Monday, September 8, 2014

Educators from 19 SBISD campuses awarded Mini-Grant stipends

Educators from 19 separate Spring Branch ISD campuses were named winners recently in the 25th annual J. Landon Short Mini-Grant program. In all, winning educators shared more than $16,700 in awards.

The award program is named in memory of founding SBISD Partners in Education Advisory Board member Landon Short. Endowment funding was provided by The Robert & Janice McNair Foundation to launch the program.

The Spring Branch Education Foundation and district partners Nexen and First Community Credit Union provided funding for this year’s program. The competitive awards are designed to support teachers and innovation in SBISD.

More than 60 applications were submitted during this year’s competition. All applications were reviewed in a blind judging process by two or more review panel members. Many community members and SBISD staff served as judges.

Highlights of this year’s competition:
  • 19 separate campuses are represented among the Mini-Grant Winners (See chart below)
  • 10 winning grants were submitted by teams of teachers
  • 16 grants were issued for projects in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
  • Nine grants were issued for Literacy related projects
  • Three grants were issued in General Education areas
  • Two grants fund campus Health & Wellness projects
  • Single grants were issued in both the Fine Arts and Career & Technical Education areas
Please join SBISD in congratulating the following teachers:

2014 SBEF J. Landon Short Mini-Grant Winners

Applicant Co-Applicant(s) Campus Project Title
Jacob Barton   Cornerstone Academy The Hour of Code
Kandi Bartling   Cornerstone Academy Now You See It!
Maureen Ucles Jamie Vendetti, Maria Sagredo, and Eduardo de La Paz with Consultation from Karen Justl Edgewood Elementary The Digital Literacy Club
Maureen Johnson Alicia Doffing, Eric Becker Memorial High School Hands on Ionic Bonding and IMFs
Kayman McIver Mark Miller, Anna Helm Memorial Middle School Owl Pellets
Allison Kohtz   Memorial Middle School Breakfast on Mars
John Markert   Northbrook High School Singing Beyond the High School Classroom!
Sabrina Lay   Nottingham Elementary Mathematic Super Powers
Annie Mitchell   Nottingham Elementary Heroes Among Us
Omayra Hernandez   Panda Path Amazing Insects
Theresa Schwab Trevino Stacye Foster Rummel Creek Elementary Programming and Robotics
Kristian Lenderman   Shadow Oaks Elementary edMosphere - Using Socio-emotional Information to Improve Teaching and Learning
Assael Guzman Jasmine Gutierrez, Luis Gonzalez, Linda Savcic Sherwood Elementary STEM Lab: A Place Where Curiosity Grows
Melissa Ramirez   Sherwood Elementary Making Connections to Make Lasting Impressions: Parent/Child Books Clubs at SWE
Andrea Stallworth   Spring Forest Middle School Middle School Statistics and Infographics
Donna Ward   Spring Forest Middle School Blended Learning Classroom
Kaitlyn Schwartz   Spring Woods High School Increased Literacy through Writing
Robin Kohler   Spring Woods High School Increasing Literacy in Science
Jamie Flint   Spring Woods High School Visualizing and Talking Chemistry
Shawn Mustain   Spring Woods High School You can do THAT! with DNA?
Joseph Maurer   Spring Woods Middle School Graphing Explorations
Suzan Lynch   Stratford High School Shoot Sports Photos Like a Pro
Betty Franklin   The Guthrie Center Rolling with Hair Rollers
Greissy Lara   Treasure Forest Elementary Imagination Comes to Life: Bringing Writing Back
Katie O’Brien Samantha Winkelman Westchester Academy Catapulting Candy
Jim Isleib Seda Dawson Westchester Academy Westchester Pocket Prairie
Ann King   Westchester Academy 100 Mile Challenge
Kristin Thompson Rachel Rose, Vanya Dimitrova, Jeremy Reese Westchester Academy No Child Left Indoors
Hector Gonzalez   Westwood Elementary Water Rockets Applied Science
Joanne Lim WWE 5th grade team 14-15 Westwood Elementary Girls in Engineering
Penne Irvin   Westwood Elementary Ludic Reading Library
Cathy Roth   Woodview Elementary Bridging a Generation Gap through Reading: A WVE Parent/Child Book Club


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