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NNPS Teachers Awarded Instructional Mini Grants

(04/13/2018) -Nearly $13,300 was awarded to 54 NNPS teachers, representing 26 schools and alternative programs, at the 2018 Instructional Innovation Mini Grants Showcase and Awards ceremony on March 26. Over 90 projects designed to enhance student learning were submitted and 51 were selected for funding. The program is sponsored by the Newport News Education Foundation in partnership with the Hampton Roads Chapter of the National Council for Jewish Women and Newport News Public Schools. Over $123,000 in teacher innovation mini grants have been awarded since the program started in 2008.

Instructional Mini Grant Winners
 Instructional Mini Grant Winners

2018 Mini Grant Winners:

Early Childhood/Learning Centers

Teacher Name(s) School Title of Project
Pamela Byrd Denbigh Makerspace Magic
Cassandra Pearson Denbigh Provoke Your Mind
Pamella Bond Gatewood PEEP What can I engineer?
Patti Grella Gatewood PEEP Enhancing Preschool Math Skills
Lauren Whetstone Gatewood PEEP Sensory Corner
Diane Lawson Marshall Birds in Our Community
Abigail May Marshall Around the World and Back Again: Comparing the way we live to those around the world
Karen Richardson Marshall Big Books Lead to Life Long Readers
Cynthia Watson Marshall Let’s Play a Game!
Kristin Hayward Watkins We Love Nursery Rhymes!

Elementary Schools

Teacher Name(s) School Title of Project
Kristen Moore An Achievable Dream Academy Campfire Grit
Karen DiGiorgio B.C. Charles OzoBot a New Way to Learn About Math, Science, History and Literature?
Patricia Bell Discovery STEM Academy Learn, Explore, Play!
Kathy Brady Discovery STEM Academy Gamifying the Classroom
Michelle Braxton Discovery STEM Academy How Does YOUR Garden Grow
Erin Weaver Discovery STEM Academy High interest books with low readability for struggling readers
Staci Costello General Stanford Ozobots: Literacy and STEM
Christa Hanson General Stanford All students can learn to “bee” problem solvers through coding
Michelle Montieth General Stanford Inspiring the Next Generation of Computer Scientists, Engineers and Inventors
Karen Ciotta Greenwood Full STEM Ahead
Megan Young Greenwood “Bee” Problem Solvers Through Coding
Cindy Connell Hilton Simple Machines
Mina Gibbons Hilton Racking Your Brain with Numbers
Karen FitzGerald Kiln Creek Building Blocks for Music Literacy
Kendall Long McIntosh Books on Bikes – McIntosh
Tiffany Murchison McIntosh Head to the Heart to the Hands: A STEAM Lab
Melissa Texidor McIntosh Provocation Library
Christina Buckingham Nelson College Inquiry Unit
Julie Ulsh Sedgefield Cambridge Global English
Melissa Hendrix & Maggie Knight Yates Coding with Bee-Bots
Monica Pease Marshall ECC, Carver & Hilton ES Expanding Vocabulary for all ELL’s

Middle Schools

Teacher Name(s) School Title of Project
Stephanie Andrus Crittenden Fake News or Real News? That is the question!
Brittany Hutchison Crittenden CMS Rain Garden
Erin Long Crittenden 3-D Printed Prosthetics
Craig Doolittle Dozier Tracking the Weather outside my Window
Amelia Harveycutter Dozier Escaping Classroom Boredom
Tetiana Luckring Gildersleeve Curiouser and Curiouser
Lisa Scheiderer Gildersleeve Lifetime Sports on Wheels
Stephanie Barber Passage S.T.A.R. (Students Taking Action & Responsibility) Club
Patrice Lambusta Passage Make a Space, They Will Come (Part 2)

High Schools

Teacher Name(s) School Title of Project
Loretta Callaway & Carmen Smith Denbigh Growing Herbs and Vegetables
Marlon Hooker Denbigh Developing Social Skills
Tonia Minor-White Denbigh A Special Moment Social Event
Andrea Williams Roots Denbigh Healthy Hearts Healthy Minds Riding On a Bike
Ashley Chassard Menchville Building College Lab Skills: BCA Protein Assay
Sandy Graham Menchville Library Genrefication
Rhonda Taylor Menchville Designing & Implementing Science: An Investigation Testing Heartburn Medications
Susan Traner Menchville Empathy Lessons via the Hate U Give and Long Way Down
Laura Cvitanovich Woodside Analyzing Modern Essays: Getting Young Men to Read
Kelly Garner, Andrea Claxton & Elizabeth Phillips Point Option The Wilderness Perspective: Reading and Writing from the Field
Andrea Claxton Point Option Building an Engaging Library for Young Adult Readers