Escambia Public Schools Foundation Announces 62 Grants for Excellence

October 31, 2013

The Escambia County Public Schools Foundation’s Grants for Excellence Committee will award over $53,000 in grants to fund classroom projects this year.

The Grants for Excellence Classroom Grant Program  is a competitive grant program to fund classroom projects to enhance curriculum and drive student achievement in Escambia County classrooms that is not available through current school or district budgets

This year, the Committee  selected 62 projects to fund for a total of $53,862.34.  Each recepient will receive up to $1,000  for their innovative classroom projects in the areas of literacy, STEM education, low-performing students, increasing graduation rates, career and technical education, and teaching quality.

Grant recipients are:

• Mitzi Allen, Tate High School, “Literally Great Photos”
• Kimberly Andreoli, Bratt Elementary School, “Learning Through Literacy”
• Angela Avery, Ransom Middle School, “Hide and Seek-Geocaching Project”
• Dr. Alana Battaglia, Escambia High School, “Skeleton in Search of a Closet”
• Edward Bauer, Washington High School, “Bringing Back the Bayous”
• Saundra P. Bell, Hellen Caro Elementary School, “Sailboat Breeze Meets Captain I. Seegood”
• Janice Bello, Navy Point Elementary School, “Math Madness”
• Russell L. Bertles, Workman Middle School, “Who Said All Great Music Composers are Dead?”
• Adam Bretschneider, Roy Hyatt Environmental Center, “Touch of the Gulf”
• Rose M. Briggs, George Stone Career Center, “Shining a ‘Light’ on Mathematics”
• Donna Burch, West Florida High School, “Photo Me This”
• Rebecca Burt, Global Learning Academy, Beulah Elementary and Cook Elementary Schools, “The ART of Writing”
• Anita Carnley, Ensley Elementary School, “Wingspan of Monarch Butterflies”
• Nichole Childress, Jim Allen Elementary School, “Visual Vocabulary Cards”
• Leslie R. Cuyuch, Workman Middle School, “Kickstarting Student Discourse with Kagan”
• Elizabeth Dunaway, Oakcrest Elementary School, “Paying it Forward”
• Jennifer Etheredge, Scenic Heights Elementary, “Creating a Therapeutic Play Therapy”
• Stephanie Furey, Washington High School, “Helping Students One Question at a Time”
• Stephanie Gaffney, Navy Point Elementary School, “Looking, Hearing, and Feeling Through Literacy”
• Kathy Gilliland, Pine Forest High School, “Connected, Unique, and Powerful!”
• ReNae Grant, Semmes Elementary School, “Android-Powered Learning”
• Janice Hall, Bellview Middle School, “Cooking with the Write Stuff”
• Anna K. Harageones, Ferry Pass Elementary School, “What’s the Weather Today?”
• Ila Harvey, Sherwood Elementary School, “Bridging the Learning Gap”
• Pam Hicks, Washington High School, “Volumetric Measurement”
• Maurine Kramerich, PATS Center, “Let’s Make a Puppet!”
• Justin Luciano, West Florida High School, “E-magine That!”
• Matthew MacGregor, Escambia High School, “Protecting Our Estuaries”
• Jason Majors, Escambia High School, “Original From Step One”
• Jeffrey R. Mason, PATS Center, “Physical Computing and Digital Electronics”
• Sarah Mason, Blue Angels Elementary School, “The Engineering Wall: Rube Goldberg Style”
• Janneke McElroy, Oakcrest Elementary School, “Kicking It Up A Notch”
• Angela McFarland, West Florida High School, “iPhotograph, iOptimize, iCode”
• Jill Mealy, Ensley Elementary, “Ensley’s Project Green”
• Cathy S. Melton, Weis Elementary School, “Boots and Bits and a Little ‘Bit’ More”
• Nancy Melton-Buffington, Workman Middle School, “Thinking Differently to Change the World We Live In”
• Catheryn Morrison, Bellview Middle School, “Discover and Explore Pensacola”
• Jean Odom, N. B. Cook Elementary School, “Reader’s Theatre”
• Dawn Parnell, Pensacola High School, “Increasing STEM Skills”
• Paula Petsel, West Florida High School, “Aquaponics System”
• Hytza Piatt, Tate High School, “My iSpanish Experiences”
• Karen Potter, Ransom Middle School, “Getting Middle School Readers ‘Interactive’ with Reading”
• Sharon Powers, Longleaf Elementary School, “Literacy for All”
• Jeff Pribble, Escambia High School, “Career Preparation in High Definition”
• Sylvia Ramos, West Florida High School, “Virtual Hispanic Center”
• Julie Reda, West Florida High School, “Color My World”
• Dottie Ritchie-Riddle, Global Learning Academy, “Small Group Learning Stations”
• Anita M. Schmitt, Lipscomb Elementary School, “Young Mentors-Kindergarten Reading Buddies”
• Jennifer Shiver, Holm Elementary School, “Learning Through Music”
• Cindy Speed, Weis Elementary School, “E-Books for Every Student”
• Paula Stillman, A.K. Suter Elementary School, “Pocket Full of Sunshine”
• Alicia Stone, Lipscomb Elementary School, “Reading Fluency with Technology”
• Zenda G. Swearengin, Workman Middle School, “Music and Tech Geeks Meet”
• Angela Taylor, Myrtle Grove Elementary School, “Check Out Math!”
• Nancy Thomas, Ferry Pass Elementary School, “Bop and Skip Into Reading”
• Chet Truett, Ransom Middle School, “Music Video Translation”
• Kevin Turner, Washington High School, “Observing Benthic Diversity and Water Density”
• Kristi Waldrop, Ransom Middle School, “Let’s Get Those Boards Out!”
• Shawn Walker, West Florida High School, “Go Out on a STEM!”
• Pamela Weiseman, Capstone Academy, “Increasing Engagement and Success”
• Ronald J. Williams, Extended Program, Hall Center, “Flying ‘B’ Enterprises”
• Dorice Zeier, Holm Elementary School, “Ready Bodies”

The 62 projects funded this fall will directly impact a total of 20,018 students and 74 teachers this school year alone.  Many of the classroom materials, software, technology, and other items purchased with Grants for Excellence grant funds will continue to be used for years to come.

The Foundation will present grant recipients with their checks at the 2013 Grants for Excellence Reception on Thursday, November 7.


One Response to “Escambia Public Schools Foundation Announces 62 Grants for Excellence”

  1. Cheryl Golson on October 31st, 2013 6:31 am

    Thanks to all those who put forth the effort to obtain the grants for our schools. Way to go Kim Andreoli and Sherri Carter – always thinking of what is best for the children!

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