A small, but important group of 10 traveled the district Tuesday afternoon, braving the cold and delivering checks by the Hays CISD Education Foundation to teachers for innovation in the classroom. The Fall round of Innovative Teaching Grants totaled $31,280 to 46 teachers at 10 schools and represents the ninth year that grants have been awarded in Hays CISD. Of the 10 schools, Chapa Middle School received three grants, and Hays High School and Kyle Elementary School each received two. Grant winners are:
o Cole Reynolds, Hays High School, “Bridging the Digital Divide,” $1,638
o Susannah Wynne, Terry Prindible-Smith, Owen Taylor, Chapa Middle School, “Alice in Wonderland,” $1,000
o Elisabeth Phillips, Scotty Vasquez, Luanne Bates, Impact Center, “Community of Stars,” $2,500
o Teresa Newhall, Chapa Middle School, “Cougars Crossing Boundaries,” $1,967
o Cynthia Zapata, Karen Zuniga, Owen Taylor, Altagracia Puente, Emily Repp, Chapa Middle School, “CSI: Chapa Science Investigators,” $3,250
o Tracy Mulligan, Kerri Jones, Carrie Adams, Renee Kocsis, Stacey Magnesio, Shelly Pruitt, Holly Brewer, Michelle Zuniga, Jais Specht, Kyle Elementary School, “KES Environmental Study Center-Earth Science Area,’ $5,000
o LeeAnn Voges, Amy Bradfield, Karen Kessel, Jill Williams, Jeannine Inbody, Science Hall Elementary School and Tobias Elementary School, “Learning and Literacy Across Hays CISD and Beyond!” $3,334
o Erin Sivils, Kendra Ivy, Nadine Hogan, Fuentes Elementary School, “Literacy and Social Skills Building for Children with Autism,” $4,187
o Carrie Bartsch and Staci Perkins, Negley Elementary School and Blanco Vista Elementary School, “Olympian Battle of the Books,” $547
o Julie Ward and Julie McCann, Hays High School, “Tai Chi for Students with Disabilities,” $1,350
o Amanda Sargent, Beth Barnes, Teresa Aziz, Stacey Magnesio, Carrie Adams, Michelle Zuniga, Erin Devetski, Amy Waugh, Marisa Garcia, Bertha Endsley, Michelle Bolinger, Kyle Elementary School, “The Daily Five Alive!” $4,507
o Betty Copeland, Dahlstrom Middle School, “Dahlstrom Middle School Chess Nuts Chess Program,” $2,000.
Since 2000, the Education Foundation has awarded $500,000 in Innovative Teaching Grants. The twice-a-year event has funded innovation in the classroom at elementary, middle and high school levels ranging in projects from the construction of a greenhouse and sale of plants to a partnership with the Fort Worth Opera to a summer library bookmobile.
by Julie Jerome
Chief Information Officer – Hays CISD