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Community Foundation of West Texas Awards Over $28,000 in Teacher Grants

The Community Foundation of West Texas is pleased to announce the awarding of Mini-Grants for Teachers totaling over $28,000.00 to 37 South Plains Area elementary and secondary school teachers for the implementation of creative classroom projects during the 2018 – 2019 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 $1000 for creative classroom projects that will enrich their curriculum. This is the nineteenth 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 2018 mini grants cycle was provided by the South Plains Foundation, Parkhill, Smith & Cooper, Dr. Lou Diekemper, the Rushing Endowment, the Bigham Fund and the Odyssey Endowment.

Listed below are the Mini-Grants for Teachers recipients for the 2018-2019 school year:

  • Danette Aleman, Sharp Academy - Multi Sensory Art

  • Kelly Beasley and Elizabeth McGinnis, All Saints Episcopal School - Sewing Skills for Beginners

  • Michelle Burrus, Trinity Christian Elementary School - Rooted in Reading-Mentor Texts

  • Tanya Carder and Jared Kitchens, Frenship Elementary GT - If You Build It, They Will Learn

  • Ida Cisneros, Frenship Middle School - Targeting Nonfiction Reading

  • Kayla Davis, Waters Elementary - Makerspace/STEAM

  • Karen Earhart, Plainview Christian Academy - Chemistry Visuals

  • Dolores Flores, Capitol Elementary - Classroom Library (Book Nook)

  • Tee Hale, Spur Elementary - 100% Interactive

  • Dee Ann Helton, Plainview Christian Academy - Compare/Contrast WWII Nonfiction Literature

  • Nealy Holly, Irons Middle School - Did I Miss Anything While I Was Gone?

  • Peggy Hurley, Trinity Christian Elementary School - Drums Alive-Drumtastic

  • Lauren Jones, Sharp Academy - Mastering Comprehension Skills

  • Meredith LaFavor, Trinity Christian School - Differentiated Instruction Integration

  • Kalan Lamberson, Cathelene Thomas Elementary - Living on a Chair!

  • Tara Lehman, New Home ISD - Clay Works IV

  • Melanie Martinez, Garza County Regional Juvenile Center - Life College Mini Chromebook Station

  • Carlene Minnie, Maedgen Elementary - Science Over the Year

  • Kim Mock, Kingdom Prep Academy - ROCK'n Around the Clock!

  • Will Moncrief, Post Elementary - Music Honor and Post Music Class

  • Valerie Moore, Plainview Christian Academy - Math: It's Just a Game

  • Elva Munoz, Crosbyton CISD - Online Language Acquisition/Assessment

  • Crystal Osborn, Post Elementary - CSI: Wildlife Crime Investigation

  • Nonnie Peters, New Deal ISD - EV3 Nation

  • Michelle Post, Plainview Christian Academy - Dissecting Labs and Foldables Bundle

  • Larry Pugh, Ropes ISD - Making Every Step Count

  • Cody Redfern, Laura Bush Middle School - Hydro or Compo?

  • Jennifer Rivas, Monterey High School - Book Club Book Love

  • Sherri Rodriguez and Mary Jamison, Slaton Junior High - Break Out of the Norm

  • Erin Settle, Stewart Elementary - Dash and Dot + iPads

  • Vanessa Silvas, Hodges Elementary - Ozobot Adventures

  • Tara Skinner, Levelland ABC - Building on Independent Successes

  • Kathy Taylor, Ralls Elementary School - From Bells to Boomwhackers

  • Amy Williams, Frenship Middle School - Igniting the Passion with Non-Readers

  • Bethany Williams, Plainview Christian Academy - Raz Plus Radical Readers

  • Connie Wolcott, Trinity Christian High School - Goodbye Overhead Projector

  • Danelle Young, Ervin Elementary - Comprehension Construction

Since 1997, the Mini-Grants for Teachers program has awarded 600 grants to 586 teachers in 123 schools in 19 school districts. Mini-Grants totaling over $440,000 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.

In addition to offering assistance to teachers through the Mini-Grants for Teachers Program, the Community Foundation of West Texas currently administers two hundred and 286 funds with assets exceeding $40 million. 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. 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.

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