2016_Spring_Parker_AnneSonderfan_Hands-OnScienceStations (20)Educators at Galveston Independent School District were awarded nearly $75,000 during the last school semester through the Galveston ISD Educational Foundation’s (GEF) Grants to Teachers and School program.

“The success of GEF is directly tied to the generosity and giving of our supporters,” remarked GEF’s board president Will Wright. “We can’t thank our donors enough for their support of GISD’s incredible educators.”

Books, literacy resources, technology, playground equipment, stand-up desks and learning materials for a variety of subjects are examples of what the spring 2016 Grants to Teachers and Schools program assisted in purchasing for GISD’s classrooms and campuses. The following teachers and administrators were awarded funds:2016_Spring_Scott_AmyHopkins_independentbyChoiceII (8)

  • Jenny Applegate, Oppe Elementary – “Frogstreet Fundamentals”
  • Nakia Bellow, Morgan Elementary – “Listen and Learn with Audiobooks”
  • Annette Dailey, Crenshaw Elementary & Middle – “Healthy Body, Healthy Mind”
  • Becky Hernandez, Oppe Elementary – “Let’s Listen and Learn With Literacy!”
  • Amy Hopkins, Scott Middle – “Independent by Choice – Part II”
  • Annette Johnson, Weis Middle – “Stand Up for Education – Part II”
  • Jessica Longoria, Oppe Elementary – “Guided Reading Books”
  • 2016_Spring_Ball_LauraNeff_TheLearningCommons (1)Amy Musick, Austin Middle – “Getting GT in Gear – Part II”
  • Laura Neff, Ball High – “The Learning Commons”
  • Patrick Neff, Austin Middle School – “Transformed: Robotics for the 21st Century”
  • Anna Olivares, Ball High – “High Five’s for the AP Language Program”
  • Eric Paul, Ball High – “Tech Instructor Tool Set for CTE Trades and PLTW”
  • Alice Prets, Oppe Elementary – “Touching Technology – Part II”
  • Melissa Rekoff, Ball High – “Fashion Frenzy – Part II”
  • Adriana Rendon, Oppe Elementary – “Powering Literacy Through Technology”
  • Jessica Rodriguez, Burnet Elementary – “Headphones with Built-In Microphones”
  • Audra Salazar, Parker Elementary – “These Little Lights of Mine, Are Going to Let Parker Shine”
  • Anne Sonderfan, Parker Elementary – “Hands-On Science Stations”
  • Rong Wang, Ball High & Parker Elementary – “Chinese Language Improvement – Part II”

Combined with funding granted through the program last fall and other programs, such as the Julie Schmid Student Support Fund and Lisa Biffle Johnson Scholarship, GEF hopes to exceed last year’s total output of more than $170,000. GEF will release its 2015-16 impact report for the community in early fall.

Follow GEF on Facebook at www.facebook.com/galvestonedfoundation to see photos and descriptions of grant award winners.