Featured Grant Story: Mini-Grants for Teachers

August 7, 2019

The Community Foundation of West Texas is pleased to announce the awarding of Mini-Grants for Teachers totaling over $40,000 to forty-nine South Plains Area elementary and secondary school teachers. During yesterday’s reception, the audience was full of creative, intentional and dedicated teachers ready to implement creative classroom projects during the 2019 – 2020 school year. These new projects provide exceptional educational opportunities for more than 6,000 students (See the table below).  


The 21-year-old Mini-Grants for Teachers program recognizes the commitment of great teachers and awards grants of up to $1,500 for innovative classroom projects that will enrich their curriculum.  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 2019 mini grants cycle was provided by the South Plains Foundation, Parkhill, Smith & Cooper, Dr. Lou Diekemper, the Rushing Endowment, the Bigham Fund, the Odyssey Endowment, the Larry & Marry Franklin Endowment, and an anonymous donor.



Since 1998, the Mini-Grants for Teachers program has awarded 651 grants to 637 teachers in 123 schools in 19 school districts.  Mini-Grants totaling over $440,000 have provided enriching academic experiences for thousands of students. Mini-Grants proudly recognizes and rewards outstanding efforts of teachers in the South Plains region. 


 In addition to assisting teachers through the Mini-Grants for Teachers Program, the Community Foundation of West Texas currently administers three hundred and four (304) funds with assets exceeding $48 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.   


Mini-Grants for Teacher 2019 - 2020 Awardees:

Jared Warsing  Roosevelt ISD 

Tsiolkovsky Level Rocket PBL Project Plan

Kim Mock  Kingdom Preparatory Academy 

"Chicka Chicka Boom Boom!"

Michelle Post   Plainview Christian Academy

9th - Insect Collection  12th - Brain Dissection

Shanna Sides  Kingdom Preparatory Academy 

Bolder Builders!

Marcy Martinez  Trinity Christian Elementary School 

Choose Your Best Spot In 

Amy Pebsworth  Capitol Elementary School  

Classroom Library Enhancement

Tara Lehman  New Home Independent School District

Clay Works V

Vicki Sellers  Crosbyton Middle School

Dangerous Silences: Surviving Despot Rulers, Then and Now

Ollie Hart  Abernathy Elementary School 

Dash Ahead 

Karen Earhart  Plainview Christian Academy 

Concentration of a Solution:  Beer's Law

Mindy Hamilton  Trinity Christian Elementary School 

Code, Create, Collaborate.

Lindsey Sexton  Southcrest Christian School 

Elementary Robotics for Makerspace 

Christi Peck  South Elementary School 

Engaging Classroom Library

Trey Ogletree  Jayne Ann Miller Elementary 

Flexible Seating for Dynamic Learning

Dee Ann Helton  Plainview Christian Academy 

Escaping the Ordinary: Breakout Boxes for Classroom Enrichment

Shawn Pebsworth  Capitol Elementary School  

Classroom Library Enhancement

Candace Cameron  All Saints Episcopal School 

Finding Our Singing Voices Through Puppetry

Norma Luker  Roosevelt Elementary

Flexible Seating 

Amanda Sutterfield  Plainview Christian Academy 

Experimentation Station

Darra Brown  Kingdom Preparatory Academy 

Family Game Night

Barbara Young  Frenship ISD Westwind Elementary 

Fractions - It's All About The Parts

Elizabeth Jack  Oak Ridge Elementary 

Hands on Science and STEM Lab

Amy Reece  Slaton Junior High 

Identifying Relationship Between Force, Mass, and Acceleration

Kristy Sanders  Capitol Elementary 

Improving Hand-Eye Coordination and Balance

Valerie Moore  Plainview Christian Academy 

Geometry:  Seeing is Believing

Dr. Penny Carpenter  All Saints Episcopal School  

School Growing Green

Mark Lang  Roosevelt Elementary School 

Hands on Kinesthetic 

Chelsea Brady  Upland Heights Elementary School 

Its Osmo Time!

Milene de Farias  Southcrest Christian School 

Kindling the Spark of STEAM 

Pat Hightower  Spur Elementary School 

Let’s Celebrate the Bill of Rights and Voting Rights Amendments 

Shavonne Gowens Crosbyton Elementary School

Literacy Enrichment Program

Kaci Lee  College Hill Elementary

Math Literacy Library 

Alison Dailey  Oak Ridge Elementary

Multisensory Reading & Spelling Kits

Dallas Grimes  Roosevelt Jr. High School

Manifest Destiny

Ashley Davis  Levelland Middle School

Science in Action

Crystal Osborn  Post Elementary School

Sciencecabulary: A "Word" About Science Vocabulary

Irma Sizer  All Saints Episcopal School

Self discovery through printmaking: A print exchange portfolio 

Erin West  Kingdom Preparatory Academy

Setting the Stage for Success: Discovering Potential Through Creativity

Wanda Shelton  Garza County Detention Center Campus

Solving the Changing Variables of a Blended Math Classroom

Shana Keeton  Oak Ridge Elementary

Response to Reading Intervention Materials and Activities

Tee Hale  Spur Elementary School

Spur Science Students Seek Sustainability

Brent Parr  Roosevelt Jr. High School


Tate Albright  Heritage Middle School

Student Take Reading Back Literature Circles

Leslie Tatum  Estacado High School

Theatre Safety and Storage

Bethany Williams  Plainview Christian Academy

Thundering Math Triple Toss

Allison Sell  Hillcrest Elementary School

Ukelele Utopia

Stephanie King  Kingdom Preparatory Academy

Understanding DNA and Building DNA Models

Charla Cogdill  Levelland Middle School

Visualizing the Spectrum 

Michael Garza  Wilson Independent School District

Renewable Energy West Texas 


These teachers, with their commitment to innovation and education, are making a daily difference in the lives of kids in our community and our future.  It's inspiring to watch.  We here at CFWTX are grateful to play a part in helping them achieve these goals!



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