Teachers receive schools foundation grants

April 20, 2010

By Chantelle Lusebrink

Issaquah School District educators have received grants to help students achieve big ideas next year.

Issaquah Schools Foundation officials released more than $73,000 in Academic Enrichment Grants to more than 30 educators March 18.

The funding helps bolster programs in classes throughout the district, amid a year when district officials aren’t sure whether state cutbacks will affect their budget.

“School district resources are in short supply for even the basics like new curriculum, much less the extras that help learning really come alive for students,” foundation Executive Director Robin Callahan wrote in an e-mail. “In addition to supporting teachers looking for those enriched learning opportunities for their students, these grants seed innovative programs that often become districtwide initiatives.”

There are two types of grants foundation officials give out, the Kateri Brow Big Idea/Biggest Need Grant and the Classroom Enrichment Grant. Both enable teachers to fulfill educational goals in classrooms throughout the district.

The Kateri Brow Big Idea/Biggest Need Grants range from about $500 to $10,000. They are awarded to teachers and district staff who need additional funding to begin or continue programs with vision and innovation in the classroom. The foundation awarded $56,250 in the grants this year.

Pine Lake Middle School students Maddie McGregor (left) and Laurel Buck work with teacher Eric Ensey on an awareness video in his hybrid multimedia class. By Christopher Huber

The Classroom Enrichment Grants provide teachers and staff up to $1,000 to purchase innovative supplies or tools for their students. The foundation awarded $16,786 in the grants this year.

Sunset Elementary School librarian Sandy Mullis received a Classroom Enrichment Grant to purchase books meant to supplement the school’s art curricula.

“My budgets usually aren’t able to stretch from supplementing our intense curriculum to the arts, so I started thinking of how else I could fund this small niche,” she said. “My joy now will be to purchase a collection of almost $550 worth of interesting children’s stories of artists, some museum books and even some quirky color books.”

Kateri Brow Grant recipients

  • Bethany Stead: $1,495 to purchase BrainPop! curriculum for third- through fifth-graders at Discovery Elementary School.
  • Joshua Almy: $10,000 to fund the after-school homework program at Beaver Lake Middle School.
  • Condee Wood: $8,000 to form a multi-age advisory program at Pacific Cascade Middle School.
  • Jo Simpson and Janet Barry: $5,000 to fund the Canine Connections vocational veterinary program at Echo Glen Juvenile Facility.
  • Robin Earl: $9,119 to purchase materials to begin a comprehensive art program and a leveled library program to help students engage in reading at Creekside Elementary School.
  • Dana Bailey: $8,441 to fund a seventh period at school to provide support for struggling learners at Pacific Cascade.
  • Joy Allison and Lane Helgeson: $9,009 to purchase media library tools to engage students at Tiger Mountain Community High School.
  • Sharon Solie: $2,378 to purchase books that students can take home to read with their families at Maple Hills Elementary School.
  • Jolene Anderson: $500 to purchase science laboratory models on video for struggling students at Pacific Cascade.
  • Peggy McNees: $2,307 to purchase a curriculum with books and activities for kindergarteners at Issaquah Valley Elementary School.

Classroom Enrichment Grant recipients

  • Stephanie De Jesus: $812 for “Making Meaning: A Picture Book’s Guide to Comprehension” at Newcastle Elementary School.
  • Barbara Irish: $575 for a singing machine that will help beginners learn to sing and record music at Issaquah High School.
  • Barbara Terasaki: $1,000 to purchase a take-home reading program to boost student achievement at Grand Ridge Elementary School.
  • Kelly Crickmore: $1,000 for a subscription to BrainPop!, an online learning service at Clark Elementary School.
  • Jaimy Kim and third-grade teachers: $500 for a geologist to speak to third graders about rocks and minerals at Sunny Hills Elementary School.
  • Krisla Mulvany and fifth-grade teachers: $984 to purchase historical fiction novels to compliment curricula at Endeavour Elementary School.
  • Gabrielle Herring: $977 to start a Growing Sprouts Garden program at Endeavour.
  • Gail Oseran: $992 for her Culinary Kids program that focuses on engaging unmotivated students at Pine Lake Middle School.
  • Michelle Blake: $864 to purchase StartUp Phonics Skill Set curriculum for kindergarteners at Sunny Hills.
  • Cheryl Churchill: $671 to purchase new books at various levels of reading ability for first graders at Issaquah Valley.
  • Dawn Harper: $949 for a signing machine that will also be used for recording at Issaquah Valley.
  • Trina Loehndorf: $1,300 for reading assessments and a set of English language books for kindergartners at Cougar Ridge Elementary School.
  • Vicki Hoffman: $990 for a clay wheel and slab roller for the art docent program at Tiger Mountain.
  • Stacy O’Daffer: $967 for art equipment at Endeavour.
  • Eric Ensey: $885 for the Digital Video in Community Service Documentaries class at Pine Lake.
  • Peggy McNees: $774 to purchase new kindergarten books at Issaquah Valley.

May Pelto: $1,000 to purchase new books that will help teachers engage all students in reading activities at Clark.Sandy Mullis: $541.95 to purchase books that will supplement Sunset’s art curriculum.

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