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‘Fixer Upper’ Couple Transforms Waco Teacher’s Classroom

Photos: HGTV, Joanna Gaines

Students and teachers spend the majority of their days in classrooms. It’s an important environment that should help students to focus and learn; however, that isn’t always the case. Some schools don’t have the funds to help teachers create an oasis for learning for their students. 

HGTV’s Fixer Upper couple Chip and Joanna Gaines recently partnered with the Wacoan, a Waco magazine, to give a classroom makeover to a local sixth-grade teacher.

Joanna Gaines
Joanna Gaines

Wacoans quickly nominated Tennyson Middle School math teacher Arelena Nixon. Nixon is a Baylor graduate and has worked at the school for three years.

Joanna Gaines
Joanna Gaines

“Our team came up with a design we hoped would inspire her and her sixth graders for the upcoming school year,” Joanna said in her blog. “More than anything, she was excited for her kids. That was what mattered to her the most.”

Joanna Gaines
Joanna Gaines

Most of the decorations HGTV’s Fixer Upper couple added to the classroom wouldn’t normally be approved by every school district, but Joanna offers several tips on her blog to create a similar effect.

Joanna Gaines
Joanna Gaines

“Not every school district will let you hang shiplap or build window awnings in your room, but everyone can plant a succulent garden in a window, put down an area rug to warm up all of the white, or use interesting containers to keep the room organized,” she wrote.

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‘Fixer Upper’ Couple Transforms Waco Teacher’s Classroom