WWE star and Global Ambassador Titus O’Neil has continued to do service outside of the squared circle. He is all set to partner with Get Your Teach On in order to engage with 100,000 educators. The event will take place on September 26 at Thaddeus M Bullard Academy at Sligh Middle Magnet School in Tampa.
It has come to light via WWE that Titus O’Neil will be joined by Tampa Bay’s leaders and sports franchises to kick off the international Rock Your School event worldwide on Tuesday, Sept. 26.
It has come to light that the celebration, hosted by Get Your Teach On, will kick off at 8:05 a.m. ET at Thaddeus M Bullard Academy at Sligh Middle Magnet School in Tampa. The educational movement is meant to energize the K-12 teaching community, inspiring them to create an outside-the-box educational experience to engage their students and bring learning to life in their classrooms on that day.
Representatives from multiple organizations will accompany Titus O’Neil at the event. These include the Tampa Mayor’s office, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, the Hillsborough County Fire Department, the Tampa Police Department, the Tampa Fire Department, and representatives from local sports teams such as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tampa Bay Lightning, Tampa Bay Rays, University of South Florida, and Tampa Tarpons.
Actor Mario Lopez and the Ninja Kidz are teaming up to launch Rock Your School at Dahlia Heights Elementary School in Los Angeles. This initiative, spearheaded by O’Neil and Lopez, aims to get celebrities and athletes involved in creating engaging learning environments in schools all around the globe.
“We want to use this week to spark more innovative thought around education, community engagement and school pride, knowing that those in the teaching profession are often undervalued and underpaid,” Titus O’Neil said. “We want to motivate collaboration with other educators, understanding that no one is alone in this battle.”
Rock Your School comes at a time when schools are losing more teachers and fewer people want to become teachers. A Penn State study showed that the number of people training to become teachers has fallen from a pinnacle of 700,000 in 2009 to just over 400,000 in 2020, according to Chalkbeat.
“We want to keep good teachers in teaching,” O’Neil said, “and for them to feel inspired to continue to put positive people out into this world.”
“Choosing to partner with the Thaddeus M Bullard Academy at Sligh Middle Magnet School was easy because we have worked with Titus O’Neil over the last four years at our teaching and professional development conferences, and we see firsthand that he is a champion of education in our community,” King said. “We want to support schools and programs like Sligh.”
To register your school for Rock Your School, sign up here.