Frisco Education Foundation Awards Grants to Teachers

May 13, 2021

The Frisco Education Foundation awarded $28,000 in STEM grants to teachers across 21 campuses thanks to a generous donation from CoServ and the Frisco Women’s League.

Since 1999, the Foundation has awarded FISD educators grant money for classroom and campus initiatives. With this distribution, the Foundation has officially granted more than $1 million in grant funding to educators in Frisco ISD!

This spring, staff members were offered the opportunity to apply for grants. 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.

To celebrate the latest winners, educators were summoned to “required” and “emergency” Zoom meetings by their principals. When they arrived in the virtual meeting, they were shocked to find people cheering, hooting and hollering in celebration of the STEM grant the teacher had won.

Over the course of several days, representatives from the Frisco ISD Board of Trustees, Frisco Education Foundation and CoServ surprised and celebrated teachers for their innovative ideas that will directly impact increased STEM-based activities to thousands of students.

Congratulations to all of these educators and their co-applicants who instruct students in special education, fine arts, science, English, math, writing, social studies, technology and physical education across all grade levels:  

Anderson Elementary

  • Sue Kelly and Kathryn Kallina - Circuits & Electronics Kits for STEM Education

Bright Academy

  • Erin Endorf - Global Learning Through Project-Based Challenges

Centennial High School

  • Tammy Turner - Robots for Titan Robotics Team

Early Childhood School

  • Debra Mathis, Hamlin Jones and Oni Domenech - Outdoor Classroom

Frisco High School

  • Cullen Ryan - Raspberry Pi

Griffin Middle School

  • David McLeod and Alyssa Walker - GraviTrax XXL Starter Set

Hunt Middle School

  • David Breaux, Julissa Cuevas, Erin Durst and Sarah Good - Texas Rocket Exploration and Launch

Lebanon Trail High School

  • Susan Moran and Vicki Wong - Gel Electrophoresis Equipment

  • Daniel Lowe and Dakota Nguyen - American Mathematics Competition

Liberty High School

  • Deana Cowger and Chris Ham - Digital Microscopes

McSpedden Elementary School

  • Courtney Yingling and Maria Chavez - Pre-K STEM Centers

Memorial High School

  • Paula Helms, James Dumond and Margaret Lamb - Microslide Lesson Packs

Pearson Middle School

  • David Summers - Pearson Partners Outdoor Garden

Pink Elementary School

  • Krista White - Stop Animation in the Art Room

  • Misty Lewin - Construction Inventions with Electric Modules

Pioneer Heritage Middle School

  • Nichole Aryanpur, David Brewer and Chris Cochrane - Electrical Engineering Circuits

  • Teresa Natera - Cameras for Broadcast 

Purefoy Elementary School

  • Anna Sambitan and Kymberly Coleman - Graphic Tablets

Riddle Elementary School

  • Claire Molnar - Osmo Kits

  • Melissa Tollinger - STEM Kits for Maker Space

Rogers Elementary School

  • Sarah Grimes, Melanie Noe and Tracy Churchman - Picture-Based STEM books

Sem Elementary School

  • Alicia Jahnke - 3D Printer and Filament

Staley Middle School

  • Kelly Hargraves - Modified Student Desks for Energy Redirection

Tadlock Elementary School

  • Lauren Cummings and Lisa Rubio - STEAM Campus Initiative

Wakeland High School

  • Jenny Anderson and Logan Davis - Green Screen Production Kits for Statistic Presentations

  • Cory MacGillivray - Time Lapse Cameras for Science

Community members interested in donating to the Frisco Education Foundation grant program can do so online through this link. Those interested in adopting a grant that did not get funded should contact Terri West at westte@friscoisd.org.

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