2015 Innovative Grant Recipients
Casey Barnes, 7th Grade Math teacher at Smith Middle School, was awarded a grant for a 3D printer to enhance teaching of math concepts.
Jacqueline Allison, 3rd Grade teacher at Marti Elementary, was awarded a grant to establish a Literacy Library to facilitate guided reading instruction across grade levels.
Mindy Wilborn, Dyslexia teacher for grades 1-5 at Irving Elementary, will receive iPod Shuffles to enhance and reinforce instruction and student learning.
Sarah McClure, 2nd Grade teacher at Gerard Elementary, will use iPads to differentiate instruction to meet individual learning needs.
Rana Doran, Cleburne High School History teacher, was awarded a grant to subscribe to History Alive, an on-line curriculum, to enhance American History instruction.
Gwenda Davis, 6th Grade Science teacher at Wheat Middle School, will receive laptops to enhance research and virtual lab experiments in science classes.
Betsy Rains, Debra Beck, Ashley Hamel, and Holley Murphy, 1st Grade Team at Adams Elementary, will receive stability balls for seating for their students to enhance engagement, posture, focus and core strength.
Roel Pena, 6th Grade Science teacher at Smith Middle School, will receive additional computers to expand the resources available for the Advanced Placement Robotics Club.
Tyler Roady, PE teacher at Irving Elementary, will receive additional supplies and equipment to enhance physical education instruction for grades K-5.
2014 Innovative Grant Recipients
Wendy Piety, 1st Grade teacher at Adams Elementary, received two iPod Touch 5th Generation units to enhance the classroom Listening Center and replace Books-on-Tape to be used to improve reading skills.
Patty Grubbs, 2nd Grade teacher at Adams Elementary, received 25 Wide Gripe Stylus, to improve student writing skills in all areas.
Morgan Jenkins, 1st Grade (EC) teacher at Adams Elementary, received six iPad Touch with ear buds, to enhance resources in the classroom Listening Center to improve reading skills.
Jennifer Gaston, 3rd Grade teacher at Adams Elementary, received additional reading and math materials for increased hands-on-learning resources.
Mindy Wilborn, K-5 Dyslexia teacher at Irving Elementary, was awarded 10 iPad Minis, cases, a storage safe, and an Access Apple TV, to increase phonemic awareness, reading fluency, and differentiated instruction for students with dyslexia.
Autumn VanWinkle, 2nd Grade teacher at Coleman Elementary, was awarded two classroom iPads, cases, warranty and Apple Coreo to facilitate differentiated instruction in the classroom.
Terri Chambless, PK-5 Title I Math teacher at Coleman Elementary, was awarded math kits with manipulatives for classroom Math Centers and resource books for Grades 3, 4, and 5.
Jill Crook, Kindergarten teacher at Gerard Elementary, was granted an award for books and CDs (Read- Along-Library) for the classroom Listening Center to improve reading skills.
Emily Moring, Dyslexia teacher for Grades 1-5 at Gerard Elementary, was awarded a classroom set of iPads with cases, warranty and software management system to improve reading skills.
Andrea Ewell, 7th Grade Science teacher at Smith Middle School, was awarded two microscope cameras for use with iPads to enable students to view and record micro-organisms at work.
Roy Pena, 7th Grade Science teacher at Smith Middle School, received a set of magnets for atom experiments and Lego Robotics kits for Advanced Placement Science students to build programmable robotics projects.
Katie Cunningham, Science Curriculum Coordinator, was awarded a grant to bring the Perot Museum of Nature & History Outreach program to Grades 6-8 at Smith Middle School to demonstrate classroom activities on force, motion and energy, physics and the heart. The project was coordinated by Roy Pena.
Vickie Kohl, 8th Grade teacher at Wheat Middle School received 30 keyboards for iPads to enhance student writing capability.
Bradley Morgan, 8th Grade Earth Science teacher at Wheat Middle School, was awarded an Augmented Reality Sandbox, video camera, projector, Xbox 360, and media remote to enhance instruction and to enable students to create topography models that are scanned into a computer.
Candiece Earley, 7th Grade English/Language Arts teacher at Wheat Middle School, was awarded classroom sets of reading materials and a Mimeo Board to expand the classroom library and to enhance instruction.
Jeri Hall, Cleburne High School Pre-Advanced Placement Chemistry and Physics teacher, was awarded a grant for a Smart Science System, consisting of digital data collectors for lab procedures.
Joe Hough, Cleburne High School Biology teacher, was awarded a grant for digital microscopes, to enhance instruction and improve student mastery of Biology concepts.
Kailah Ramsey, Cleburne High School Biology teacher, was awarded a grant to provide magnetic manipulatives to teach numerous Biology Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).
2013 Innovative Grant Recipients
Ellen Colbert, teacher at Coleman Elementary was awarded a Listening Center with headphones, books, CDs and two Kindles to increase reading fluency, vocabulary, writing and grammar skills with at-risk students.
Brandilyn Esquivel, K-5 teacher for English Language Learners, was awarded a grant to increase resources in the English Language Learner Reading Center.
Courtney Swaim, Coleman Music teacher, received four Drum Circle sets.
Amy Brown, Title I-Tier 3 teacher, received a SmartBoard to facilitate a multi-sensory approach to teaching reading intervention strategies.
Emily Moring, Gerard Dyslexia teacher, received a Mimio portable interactive whiteboard system to support multi-sensory learning to improve reading fluency, cursive writing, spelling and vocabulary.
Tracy Humphries, 2nd Grade teacher at Gerard, received a Root Vue Farm, Composting Kit, and Science books to expand hands-on learning opportunities with insects, composting, plants, and a root farm.
Peggy Cross, 4th Grade teacher at Santa Fe Elementary, received 10 iPad Minis to improve student achievement in reading, writing, phonics, and vocabulary.
Shauna Boles was awarded a grant to develop a campus garden project for Science classes at Santa Fe Elementary.
Melinda Goff and Miki Alexander, 8th Grade Math teachers at Wheat Middle School, were awarded two Mimio Teach Interactive Systems to enhance Math instruction.
Otto Keubler, 9th Grade Algebra teacher at Cleburne High School, received a SmartBoard to enhance classroom instruction.
Carol Jenkins, Cleburne High School Science teacher, was awarded a grant for interactive calculators for use in science labs which was transferred to Joe Hough for implementation.