Nearly $30,000 awarded to Mini-Grants for Teachers this year

August 18, 2016

The Community Foundation of West Texas is pleased to announce the awarding of Mini-Grants for Teachers totaling nearly $30,000.00 to South Plains Area elementary and secondary school teachers for the implementation of creative classroom projects during the 2016 – 2017 school year.  This year the Community Foundation of West Texas received 75 requests for funding through this project and funded 42 requests. These projects will provide exceptional educational opportunities for more than 4,000 students.


Congratulations to the 2016/2017 Mini-Grants for Teachers awardees who were recognized at a reception on August 17, 2016 at the Science Spectrum.


Mini-Grants for Teachers is a program that recognizes the commitment of great teachers and awards grants of up to $1000 for creative classroom projects that will enrich their curriculum.  This is the seventeenth 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 2016 mini grants was provided by the South Plains Foundation, Parkhill, Smith & Cooper, W.B. & Mozelle Rushing Fund, and Mrs. Daylia Vaughan.


Since 1997, the Mini-Grants for Teachers program has awarded 516 grants to 498 teachers in 120 schools in 19 school districts.  Mini-Grants totaling over $382,000.00 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.


In addition to offering assistance to teachers through the Mini-Grants for Teachers Program, the Community Foundation of West Texas currently administers over one hundred ninety (190) endowments with assets exceeding $37 million. Hundreds of grants and scholarships are awarded each year to address community needs in the areas of arts and culture, civic and community, education, social services and health and human services.  The Community Foundation of West Texas exists to help people who care about the Lubbock and the South Plains area to invest – at any level – in its future.


Listed below are the teachers, their schools and the project funded this year.


Manda Lozano   Sharp Academy Dyslexia Friendly/Social Emotional Classroom Library

Edie Hagler         O’Donnell Elementary    Eagle Robotics

Ollie Hart             Abernathy Elementary  Classroom Robotics

Tara Lehman      New Home ISD  Clay Works II

Melissa Arney    Honey Elementary           Chrometastic Storytelling

Patty White        Highland Elementary      The Sounds of Reading

Jill Reep               Ropes Elementary           Dash into Robotics

Raeline Reece    Post Elementary School Math Intervention

Pat Hightower   Spur Elementary              In Perfect Harmony

Tanya Carder     Frenship ISD       Engineering Chaos

Tammy Norris    Trinity Christian Elementary School          Classroom Instruments

Amanda Sutterfield         Plainview Christian Academy      Math Stations with Reading Integration

Kelsey Launer    Upland Heights/Frenship ISD      Read, Read, READ!

Jill Brown             Plainview Christian Academy      Wonderful Wacky Words

Candace Cameron           All Saints Episcopal School            Make Music Come Alive with Movement

LJ Bernhard        Upland Heights Love to Read about Math

Kerry Johnston  Lubbock-Cooper North Elementary          Learning Readiness Program

Sharla Methvin Levelland Christian School            Every Child is an Artist

Vicki Sellers        Crosbyton Middle School              Dynamic Duos: Pairing Middle/Elem Level Learners as Investigators/Writers

Jamie Moerbe   Plainview Christian Academy      Science is a Snap

Cindy Thoms      Levelland Christian School            Reading = Knowledge

Alli Richards        Upland Heights/Frenship ISD      Classroom Library

Desta Mason      Post Elementary School Techy Literacy for Kids

Tiffany Smith      All Saints Episcopal School            Mathematical Mission

Allison Martinez               Levelland Christian School            Moving to Learn

Crystal Osborn  Post Elementary School Innovative Intervention


Ida Cisneros       Frenship Middle School Literature Circles

Gayle Quigley    Plainview Christian Academy      Let’s get K’nex-ted to Physics!

Sara Hanoch       Ash High School Read Out Loud!

Jonathan Townsend       Whiteface High School   Pre-Engineering Class Materials

Curtis Ford          Trinity Christian School  Student Response System

Lauren Jones      Sharp Academy Take Flight Dyslexica Therapy Materials

Jim Bob Hambright          Estacado Middle School – Plainview         Who’s First

Rose Ikemba      Sharp Academy Plan B: Fit and Fun

Jamie Roe            Sharp Academy Don’t Stress, It’s Science

TBD        Sharp Academy Math U See

Kelly Beasley      All Saints High School     Making AP Statistics Fun!

Rhonda Smith    Kingdom Preparatory Academy Bullets and Bugs – Learning Forensic Science through Investigations

Sandy Carr           Lorenzo ISD        Growing through Gardening

Raymond Cortez               Sharp Academy Engage and Encounter Spanish

Jon Mark Hester               Plainview Christian High School  Banditos

Julie Goodloe    Coronado HS      Communion Project


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