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Northeast Times | October 20, 2021

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KISD: Education Foundation Surprises 29 Educators With More Than $100K In Grant Funding

KISD: Education Foundation Surprises 29 Educators With More Than $100K In Grant Funding

For the second consecutive year, the Keller ISD Education Foundation has awarded a record amount of monetary grants to District teachers for innovative educational projects and programs in 2019.

Forming a celebratory “grant patrol” on January 10 and 11, Foundation board members and other District and community leaders presented awards totaling $102,639.18 to 29 Keller ISD educators at 22 campuses across the District.

The grants represent the most dollars the Keller ISD Education Foundation has presented in its annual grant program since the Foundation was created in 2005. The awards provide funding for innovative educational projects not covered by KISD’s normal operating budget that stimulate students’ creativity and expand the existing curriculum.

Logging 24,506 steps – or 12 miles – Education Foundation board members, District administrators, corporate sponsors, and the Keller ISD high schools’ drumlines traveled from campus to campus and surprised the educators with news they had been awarded the funding for their proposals.

The Foundation raises money for the grants throughout the year via public donations, corporate contributions, and its annual Gala, which will next be held on April 12. All full-time Keller ISD employees were eligible to submit grant proposals requesting support for innovative and creative approaches to identified classroom needs or special student-based projects.

Congratulations to the following Keller ISD educators awarded grants for 2019:

  • Dell Ison, Keller Center for Advanced Learning – Going Live! A Whole New World
  • Michelle Greenwald, Whitley Road Elementary – STEMScopes Hands‐On Exploring Labs
  • Christy Goff, Parkwood Hill Intermediate – A Picture Book a Day Keeps the Dullness Away
  • Lindy Kaemming, Park Glen Elementary – Outdoor Learning Experience
  • Suzanne Ross, Park Glen Elementary, and Diana Colby, Bluebonnet Elementary – STEAM Backpacks
  • Diana Colby and Belinda Gatson, Bluebonnet Elementary – SPARK in the Dark: Igniting a Reading Culture
  • Sarah Briggs, Parkview Elementary – Moving and Grooving with Social Emotional Learning
  • Tracie Bennett, Sunset Valley Elementary – Exercise Your Body, Exercise Your Mind
  • Pamela Neven, Fossil Hill Middle – The GeoBox Project
  • Meghan Batson, Vista Ridge Middle – Expeditions Accelerated Learning
  • Terri Levy, Heritage Elementary – Virtual Reality is OUR Reality!
  • Sara Parrish, Freedom Elementary – Bringing Nonfiction to Light(Box)!
  • Lori Murfin, Central High – Get Up and Math!
  • Heather Pedigo, Central High – Team CollaBOARDation
  • Sarah Reyes, Shady Grove Elementary – Music Chronicles
  • Charles Lair and Rebecca Morrow, Keller High – Embroidery & Entrepreneurship: Cross‐Functional Teamwork in CTE
  • Sandra McCorkle, Keller Middle – Breakout of Boring with Breakout EDU!
  • Becky Landry, Keller-Harvel Elementary – Make, Learn, and Succeed!
  • Rich Thomason, Keller-Harvel Elementary – “Oh Give Me a Home”
  • Kim Yarbro, Bear Creek Intermediate – Helping Students Form a STEM Identity
  • Lindsay Jackson, Indian Springs Middle – That’s Edutainment!
  • Karen Grantham, Bette Perot Elementary – A Bookmobile For Our School
  • La’Toya Haley Haynes, Timberview Middle – Claymation Socialization
  • Erika Klein, Timberview Middle – Book Clubs
  • John Magbuhat, Trinity Meadows Intermediate – Immersive Classroom 
  • John Magbuhat, Trinity Meadows Intermediate – S.T.E.M. Fieldwork
  • Catherine Schlebach, Independence Elementary – Osmo Genius Kits and iPads for the Classroom
  • Natalie Wood, Independence Elementary – Broadway or Bust… the Sound System!