Van ISD Education Foundation awards annual grants for innovative classroom projects

Published on Wednesday, 2 November 2016 18:29 - Written by

Special to the Tyler Morning Telegraph

More than a dozen teachers at Van ISD have received funding for innovative class room projects.

The Van ISD Education Foundation surprised 18 teachers with over $10,600 to fund eleven grants on three different Van ISD campuses on Monday.

The foundation awards grants annually each fall.

“ … We love our teachers and are so excited to be able to award grants each year so they can enhance the quality of instruction they provide for Van ISD students," said VISD Education Foundation Executive Director Lynsey Admire. "Grant day is a really exciting day. It’s so fun to see the surprise on the teachers and students faces when we arrive at their classroom door with the Vandal Band blasting the fight song while confetti cannons and air horns are going off around them.” 

Teachers submitted grant proposals in September. In October, the Foundation’s programs committee met to review all applications. The following teachers were awarded grants:

Van High School journalism teacher Jeanette Germany was awarded $953.64 for her grant “GO-ing Further” to purchase two GoPro Hero cameras.

Tammy Kirk, VHS AP Biology teacher, was awarded $932 to take her AP students on a trip to Houston to witness a live open heart surgery from the observation room in the heart institute at St. Luke’s Hospital.

Fifth grade math teachers Christie Multhaup and Alynda Davis teamed up to write two grants totaling $1,297. “Getting Math Done with Style” will provide each 5th grader with a stylus so they can easily complete assignments legibly on their iPads. The second, “A Bouncy Way to Learn,” addresses the various learning styles within classrooms today by providing Bouncy Bands for each student desk.

Mallory Modesitt, a 3rd grade teacher at Van Intermediate, was awarded $394 for a similar grant, entitled “Flexible Classroom Seating.”

Van Middle School choir teacher, Amy Parish, was given $944 for her grant, “Boomwhackers.” 

Sixth grade reading teachers Tammy Huff, Patty Garland and Ashton Melton, were awarded $2,055.06 for their grade level grant, “Novel Units for Sixth Grade.”

Tambi Daugherty, Cathy Wheeler, and Kelly Diaz, intervention teachers at Van Middle School were given $2,275 for “iSpire Dyslexia and Reading Program.” Kelly Diaz states, “iSpire offers a digital program that can be pushed on to student iPads.

Third grade teachers at Van Intermediate School, Renee Breaux, Angela Clark, Rachel Parker, and Angel Shoquist, were given $400 to purchase an app to increase spelling and vocabulary skills.

Christy Pack, behavior intervention teacher at Van Intermediate and Van Middle School was awarded $995.89 to set up a sensory integration room.

Monica Cooke, fifth grade science teacher at Van Middle School was given $420.50 to purchase items that will help science come to life for her students.

The Van ISD Education Foundation is a nonprofit organization, founded in 2001 to provide funds to facilitate student achievement, recognize and encourage staff excellence, and expand community involvement from individuals, businesses and civic organizations. To date, the foundation has awarded over $234,000 in innovative teaching grants and $35,000 in student scholarships.