About the Program
Drs. Greg and Nicole Nalchajian of Nalchajian Orthodontics pioneered the first annual Smiles For Teachers program designed to celebrate and recognize teachers that go above and beyond for their students. It provides one special teacher in the Fresno and Clovis community with a complimentary Invisalign® or braces treatment. The procedures give patients a brand-new smile by permanently straightening the alignment of their teeth.
The Smiles For Teachers program opened the first application period on April 2, 2018, and ran until April 26, 2018. Nearly 100 applications were received from teachers in the community. In their applications, teachers described their commitment to education and how their smile negatively impacts their confidence. A common struggle mentioned was affording the treatment, especially when teachers are buying essential classroom items for their students completely out of pocket.
From the pool of applicants, the top 24 finalists were selected and posted on our website. The public was encouraged to vote for their favorite teacher finalist from May 1, 2018, to May 7, 2018. In just one week, 7,349 votes from Fresno and Clovis area residents flooded in, and one final recipient was selected.
ABC30 KFSN Fresno and Central Valley News followed the program since the launch in April and announced the final recipient on their station on May 9, 2018. They announced Joey Neuenschwander for the complimentary braces or Invisalign® treatment.
Joey, 24, of Clovis, CA, is a seventh- and eighth-grade music teacher at Kastner Intermediate in Fresno. He moved to California from Ohio to pursue his dream of teaching music to children. He is recently married and working to pay off his student loans. He stated that getting his teeth fixed was not in the budget for him. In his application, Joey said, “I became a teacher, and I continue to come back to my job each day because I want to raise the next generation to love music, to learn to serve their community, and to passionately pursue their dreams!”
Drs. Greg and Nicole Nalchajian are honored to provide this opportunity for teachers in the community and are excited to help Joey transform his smile.