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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