Katy ISD Teachers Awarded More Than $333K in Grants this School Year


KATY MAGAZINE

May 15, 2019

By Jennifer Miko

The Katy ISD Education Foundation has been recognizing teachers throughout the district for their dedication to introducing enriching programs to their home campus. This year, Katy ISD teachers have been awarded $333,370 in "Inspiring Imagination Grants."

Inspiring Teachers' Imaginations

The Katy ISD Education Foundation's tagline reads: "Inspiring Imaginations across Katy ISD; Together, we're building a solid foundation." The foundation "serves as a catalyst for extraordinary teachers to create extraordinary classroom experiences for their students." In its first seven years, the Katy ISD Education Foundation presented more than $1.6 million dollars in grants.

The Katy ISD Education Foundation inspires teachers to create a classroom where every dream is a possibility, where extraordinary behaviors are the norm. Through the grants that these teachers have earned, they can continue to inspire their students' imagination, and encourage creativity that can positively impact the community.

Here is just a sample of some amazing Katy ISD teachers and their awarded grant projects:

JENKS ELEMENTARY

Lead Teacher: Kashif Aleem

Team Members: Mary White, Michael Kier, Jeannette Rodricks, and Kim Westmoreland

Rhythmic Rumbles with Rhythmical Movement

$4,314.70

KATY HIGH SCHOOL

Lead Teacher: Rhonda Burrough

Team Member: Kelly Knight

Pocket Prairie Plants

$2,490

TAYS JUNIOR HIGH

Lead Teacher: Stephen Bennett

Team Members: Christine Holt, Katrina Cerk, Elias Reyes, William Huff, Amy Suhrer

and Shanna Morgan

Exploring Soft Robotics

$5,000

HAYES ELEMENTARY

Lead Teacher: Allyson Patterson

Team Members: Sarah Nelson, Brittney Brown and Sara Hernandez

Wild Weather

$4,208

TOMPKINS HIGH SCHOOL

Lead Teacher: Michelle Tuttle

Team Members: Mona Clark, Kristel Green and Karla White

Mental Health Support for High School Students

$5,000

WOLMAN ELEMENTARY

Lead Teacher: Kristy Grubbs

Team Members: Jennifer Studdard, Tasneem Abousteit, Sarah Russell, Christina Garrett, Catherine Justilian, Micah Prochnow and Patricia Wagner

READ TO ME Project

Up to $5,000

MORTON RANCH HIGH SCHOOL

Lead Teacher: Sarah Gonzalez

Team Members:James Duncan, Sarah Palmer, Marina Ealy,

Sarah Thomas and Ed McFarland

Step Into History

$5,000

KATY JUNIOR HIGH

Lead Teacher: Lesley Craig-Unkefer

Team Members: Laura Phillips and Barbara Kerr

Friendship Grows Project

$4,357

MAYDE CREEK HIGH SCHOOL

Lead Teacher: Patricia Wangler

Team Members: Cynthia Mulkey, Amanda Leonhardt, Mary Dawson

Gucci Reads (Good Books)

$5,000

WINBORN ELEMENTARY

Lead Teacher: Christen Jones

Team Members: Marianne Wise and Kendra Sherman

Full STEAM Ahead: Creating Sound Stories

$4,564

MCMEANS JUNIOR HIGH

Lead Teacher: Kristine Moline

Team Members: Dana Hoover, Steven Bell and Caitlin Steger

Here Comes The Sun

$4,780

Supporting New Classroom Experiences

The foundation invites people to imagine a classroom that swaps exercise balls for desk chairs and is populated by 16-year-old scientists in safety goggles and lab coats. They challenge parents to imagine a classroom where dirt, mulch and broccoli replace concrete, carpet and worksheets and lessons combine entrepreneurship and environmentalism.

The Katy ISD Education Foundation unites people and companies with big hearts and a big belief in Katy ISD teachers and students to provide unprecedented opportunities for both. To join us in helping extraordinary teachers create extraordinary classroom experiences visit their website.

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