Over $30,000 Awarded in Teacher Grants

August 22, 2017



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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