The EPISD Education Foundation awarded 31 teachers at 24 campuses $28,000 in Classroom Impact Grants.
The grants combined with the $77,000 in scholarships awarded to the Class of 2016 in the spring and a special $10,000 STEM grant for Irvin High School means $115,000 in contributions that the Foundation has giving back to the District this year.
“We are pleased to be able to provide EPISD with $115,000 in funding to promote innovation in teaching and enhance the overall quality of education for EPISD students,” Foundation President Russell Wiggs said. “It’s a joy to see the surprised looks on teachers and students’ faces when we announce their names for grants and scholarships. We know the funding makes a difference to them.”
The Foundation has scheduled visits throughout September and early October to award the grants and give teachers an opportunity to talk about what the funding will be used for in their classroom in front of their peers.
It is also gave Wiggs an opportunity to talk to teachers about the Employee Giving Campaign, which runs Oct. 31. Go to myepisd.org to sign up for Employee Giving.
“Employees are becoming more aware of the Foundation and what we do to benefit teachers and students in EPISD,” Wiggs said. “We are grateful for the contributions made by EPISD employees.”
Grant proposals will be accepted online beginning in March 2017. A notice will be sent to all EPISD teachers to inform them of the grant process.
This year’s winners are:
Cathlene Chapman Bonham Elementary
Naomi P. Delgado Burnet Elementary
Kimberly Benford Charles Middle
Michele Adauto Coldwell Elementary
Gabina Valadez Collins Elementary
Denise Ortega Collins Elementary
Brenda Southern Collins Elementary
Renee Aguirre Coronado High
Jennifer Wilhite Coronado High
Jenni Pilant-Rey Fannin Elementary
Simon Chandler Hart Elementary
Luis Castaneda Henderson Middle
James Sumpter Jr. Irvin High
Hazel Lundeen Kohlberg Elementary
Stephen Bonscher Kohlberg Elementary
Emma Balansay Lee Elementary
Sarah Matthews Logan Elementary
Jeannine Jaramillo Mesita ECDC
Heather N. Lewis Mesita ECDC
Lourdes Minton Mesita ECDC
Juli Porflit Moye Elementary
Christine Miles Nixon Elementary
Gloria Zafiro-Salazar Polk Elementary
Elaine Myers Polk Elementary
Kathleen Garcia Roberts Elementary
Melissa Sharpling Ross Middle
Alma Sanchez Rusk Elementary
Guadalupe Tapia Silva Magnet
Felicia Wilkinson Stanton Elementary
Elizabeth Prestwood Travis Elementary
Lisa Schoenbrun Western Hills Elementary