The Education Fund’s ‘Teach-A-Thon’ draws 200 volunteers

Education By Linda Trischitta, Editor Wednesday, March 1, 2023

     Banking executive Hector J. Ponte recently brought his calculator to a Miami classroom to teach students about financial health.

     Ponte is one of 200 business professionals who participated in The Education Fund’s annual five-month campaign called the “Teach-A-Thon.” 

     That’s when business professionals become Public School Champions and swap places with teachers for a day, the Fund said.

     “I have served on the Board of Directors of The Education Fund for more than 20 years and I’ve seen firsthand their efforts to support our local teachers as they face the many challenges that come with their profession,” Ponte, region director for Wells Fargo South Florida Branch Banking, said in a press statement. 

    “And as the son, spouse and father of current and former public school educators, I am incredibly proud to advocate for this organization along with the support of my employer, Wells Fargo,” he said.

     His company as well as The Graham Companies; Assurant; Kaufman Rossin and many other firms in South Florida support the Fund, which is based in Miami Lakes.

     The volunteers teach and raise money from their networks so that public school teachers may obtain supplies and technology to help their students learn.

     Executives share their expertise in science, history, math, finance and language arts in the country’s third largest school district, the Fund said.