The Hays CISD Education Foundation presented Innovative Teaching Grants January 7, 2011.
Almost $24,000 was distributed to eight groups of teachers in the school district.
Foundation Executive Director Angie Mendez said,“It’s always been a challenging job for our committee of Foundation members to select from such great innovative ideas,” Mendez noted, adding that “more and
more grant applications…that are better and better in framing their creative proposals” make the challenge that much greater.
In the last ten years, the foundation has awarded over half a million dollars of Innovative Teaching Grants to Hays CISD teachers.
The Hays CISD Education Foundation will present another round of grants later this year. In addition, the foundation also holds the annual recognition of the district’s teachers of the year, the Dale and
Libby Linebarger Academic Awards Reception for Hays, Lehman, and Academy
students finishing in the top 10% of their class, and an annual round of professional
development grants for local educators.
The complete list of the Foundation’s January, 2011, Innovative Teaching Grants
• “Advanced Placement in Foreign Language for Speaking”—Claudia Vasquez
and Anne Marie Leroy—Lehman High School–$2,100—The grant funds thirty
digital audio recorders, to be used by Spanish and French language students,
enhancing personalization of their daily learning experience.
• “Back to Our Roots—A Community Greenhouse Project”—Guy Gandre,
Jeremiah Thomas, Melissa Garraway—Barton Middle School–$5,000—
Directly linking with the “environmental stewardship” component of the district’s Strategic Plan, the greenhouse project (among other goals) seeks to
establish the use of sustainable resources such as solar power and rainwater
• “Developing Young Musicians: There’s an App for That!”—Cecilia Pena, Tracy
Mulligan—Kyle Elementary School–$4,900—The grant funds eight iPads,
apps, headphones, and all supporting materials to support integration of
technology with elementary music education.
• “Music + Math = Magic”—Dina Secrest, Lindsey Little, Debbie Sparks, Jon
Rholes, Tracy Farmer, Celia Mireles—Negley Elementary School–$4,200—
Purchase and implementation of the Frog Street Kindergarten Sing and Read
Music and Math program will, among other things, use interactive songs to
help introduce and strengthen math skills.
• “Novels at Noon”—Karen Kessel, Kady Dupre, Julianne Carroll, Sarah Woelfel,
Karen Snyder, Melissa Krueger—Tobias Elementary School –$930—The
“Novels at Noon” Reading Club will provide ten copies each of ten reading
selections for 2nd and 3rd Grade Language Arts/Reading.
• “Roll Out the Red Carpet for Books”—Carrie Bartsch, Lauren Kluck—Hays
High School–$1,560—Five 24-inch “Big E” Digital Frames will allow students
to create and edit their own trailers for selected books, to be displayed in the
library, visually encouraging reading.
• “Theatre for a Small Planet”—Marissa Meek—Lehman High School–$1,100—
The grant funds supplies and equipment for development of a student developed, multi-cultural children’s play that will be taken to the district
• “What’s Your Pulse?”—Wendy Bergstrom—Lehman High School–$4,000—
Health science students enhance their 21st Century technological skill with a
Welch Allyn Vital Signs Monitor.
Innovative Teaching Grants 2010