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MCPSEF Awards Innovative Educator Grants

January 16, 2018…The Manassas City Public Schools Education Foundation awarded Innovative Teacher grants to educators throughout the division on January 10, 2018.

Sixteen grants totaling just over $64,500 are being funded through various corporate sponsorships and personal donations in support of various academic programs across the division.

Areas receiving funding include STEM, writing, fine arts, fitness, alternative seating and learning gardens in schools.  Several grants will utilize funds for division-wide programs and initiatives. MCPSEF Board members Katy Keegan (MCPS), Zuzana Steen (Micron), Caroline-Louise Shaaber (Impacto Youth), Elizabeth (Liz) Via-Gossman (City of Manassas), Ramunda Young (Northern Virginia Community College) and Jhenny Michalek (Simply Creative/AFLAC/Five Rings Financial) visited the following schools and educators on Wednesday, January 10th to share the exciting news:

  • Osbourn High School: Trisha Callahan (Eagle Writing Center), Mike Spiller (Osbourn FIRST Robotics) and Paul Steiner (Build a Guitar Camp)
  • Baldwin Elementary: Muffin Wilcoski (3-D Printing with Makerbot)
  • Mayfield Intermediate: Dena Hammad (Garden Club Greenhouse)
  • Metz Middle: (S.N.A.P. Spunky New Adventures for Positive Emotions) and Leonard Newman (Metz Robotics)
  • Jennie Dean Elementary: Kate Green and Christi Morton (Maker Space Idea Lab)
  • Round Elementary: Barbara Daniels (STEM Lab Refresh and Robotics & Coding for all Learners) and Scott Baldwin and 1st grade team (Creative Writing, Music, and Performance)
  • Haydon Elementary: Katie Bookwalter (3-D Printing with Makerbot) and Kara Hagerman (Alternative Seating for Kindergarten)
  • Weems Elementary: Ashley Faaborg and Lead Science Teachers (Weems Science Learning Garden)
  • Division Wide: Carrie McDaniel (MCPS Pre-K STEM initiative) and Susan Mayo and Elise Harlow (Elementary and Intermediate Robotics/Children’s Engineering and Coding Camps)

“The MCPSEF Board of Directors was very excited about the level of interest in the grant process this year.  It was a difficult process to evaluate the many great proposals but ultimately MCPSEF was able to fund grant requests across the division in a wide variety of areas.  The high level of quality instruction that Manassas City students are receiving on a daily basis is reflected in these educators who are truly making a difference in their classrooms, schools, and division-wide.  We are so proud to be able to support them on their endeavors” said MCPS Education Foundation Executive Director, Katy Keegan.

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