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Foundation awards more than $94,000 in scholarships, grants to teachers and staff

Over $94,000 in scholarship and grant money was recently awarded to 139 Denton ISD teachers and staff members by the Denton Public School Foundation in partnership with the district, local businesses and community leaders. 

 

The funds are being utilized by teachers to enhance classroom instruction and for staff development, said Jackie Jackson, executive director of the Foundation. Since its inception in 1995, the Foundation has awarded more than $2.85 million in grants and scholarships to teachers and staff, as well as more than $800,000 in student scholarships.

 

The recipients will be honored at a special reception with the Denton ISD Board of Trustees at 4:45 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 14, at the Stephens Central Administration Building located at 1307 N. Locust Street.

 

Honorees include:

 

Adkins Elementary

Kelly Quinn McGee – Unique Impressions: Culture, Process and Art Through Printmaking – VLK Grant-to-Teachers 2012 and Denton Public School Foundation Grant -- $998.43

Lisa Mims, Ashley Jones, Tayrn Stanley & Joan Draving – Ready, Set, Move!! Targeting Movement for Mindfulness – Ben E. Keith Grant-to-Teachers and Denton Public School Foundation Grant -- $967.10

 

Bell Elementary

Alasdair Green – Learning in Motion!Balfour Beatty Grant-to-Teachers 2014 and Denton Public School Foundation -- $878.50

Robin Russell – iPads for Coding and Beyond -- Denton Chamber of Commerce/Adopt-A-School First Year Teacher Employee Grant -- $924

Kate Wurtzel – School-Wide Collaborative Art ProjectDATCU Grant-to-Teachers 2005 and Denton Public School Foundation Grant -- $600

 
Blanton Elementary 

Bonnie Bynum – 2017 National Reading Recovery and K-6 Literacy Conference -- $1000.00

 

Borman Elementary 

Elaine Downey – Take Five – Book Cents Library Grant -- $929.95

James Jones – Van Gogh Flowers – VLK Grant-to-Teachers 2014 and Denton Public School Foundation Grant - $790.33

Chris Shapley, Olga Andrews – Fit for Life – Alice Smith Grant-to-Teachers and CoServ Foundation 2016 Grant -- $1000

Timothy Vasquez – Courses for Bachelor’s Degree – Suarez Family Scholarship -- $500

 

Cross Oaks Elementary

Cassie Nguyen –Kindergarten Alternative Seating Project – Balfour Beatty Grant-to-Teachers 2008 and Denton Public School Foundation Grant -- $974.18

 

Ginnings Elementary

Kay Adamson – Can You Say Suminagashi? – Groundhog Day Gala 2006 Grant-to-Teachers and Denton Public School Foundation -- $869.90  

Jenifer Fuller – Courses for Associate’s Degree – Denton Public School Administrators’ Assn. Scholarship -- $500

Geoffrey Gauntt – Helping Hands – Denton Chamber of Commerce/Adopt-A-School First Year Teacher Employee Grant -- $500

Michael Leonas – Mariachi Initiative Project – DATCU Grants-to-Teachers 2012 and 2014 -- $1000

Michael Leonas – Spanish Language Arts Development – Denton Public School Foundation Scholarship -- $798.81

Leah Teer – Hi-Lo Library –Denton Public School Foundation Grant -- $137.50    

Kelli Whisenhunt – Full Steam Ahead – CoServ Foundation 2016 Grant -- $505.85

 

Hawk Elementary 

Amanda Belcher & Laurie Henigan – Hands-On Learning – Bringing STEM into our Second Grade – CoServ Grant-to-Teachers 2015 -- $708.71

 

Hodge Elementary

Sharon Betty – Playing with Logic – Denton Public School Foundation Grant -- $125.69

John Brandon Miller – Mariachi/Guitar Ensemble – Balfour Beatty Grant-to-Teachers 2013 and Denton Public School Foundation Grant -- $841.06 

John Brandon Miller – Texas Music Education Assn. Convention – Peggy Sparks Memorial Scholarship and Denton Public School Foundation Scholarship -- $530

 

Houston Elementary

Patricia Boosa – First Grade Scientists Really Matter to Me! -- Teresa Andress Grant-to-Teachers and CoServ Foundation 2016 Grant -- $875

Angie Pippin – Make Reading SPARK! -- Denton Public School Foundation School Wide Initiative Grant -- $4000

 

Lee Elementary

Karsen Hatcher – Family Fun Literacy Night – Reading Beside the Campfire – Balfour Beatty Grant-to-Teachers 2005 and Denton Public School Foundation Grant -- $998.27

Heather Parkerson – Let the Games Begin! – Literacy in Action – Vicki Sargent Grant-to-Teachers and Denton Public School Foundation Grant -- $736.94

 

McNair Elementary

Michelle Heidrich – Makerspace Mania -- Stantec Grant-to-Teachers and CoServ Foundation 2016 Grant -- $990.29

 

Pecan Creek Elementary

Denise Evans – National Reading Recovery & Early Literacy Conference – Mike Gregory Scholarship -- $1000

Victor Lozada – Conversational Solfege – Learning Music as a Language – Denton Public School Foundation Grant -- $279.95

 

Providence Elementary

Kristi Ballard – RE-Vibe and Re-Focus – Ray Braswell, Sr. Grant-to-Teachers and CoServ Foundation 2016 Grant -- $1000

 

E. P. Rayzor Elementary

Courtney George, Aleshia Moore, Danielle Rafferty – Read with Raz! – Doug Key Grant-to-Teachers and Denton Public School Foundation Grant -- $659.70

Dairin Jones – Outdoor Vegetable Garden and Koi Pond Maintenance – Doug Key Memorial Grant-to-Teachers -- $500

Dawn Vaughn – Dyslexia Programs – Dawn Vaughn Dyslexia Grant-to-Teachers -- $500

 

Newton Rayzor Elementary

Barbara Cantu & Melody Pine – Pre-K: The Gift that Keeps On Giving! – Kevin & Emily Roden Pre-K Grant-to-Teachers and Groundhog Day Gala 2003 Grant-to-Teachers -- $1000

Cheryl Gaston and Emily Manning – The BBC (The Breakfast Book Club) – Robert Colon       Grant-to-Teachers -- $997.10

Herlinda Gavilanes – Thinking & Learning in Maker-Centered Classroom On-Line Course – CoServe Foundation 2016 Scholarship -- $725

Liane MacMillan – Continuing Education course in Bilinguistics – Denton Public School Foundation Scholarship -- $138

Melody Pine, Barbara Cantu & Jannet Vasquez – Pre-K: Story Problems, No Problem – Dorothy Adkins Grant-to-Teachers and Denton Public School Foundation Grant -- $949.44 

Jessica Vu & Rebecca Hayes – The “Yokes” on You – Hugh and Bernadette Coleman Grant-to-Teachers and Drs. David and Bobbye Thomas Grant-to-Teachers -- $1000

Jessica Vu, Natalie Dhanoolal-Rubio, Ashlee Sembroski & Sandra Zarate – Learning and Leading in Science – CoServ Foundation 2016 School-Wide Initiative Grant -- $4000

 

Rivera Elementary

Melanie Lowenstein – Graduate Studies for Doctorate Studies – Mike Gregory Scholarship and Denton Public School Foundation Scholarship -- $1000

Mindy Hennigan – Series to Success – Groundhog Day Gala 2013 & 2014 Grants-to-Teachers -- $1000

Tameshia Magwood – Uku Can Do It – Balfour Beatty Grant-to-Teachers 2016 andd CoServ Foundation 2016 Grant -- $920

Gustavo Rodriguez & Sarah Bryant – Thanks to Science & Reason! – CoServ Grant-to-Teachers 2014 -- $1000

Raul Sanchez – Mega MindsCoServ Foundation 2016 Grant and Denton Public School Foundation Grant -- $825.00

 

WS Ryan Elementary

Widad Kinard – Tremendous TeKnowledgy – CoServ Grant-to-Teachers 2013 and CoServ Foundation 2016 Grant -- $900

Julia Laney – Have a Seat! Flexibility, Accountability and the Importance of Choice -- Balfour Beatty Grant-to-Teachers 2006 and Denton Public School Foundation Grant -- $994.52

Charlotte May – Third Graders Learning in the Third Dimension – CoServ Foundation 2016 Grant -- $999

Andi Hawkins – DISD Elementary Teacher of the Year – First State Bank Grant-to-Teachers -- $500

 

Savannah Elementary

Hanna Carter – Graduate Studies for Master’s Degree – Denton Public School Foundation Scholarship-- $1000

Tracy Chapman – Science Tools and Supplies – Wally Cooper Science Endowment and CoServ Foundation 2016 Grant -- $989.30

Malicia Curran – Student Thinkers Engaging iMaginations (STEM) – CoServ Foundation 2016 Grant -- $912.23

Amy Tandberg, Nicole Gaban & Ashley Hyde – GradeCam – Kristofferson Family Grant-to-Teachers and CoServ Foundation 2016 Grant -- $560          

 

Stephens Elementary

Edyie Schneider & Georgeanna Simpson – Breakout of the Library! – Book Cents Library Grant and Denton Public School Foundation Grant --$445

 
Wilson Elementary

Becky Gonzales – Building STEAM with STEM – CoServ Foundation 2016 Grant -- $981.79

Karen McPherson, Justin Brack, Nancy Cheek, Michelle Hennigan & Maria Nevarez – Fight for Your “Write” to Learn – Larry Kerner Grant-to-Teachers and Denton Public School Foundation Grant -- $558.90

 

Windle School for Young Children

Maria Cunningham – PreK Head Start – Delaney Gregory Pre-K Grant-to-Teachers -- $389

Sabrina Polk – Natural Lifemanship Fundamentals Training – Ann Windle Pre-K Scholarship -- $990.98

Brenda Sielski – 2017 Conference for Texas Pre-Kindergarten Teachers – Delaney Gregory Pre-K Scholarship and Ann Windle Pre-K Scholarship -- $840.82

 

Gonzalez School for Young Children

Couri Sargent – Sensorimotor Input Equipment – Balfour Beatty Grant-to-Teachers 2010 and Denton Public School Foundation Grant -- $604.94

Couri Sargent – Graduate Studies for Master’s Degree – Ann Windle Pre-K Scholarship -- $1000

 

Calhoun Middle School

Tina Benton – Activity Learning Lab – TDIndustries Grant-to-Teachers and VLK Grant-to-Teachers 2015 -- $1000

Jason Huber – Chromebooks for Coding – CoServe Foundation 2016 School-Wide Initiative Grant -- $4000

 

Crownover Middle School

BJ Garcia – Crownover Cardboard Boat Regatta -- $927.97 – CoServ Grant-to-Teachers 2008 & 2009 and CoServ Foundation 2016 Grant

Hana Haka – Cut and Create – CoServ Foundation 2016 Grant -- $279.95

Tamra Woods – Lego Mindstorm Robots – CoServ Grant-to-Teachers 2006 and CoServ Foundation 2016 Grant -- $772.44

 

Harpool Middle School

Matthew Joice – Mindstorm Robotics Project – CoServ Grant-to-Teachers 2007 and CoServ Foundation 2016 Grant -- $900.84

Misty Richardson, Jaclyn Pirtle, Lauren Murphy & Laura Lee – School Garden – CoServ Grant-to-Teachers 2013 -- $1000

Joshua Talley – Graduate Studies for Master’s Degree – Denton Public School Foundation Scholarship -- $1000

Dorothy Woods & Shanna Weiland – Battle of the Books 2.0 – Battle Zone – Balfour Beatty Grant-to-Teachers 2010 and Denton Public School Foundation Grant --$731

 

McMath Middle School

Jonathan Hernandez – The Effects of Biodiversity on the Sustainability of an Ecosystem – CoServ Foundation 2016 Grant -- $237.48

Shelly Swafford – Building Independent Practice Skills and Self Confidence with Technology – Balfour Beatty Grant-to-Teachers 2009 and Denton Public School Foundation Grant -- $964

Chris Taylor & Shelly Swafford – Wireless Mic System for McMath Fine Arts – Balfour Beatty Grant-to-Teachers 2015 and Denton Public School Foundation Grant -- $953.75

Sean Will – UNT Autism Conference – iTeach Texas Special Education Scholarship and Denton Public School Foundation Scholarship -- $648

 

Myers Middle School

Nicole Alford – Graduate Studies for Master’s Degree – CoServ Foundation 2016 Grant and Denton Public School Foundation Scholarship -- $1000

Ivey Carey – L.A.M.P.S. (Library Adventure Mystery Project) – Groundhog Day Gala 2015 and Denton Public School Foundation Grant -- $545

 

Navo Middle School

Jade McClure – Let’s BREAKOUT and Make Learning FUN! – Denton Public School Foundation Grant -- $472

Chris Schick – Quadraphenia is Better Than Stereo, Or Who Knew 4 Ears Are Better Than 2 – CoServe Foundation 2016 Grant -- $954.80

Tina Simpson & Tanikia Harmon – The Reading Café (The RC) – La Grone Family and LaGrone Memorial Grants-to Teachers -- $1000

 

Strickland Middle School

Brett Moore – Graduate Studies for Master’s Degree – Denton Public School Foundation Scholarship -- $1000

 

Braswell High School

Erin Cristales – Byte-sized news: Transforming student journalists into Multimedia Masters – Denton Chamber of Commerce/Adopt-A-School First Year Employee Grant -- $950

Michelle Greene & Nicole Smith – Making Maestro Teachers and Students – Groundhog Day Gala 2007 Grant-to-Teachers and Denton Public School Foundation Grant-- $530.95

Ricky Trujillo – Partner PE Equipment -- Denton Chamber of Commerce/Adopt-A-School First Year Employee Grant -- $1000

 

Denton High School

Keri Castillo, Lauren McKee & Eddie Wilson – Engaging Students Through Access to Technology – DHS PTSA Teacher Grant and CoServ Foundation 2016 Grant -- $1000 

Karen Crockett – Show Me More – DHS PTSA Teacher Grant -- $564.48     

Etienne Illy – Enriching Denton Through Public Art – DHS PTSA Teacher Grant --$1000

Amy Romero – Lights, Camera, Green Screen! -- Denton Chamber of Commerce/Adopt-A-School First Year Teacher Employee Grant and CoServ Foundation 2016 Grant -- $950

James Rosin & Martha Slack – Real World Business Adventures in Art – Sawko & Burroughs Grant-to-Teachers 2015 and Denton Public School Foundation Grant -- $944

Valery Smith – Cut to the Quick – DHS PTSA Teacher Grant -- $1000

Jennifer Phillips – DHS StuCo Projects – David Glass Grant-to-Teachers -- $600

Mark Baker – DHS Choir Projects – McEwen-Deck Grant-to-Teachers -- $250

Pete Hillborn – DHS Boys’ Soccer Projects – McEwen-Deck Grant-to-Teachers -- $250

 

Guyer High School

Alexis Glover – Technology Integration Initiative – John Guyer Memorial Grant-to-Teachers and CoServ Foundation 2016 Grant -- $1000

Tracy Kalka – Community Garden – Barbara Fischer Grant-to-Teachers and Gene and Lynn Gumfory Grant-to-Teachers -- $1000

Laura Reed – Groomer Has It (Small Animal Management) -- Denton Chamber of Commerce/Adopt-A-School First Year Teacher Employee Grant -- $1000

 

Ryan High School

Virginia Keeling – Camera Additions – CoServ Grant-to-Teachers 2015 -- $533.11

Traci Burt – DISD Secondary Teacher of the Year – Ronnie Crownover Grant-to-Teachers -- $500

 

LaGrone Advanced Technology Center

Joe Faddis – Studies in Kinematics – CoServ Grant-to-Teachers 2011/2012 -- $900

Rebecca Hendricks – Down Draft Tables – Edwin Owen Fulton Grant-to-Teachers -- $1000

Michelle McCollum – Health Science Lab -- Denton Chamber of Commerce/Adopt-A-School First Year Teacher Employee Grant -- $1000

 

Child Nutrition

Jennifer Garrett  – Norm Sisk Staff Scholarship & DPSF Staff Scholarship -- $1000 & John Nesbitt Scholarship -- $1000

 

Curriculum and Instruction

Amy Atchley – CAMT Conference – CoServ Foundation 2016 Grant -- $360

 

Special Education

Sandra Hensley – Denton ISD Special Olympics – Margaret Clarke Special Education Grant-to-Teachers and Denton Public School Foundation Grant -- $938

Linda Hilgenbrinck – Denton ISD’s Boccia – One Shot at a Time Tournament! – Groundhog Day Gala 2004 and 2005 Grant -- $1000

Kelly Nymeyer, Erica Johnson, Lisa Hanson & Sara Pellegreen -- Lighting Up Their World: Engaging Students with Special Needs -- Robert Colon McSween Grant-to-Teachers and Denton Public School Foundation Grant -- $1000

Brittany Ortiz & Lacie Hester – Movement for Learning Minds – Bill Utter Grant-to-Teachers and Denton Public School Foundation Grant -- $978.85            

 

For more information on the Denton Public School Foundation or an individual grant or scholarship, please contact Jackie Jackson, executive director of the Foundation, at (940) 369-0064 or by email at jjackson2@dentonisd.org