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TUCSON, Ariz. –  Ten outstanding school teachers from across the country were honored this week as part of Mister Car Wash’s Inspiring Futures – Teacher Appreciation program. Each winner received a $500 grant for their classroom and a complimentary annual Unlimited Wash Club® pass. The total value of the awards given to teachers totaled over $32,000.

According to Ciera Lopez, Community Relations Specialist with Mister Car Wash, the company’s Teacher Appreciation campaign began April 3rd, when Mister Car Wash invited customers to nominate a teacher who inspires others to shine by sharing their story. The response was immediate with many customers sharing stories of inspiration of teachers who are making a difference every day. The company received over 1,000 submissions that represented classrooms in each of the cities where they operate locations.

“I personally reviewed every nomination and was blown away by the tremendous impact these individuals are having on our communities.  Every submission was so heartfelt,” said Lopez. “The Teacher Appreciation portion of our Inspiring Futures program reminds us that thousands of teachers go above and beyond every day inspiring others to shine and our panel, which included CEO John Lai, had a tough time selecting this year’s ten grand prize recipients,” Lopez added. In addition to the ten grand prize winners each nominee was sent a complimentary platinum car wash pass and letter of appreciation, according to Lopez.

This is the second consecutive year that Mister Car Wash has recognized outstanding teachers in their communities.  “We’ve donated over $32,000 in grants and wash services as our token of appreciation and hope this campaign will continue to pay it forward by reminding communities to thank their teachers as another school year comes to an end,” said Lopez.

“Recognizing and celebrating exemplary teachers is by far one of the most gratifying things a CEO gets to do,” Lai said. “Hopefully every adult can look back on their childhood and point to a teacher who really made a difference in their life. That’s why it’s truly a privilege to help our customers recognize these community leaders who are playing such significant roles in young people’s lives. Not only are they educating our future leaders, they are role models for us all to draw inspiration.”

Teachers receiving top honors from Mister Car Wash this year include Mrs. Calvert, a fourth grade DECA teacher at Klenk Elementary School in Houston, Tex.; Miss Hernandez, an eighth grade math teacher at  Socorro Middle School in El Paso, Tex.; Miss Barone, a first grade teacher at Sulphur Springs Community  K-8 School in Tampa, Fla.; Mrs. McMillan, a fifth grade teacher at Michael Anderson Elementary School in Fairchild, Wash.; Mr. Clanton, a Construction teacher at Lamar County High School in Griffin, Ga.;  Mr. Horne, a ninth to tenth grade Bible teacher at Northside Christian School in St. Petersburg, Fla.; Mrs. Barnhart,  a ninth grade English teacher at Kipp Houston High School in Houston, Tex.;  Mr. McKinney, an eighth grade science teacher at Los Lunas Middle School in Los Lunas, NM; Mrs. Romo, a sixth grade language arts teacher at LW Cross Middle School in Tucson, Ariz.; and Mrs. Woodfin, a third grade teacher at St. John Vianney Catholic School in Gallatin, Tenn.

About Inspiring Futures

At Mister Car Wash we are committed to investing in the communities we serve. As a people first company we provide extensive training and development programs to our employees to set them up for success, this priority has also translated to the causes we support beyond the car wash through our Inspiring Futures program. Inspiring Futures is an investment into our communities’ classrooms by awarding grants to local schools and giving generously through our sponsorship, donation, and fundraising programs. In addition, we support our employees who are passionate about improving their knowledge and furthering their education by giving them the tools to shine, providing school supply kits and awarding tuition scholarships annually.

About Mister Car Wash

Headquartered in Tucson, Arizona, Mister Car Wash operates 227 car washes and 34 express lubes in 21 states. The Mister Car Wash brand is anchored in quality, friendliness and our commitment to creating memorable customer experiences. People are what make us successful and allow us to achieve high operational standards with unparalleled customer service. Through our commitment to excellence, we continue to recruit and retain top talent, develop best-in-class training programs and invest in employee benefits that cultivate a positive company culture. The Mister Car Wash experience is about inspiring potential and giving both our employees and customers the motivation to be their best. To learn more, please visit us in our stores or online at