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 2020 Painting Giveaway: Creating Calm in Chaos for a Local Teacher

We all know how hard teachers work and appreciate the incredible effort they put into educating and looking out for our kids. This year, that appreciation has likely hit an all-time high, especially as remote learning has given us a front-row perspective on all that educators juggle, and we’ve watched them quickly adapt to new teaching and learning models.

Here at Shaker Painting, we felt it was high-time we showed our appreciation in a tangible way! We decided to give local friends and neighbors the opportunity to nominate a teacher for a free paint job in the room of their choice, along with a gift card to a local home improvement store.

We’re excited to announce that Marina Orozco-Ngu is our winner! While we nail down the details and get her project rolling, we thought we’d give you the chance to get to know her (and her passion for teaching!).

Meet Marina, an Incredible Local Teacher

Marina, is a teacher, a student advocate, and the owner of an office space that could use a little love.

In fact, once schools were shut down, she immediately got to work making a stand-up desk out of her bookshelf so that she could film pre-recorded lessons for her students. In talking with her, it’s so obvious that personal connection is a crucial part of her teaching philosophy, helping her students feel valued.

It’s no surprise that she chose her office for the makeover! We can’t wait to paint it for her, and she says that she’ll be using her gift card to get fully organized and better equipped for virtual teaching. She says, “It is where I work from home when I'm catching up on email and planning for school, so having the space newly painted will help me reorganize and make it a space that's calming in the midst of chaos!”

She was kind enough to share a bit about herself as well. We picked a few of our favorite questions and answers, and hope you enjoy them too.

Q. What drew you to the teaching profession?

I have wanted to be a teacher since I was very young! I had amazing teachers, but I fondly remember my 1st and 4th grade teachers. They instilled in me a love of writing, a love of learning, and genuinely cared about me as a person. As I entered high school and college and had to make decisions around my future career, I focused my intentions more around serving communities of color and being an advocate for students who had big dreams of achieving goals in their lives. All of my career, I have worked in Title 1 schools. I feel that is where I am most needed and where I can make the biggest difference!

Q. What has been the biggest challenge you’ve encountered as a teacher during the pandemic?

Phew! I would say remaining mentally strong so that the pressures and learning curves have as little impact on my students. The biggest learning curve has been learning how to teach strictly through technology and engaging students through a computer. There are amazing tools out there for teachers, but it takes time to learn them well and prepare lessons that are high-quality and will give us opportunities to help students grow!

Q. What do you find most rewarding about teaching?

My biggest reward is when students smile! When my students smile, I know they feel safe, they are having fun, and they trust me. Kids naturally find joy in life, and in turn, it helps me to see the good in life also!

Stay Tuned!

Thank you to Marina and all our amazing teachers! We hope you’ll stay tuned for our next article, featuring the actual transformation of her home office space. You won’t want to miss it!

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Thomas Richard Cruz
Facilities Manager
It is my great pleasure to provide this letter of recommendation for Shaker Painting Inc. Shaker Painting recently completed a full exterior trim replacement and paint of our five-story building, Broadway Junction, at 1165 Broadway, Denver CO. The Shaker team conducted themselves with professionalism and performed in a manner that was the least disruptive to all parties affected by the work. Closing-off parking spaces, managing staging area(s) for materials and the overall safety for pedestrians were some of the challenges presented to Shaker. Not a single complaint was issued for the duration of the work. Communication was excellent as Shaker personnel were required to access the roof and maintain the security setup at the building. As we have worked with Shaker on previous projects, we will continue to work with Brent Rumpf, Ed Gonzales, Jason Moore, and the rest of the Shaker team on future projects and I would recommend the same to any property and/or property management organization.
Susan K Lind
CEO
I have known Brent with Shaker Painting for approximately 3 years and find him to be a business man with integrity and the knowledge to provide excellent customer service. I have spoken to a few of his clients and they couldn’t be more pleased with his professionalism and perfection in his job.
CHRISTINA B.
HOA COMMUNITY MANAGER
The Board and I were very satisfied with the initial presentation provided when bidding on the work. We were also satisfied with the overall work completed. Jason (Project Manager) was wonderful to work with and handled all requests and questions professionally and promptly.
Susan L
CEO
I have known Brent with Shaker Painting for approximately 3 years and find him to be a businessman with integrity and the knowledge to provide excellent customer service. I have spoken to a few of his clients and they couldn't be more pleased with his professionalism and perfections in his job.
Lecia Gill
Director Of Operations
The project went great! This was my 2nd overall property paint job with Shaker. It went smoothly with no issues. It's refreshing to work with a company that meets their promises fully! Thanks for always taking such great care of us!!
Josh Mariea
Homeowner
I highly recommend Shaker painting to all our friends and family.
Larry Healy
Community Manager
From the RFP to the initial walk through – from the proposal acceptance to the planning session – from the first day of work through the final day – every person at Shaker was professional, thoughtful, friendly and helpful. The project was completed well within the anticipated time frame and at a very reasonable cost. During the quality control walkthrough at the end of the project no deficiencies were noted. Every member of the community had only praise for the excellent job Shaker did. It was the best painting project I have ever been involved in as a Community Association Manager.
Jim R Tyler
President
Their work was instrumental in achieving the desired end results. We highly recommend Shaker Painting.
Britinie Horvath
The crew did an amazing job staining the decks/stairs to our condo complex. They were very nice and did great work. I highly recommend them!
JIM T.
President
Their work was instrumental in achieving the desired end results. We highly recommend Shaker Painting.
Christina Benevides
Association Manager
The Board and I were very satisfied with the initial presentation provided when bidding on the work. We were also satisfied with the overall work completed. Jason (Project Manager) was wonderful to work with and handled all requests and questions professionally and promptly.
Kenneth M Hofmeister
Homeowner
Everything. From Jason's first bid to the final coat of paint with [the project manager’s] crew, we were very pleased with the communication, the attention to detail and the care with which they protected the house, minimized the sanding dust and cleaned up after the fact carefully. The worry that we would have a major cleaning effort after the fact. We were able to clean and put back all the furniture, pictures and furnishings in less than a day.
George Johnston
President
Shaker Painting is a valued member of our team. With strong customer services and reliability, they are instrumental in the success of all our projects.
Coleen Carlson
Owner
I am proud to recommend Shaker Painting to all of my color customers.
Shirley Forbes
Community Manager
I think that the best part of the project was Jason Moore who was the project manager. He was always in communication and completely handled the whole project. He was extremely professional and we enjoyed working with him.

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