundreds of dollars in school supplies to help the students have as equal a playing field as possible.

Sasha is an amazing teacher who DESERVES to win, so please don’t forget to cast your vote for Sasha HERE

More info:

  • Nomination period is July 15 – August 23

  • Three teachers each win $2,500 for classroom supplies and $500 to thredUP. 50 runner-up winners receive $100 to thredUP.

  • Winners will be announced on Tuesday, September 8 (following Labor Day weekend)

About thredUP at Back-To-School

  • Fashion resale site,, has all of my favorite kids brands, including GapKids, Janie and Jack, Lilly Pulitzer, Mini Boden, Zara Kids and more!

  • thredUP’s prices are always up to 90% off retail, so you don’t have to wait for the back-to-school sales to start to save a ton of money. I’ve already started shopping on thredup for my son. We know kids outgrow clothes faster than you can blink, so gently worn, almost new clothing is the way to go for me!

  • thredUP is a one-stop shop, with all of the top brands in one place at or on the mobile app.

* Disclosure* I received compensation in exchange for writing this post, however, all opinions expressed are 100% my own.

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  1. Hi Lisa, i follow your blog. I think this is awesome. I am from Jamaica and very passionate about education and know too much of the lack of supplies in the school system. My sister is a basic school teacher and I know first hand what she goes thru. I am forwarding this to everyone in my contact.

    Keep up the good work.

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