Fourth grade teacher Stephanie Lederman was awarded the prize in November. Lederman said that before the makeover she rarely used the lounge because it was so “outdated and cramped,” opting to take lunch in her classroom instead.
But she won’t anymore.
“It’s almost like a spa,” Lederman said at the unveiling Tuesday. “The stress melts away as you walk through the door; it’s that delightful. I can see coming in to have coffee, hang out with my colleagues and share adult conversations while recharging for the rest of the day.”
The redesigned lounge has new flooring and rugs; new appliances including a refrigerator, microwaves and coffee maker; larger tables with bench seating to accommodate more people; and updated storage options.
Designers have added soothing colors and accent pieces and a reverse osmosis water filtration system was also installed, replacing a water dispenser and dozens of 5 gallon bottles.
“Oh my gosh; I am so blown away. I will be spending a lot more time in the lounge because it’s now so intimate and nice,” Lederman said.
The contest was created to provide educators a more conducive environment to take a break, relax and reinvigorate during the day. Stephanie says she is excited because the revitalized lounge will be a huge morale booster for the entire school and staff.
Santan is the 11th school to receive a School Lounge Makeover® from California Casualty. Stephanie learned about the contest through the Chandler Education Association.
School Lounge Makeovers are just one of many ways California Casualty gives back to educators. Teachers with a need for classroom supplies and materials can also apply for a $2,500 Academic Award at www.calcasacademicaward.com.
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