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Over $30,000 Awarded in Teacher Grants

The Community Foundation of West Texas is pleased to announce the awarding of Mini-Grants for Teachers totaling over $30,000 to 51 South Plains area elementary and secondary school teachers for the implementation of creative classroom projects during the 2017 - 2018 school year. These projects will provide exceptional educational opportunities for more than 5,000 students. Mini-Grants for Teachers is a program that recognizes the commitment of great teachers and awards grants of up to $1,000 for creative classroom projects that will enrich their curriculum. This is the eighteenth year of the program. All K-12 teachers who teach in an accredited school within the South Plains area are eligible to apply in June of each year. Funding for the 2017 mini-grants cycle was provided by the South Plains Foundation, Parkhill, Smith & Cooper, Dr. Lou Diekemper, Mrs. Audrey Divilbiss, the Lubbock Lions Club, the Bigham Fund and the Odyssey Endowment.

Since 1997, the Mini-Grants for Teachers program has awarded 563 grants to 549 teachers in 120 schools in 19 school districts. Mini-grants totaling over $412,000 have provided enriching academic experiences for thousands of students and have provided a means for recognizing and rewarding the efforts of outstanding teachers in the South Plains region.

Listed below are the 2017 Mini-Grants for Teachers recipients:

Jana Abston-Tubbs, Southland ISD

Growing Readers Through Literature Circles

Will Burks, Levelland High School

Rhythm Bee Rhythm Trainer

Candace Cameron, All Saints Episcopal School

Little Drums for Little Hands

Sandy Carr, Lorenzo ISD

Microscopes for Science

Ida Cisneros & Rosie Couto, Frenship Middle School

Engaging Students through Games

Jessica Coile, Roosevelt Elementary School

Ms. C's Sensory Safe Zone

Mika Damron, Roosevelt Junior High

Creating an Atmosphere of Empathy

Noelle Edwards, Stewart Elementary

Clay Club

Kim Felty, Trinity Christian School

Monkey See, Monkey Do!

Virginia Gerhardt, Cathelene Thomas Elementary

Tiggly Math

Ivy Gilbreath, Levelland Intermediate

We Can Learn!!

Julie Goodloe, Coronado High School

Communion Project

Hailey Hannan, Coronado High School

Child Soldiers and Their Road to Recovery

Janee' Harrison, Plainview Christian Academy

Document Camera

Lenzi Hart, Shallowater Middle School

SMS 8th Grade Chromebook Blended Learning

Pat Hightower, Spur Elementary School

US History, Brick by Brick

Jennifer Hooper, Plainview Christian Academy

Project Projector

Lauren Jones, Sharp Academy

Essentials for Grammar Instruction

Amy Kenley, South Elementary

The Home School Connection: Using High-Interest Texas to Authentically Engage Readers

Ashlee Laycock, Shallowater Middle School

SMS 8th Grade Chromebook Blended Learning

Tara Lehman, New Home ISD

Clay Works III

Manda Lozano, Sharp Academy

Supplemental Intervention for the Learning Different

Marla Maresca, Plainview Christian Academy

Learning to Read Music with Boomwhackers

Desta Mason, Post Elementary School

Techy Literacy for Kids

Kori McNeal, Cavazos Middle School

Learning in 3D

Dellwyn McSpadden, Kingdom Preparatory Academy

The Mummy Effect

Kim Mock, Kingdom Preparatory Academy

Gardens Galore!

Valerie Moore, Plainview Christian Academy

Algebra: Now You See It

Elva Munoz, Crosbyton High School

Language Acquisition/Application Lab

Jessica Murphy, Roosevelt Junior High

DoInk Drawing

Jennifer Norris, Levelland Christian School

Building a Fun Atmosphere

Crystal Osborn, Post Elementary School

Detectives of Change: The Case of the Different Structures

Gary Owens, Levelland Middle School

Performance Independence Through Smart Music

Gayle Quigley, Plainview Christian Academy

See Physics, Understand Physics

Jenny Ragland, Plainview Christian Academy

World Cultures Pottery

Janie Ramos, Ropes ISD

The STEM Lab

Shannon Rodriguez, Levelland Intermediate


Vicki Sellers, Crosbyton High School

Classy Connections in a Google Chrome Classroom

Martha Shaw, Bethany Williams, Jamie Moerbe, Jill Brown, Plainview Christian Academy

Back Alley Books

Kay Shepard, Bayless Elementary

Drums Alive

Tara Skinner, Levelland ABC

Cultivating Curiosity

Tamara Smith, Guadalupe Elementary

Life Skills for Students with Special Needs

Cindy Starcher, Shallowater Middle School

Working Piano Needed

Amanda Sutterfield, Plainview Christian Academy

Write Now Kindergarten!

Tim Tatum, Post High School

Stage and Theatrical Makeup

Sharon Terry, Bayless Elementary

Memory Book

Michelle Villegas, Edgemere Elementary

Kinder Station Activities

In addition to offering assistance to teacher through the Mini-Grants for Teachers program, the Community Foundation of West Texas currently administers over one 190 endowments with assets exceeding $42,000,000. Hundreds of grants and scholarships are awarded each year to address community needs in the areas of education, social services, health and human services, arts and culture, and civic and community.

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