Frisco Education Foundation Awards Grants for Great Ideas

Lebanon Trail HS FEF Winner Susan MoranRecently the Frisco Education Foundation criss-crossed the District to celebrate and surprise educators who won grants for innovative ideas. 

Frisco ISD teachers consistently look for new ways to make learning fun and engaging for students and many of their ideas become a reality thanks to the support of the Frisco Education Foundation. 

“The Foundation sees how important it is to impact students and teachers through these grants,” said Allison Miller, director of the Frisco Education Foundation. “Teachers do amazing things every day and we’re honored to support them through these grants.”

Each year, the nonprofit awards grants to educators throughout the District to enhance learning in the classroom.

Last month, the Foundation delivered 23 grants worth more than $40,000 through its Grants for Great Ideas program. There were two District-wide grants and winners across 17 Frisco ISD schools.

Since 1999, the Foundation has awarded more than $1 million to hundreds of FISD educators through grant money for classroom and campus initiatives.

At the beginning of this school year, educators across FISD were invited to propose an innovative idea or project and describe how it would benefit student learning. Completed applications were reviewed by the FEF Board, which ensures funded grants align with the District curriculum and initiatives while impacting student learning in new and inventive ways.

Congratulations to all of these educators and their co-applicants who will directly impact thousands of students across the District!

Shawnee Trail ES FEF Winner Kelly StraubElementary Grant Winners

Teaching for Artistic Behaviors - Amy Threadwell of Allen Elementary
Reading Rocks! - Julie Mesina of Gunstream and Isbell elementary schools
Flexible Seating for Future Ready Learners - Miranda Surles of Liscano Elementary
Science Club - Jennifer Ginn and Zach Schraub of Newman Elementary
2nd Grade Series - Digital Book Clubs - Michele Hunt of Purefoy Elementary
Graphic Novels Galore - Michele Hunt of Purefoy Elementary
New Perspective with Easels! - Jennifer Nodes of Purefoy Elementary
Versatile Learning - Anna Sambitan of Purefoy Elementary
RASCALs - Emma Miller, Stephany Torre and Madison Kittay of Robertson Elementary
Sensory Pathway - Kelly Straub of Shawnee Trail Elementary
You Can Play the Ukulele - Catherine Kirk of Talley Elementary
Yes, Uke Can! - Jaylynn Arias of Taylor Elementary

Centennial HS FEF Winner Tammy TurnerSecondary Grant Winners

Robotics Supplies Everywhere … Help! - Tammy Turner of Centennial High School
Creative Sewing - Lisa Custer of Frisco High School
Biotechnology Inspiring New Scientists! - Susan Moran and Vicki Wong of Lebanon Trail High School
Little World - Deana Cowger of Liberty High School
Sundials for Science - Kenric Davies of Liberty High School
Balance Bags - Ann Nickel of Maus Middle, Hunt Middle and Memorial High schools
Empty Bowls - Stephanie Lambert of Memorial High School
3D Printer - Katie Miraglia and Dara Bender of Scoggins Middle
Fine Arts for All - Chad Wood of Staley Middle

District-wide Grant Winners

Strengthening & Supporting Emotional Regulation - Kimberly Goushey, Marti Mata, Shannon Tibbits and Megan Walls of the Special Education Department
School Garden Seedlings - Seth Williams of Environmental Program

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