LEADERS FOR LEARNING GRANTS 2016
Licking County Foundation recently awarded Leaders for Learning grants totaling $15,262.24 to 32 teachers to enhance their professional development or classroom activities. These educators are past recipients of Licking County Foundation’s Leaders for Learning Award which makes them eligible to apply for annual grants of up to $500 as long as they continue to teach in Licking County. These grants are made possible through generous support by the Lindorf-Warner Memorial Fund of the Licking County Foundation.
Krista Ackerknecht, Licking Heights Local Schools, Licking Heights Central Middle School: $467.12 to purchase sets of novels for advanced language arts students to utilize during a guided free choice realistic fiction unit. The grant will purchase 40 books, including titles showcasing both boy and girl protagonists.
Catherine Allen, Newark City Schools, Liberty Middle School: $497.50 to purchase over 20 books and teaching guides to provide a variety of resources to better meet the needs of gifted and talented students in history and language arts classes.
Pamela Bice, Granville Exempted Village School District, Granville Middle School: $500.00 to purchase popular and newly released books for her classroom library.
Theresa Boehmer & Denise Edmunds, Licking Valley Local School District, Licking Valley High School: $1,000.00 to purchase Summer Reading books for Licking Valley High School students. Specific book titles are to be determined, but there will be a focus on award winning books. It is intended that each student will keep the purchased books.
Ellen Cooper, Newark City Schools, Legend Elementary School: $472.93 to purchase a copy of The Promise for each classroom (25 total) to keep after Mrs. Cooper visits each classroom to read the book and discuss kindness in the school with all students and teachers. In addition, eight other titles of children's books with the theme of kindness will be purchased to use as supplementary reading at various grade levels.
Brian Cooperrider, Lakewood Local School District, Lakewood High School: $438.00 to purchase PE equipment, including softballs, footballs, soccer balls, volleyballs and wooden paddles. These implements will provide additional opportunities to engage students in individual skill development during instruction time.
Cheryl Crawford, Licking County Educational Service Center, Flying Colors Preschool: $492.26 to purchase a Color Changing Light Table and accessories for the classroom. Children will explore the properties of light, color and shapes, while building on language skills, social skills and collaboration with their peers.
Barbara Deavers, Lakewood Local Schools, Hebron Elementary School: $477.43 to purchase a variety of items to assist in reinforcing some necessary skills taught in Kindergarten. Skills learned will include sight word knowledge and CVC sounds in order to instill a more stable foundation in reading, math skills, independent learning and organization.
Lori Fender, Granville Exempted Village Schoiol District, Granville Elementary School: $500.00 to attend The Teacher's College Reading and Writing Project Seven-Day Coaching Institute at Columbia University in October. This seminar will aid participants in becoming more adept at demonstration teaching and a variety of collaborative coaching techniques.
Rachel Fielhauer, Newark City Schools, Cherry Valley Elementary School: $500.00 to purchase books and videos to support teacher professional development. Selected titles and videos provide benefit to teachers with math instruction by demonstrating innovative teaching strategies and lessons on how to implement in their own classrooms.
Julie Gold, Southwest Licking Local Schools, Pataskala Elementary School: $480.35 to purchase art supplies to illustrate students’ contributions to the Pataskala Story Trail. The Story Trail, which is produced solely by third grade students, is an annual cross-curriculum project that integrates the visual arts, language arts and social studies curriculums. The students write and illustrate a story about the community of Pataskala, which is then published, reproduced on 28 x 40 metal panels and mounted at the Pataskala Municipal Park along a walking trail.
Todd Hawk, Lakewood Local School District, Lakewood Middle School: $479.76 to purchase a membership to Adobe Creative Cloud and Lynda.com. Adobe Creative Cloud provides a suite of software to allow students to create content to share on the class website, and Lynda.com provides instructional lessons for the various products found in Adobe Creative Cloud.
Cary Hock, Newark City Schools, Ben Franklin Elementary School: $499.08 to purchase materials to complete a barn quilt project as a math/art integrated project. Based on student designs reflecting their individuality, school or community, 4-foot square barn quilt paintings will be created to place on barns throughout Licking County. Students will incorporate scale, measurements, geometry, teamwork and application of art skills learned through the year.
Rebecca Holloway, Newark City Schools, Liberty Middle School: $500.00 to purchase 10 Ozobots robots for use in the classroom. Ozobots will serve as a valuable resource to introduce programming to Pre-Engineering students prior to work on larger robots, and increase interest of programming and energy transfer in the general science classroom.
Valerie Howard, Licking Heights Local School District, Licking Heights Central Middle School: $384.00 to purchase a Chromebook for daily use in the classroom. This device will work in concert with the Google suite of products that the district is moving towards and will allow for seamless integration between the work of the teacher and students.
Scott Jackson, Licking County Education Service Center, Phoenix Central: $500.00 to purchase a site license for an IXL online math program to help students who struggle with basic math calculation, fluency and applied problems. This program can be accessed from both home and school, making it easier for students to continue practicing essential skills.
Michael Kinney, Licking Heights School District, Licking Heights Central Middle School: $384.00 to purchase a Chromebook for daily use in the classroom. This device will work in concert with the Google suite of products that the district is moving towards and will allow for seamless integration between the work of the teacher and students.
Kimberly Kling, Licking County Educational Service Center, Phoenix Central: $485.00 to purchase an iPad for her new classroom; to fund a field trip to “Life Town,” a facility focused on teaching students how to budget, spend and count money to buy items; to purchase riding tokens so students can learn to utilize Licking County public transit; and to purchase cooking supplies to teach students the life skill of cooking.
Tami Loughman, Newark City Schools, Hillview Elementary School: $491.40 to purchase books to start book clubs with fourth and fifth grade students. Book clubs will assist students in learning to value their own ideas, form their own opinions, and share them in a way that others can follow their thinking. Students will learn to build on others' ideas, taking part in intellectual conversations about a literary work.
Brooke Love,North Fork Local School District, Newton Elementary School: $396.00 to purchase four Osmo Genius Kits for classroom use. Osmo is an innovative device that transforms an iPad into an interactive classroom accessory and will pair with four classroom iPads to increase student excitement and engagement during independent work at literacy work stations.
Jill McLaughlin, Northridge Local School District, Northridge Intermediate School: $488.61 to purchase manipulates for small group instruction and centers. Items include quiz cards, hands-on learning kits and resources for learning measurement, fractions and multiplication.
Nick Myers, Newark City Schools, Liberty Middle School: $500.00 to fund a trip for one team of students to compete in the 2016-2017 First LEGO League STEM competition. Funds would cover registration and tournament entry fees, field set-up kit, table, and team supplies.
Deb Peterman, Northridge Local Schools, Northridge Primary School: $495.37 to purchase a laptop, sets of reading books to establish a new 2nd grade classroom library and plastic folders.
Juliana Porter, Newark City Schools, Newark High School: $500.00 to fund a field trip to see French art at the Columbus Museum of Art for third and fourth year French students. Funds would cover travel and admission for 50 students. Students would be guided on a tour of the museum by French-speaking tour guides (retired French teachers), providing the opportunity for students to have discussion in French about the art.
Jeff Quackenbush, Newark City Schools, Newark High School: $500.00 to purchase kettlebells to augment existing equipment in the weight room facility. Physical education classes, wellness classes, and athletic teams will utilize the equipment on a daily basis.
Ann Marie Robinson, Newark City Schools, Carson Elementary School: $392.00 to purchase a portable sound system (with capability of microphone and CD/iPhone/iPad receptors) and two portable microphones. The equipment will be utilized to facilitate cross-curricular music and physical education classes.
Denise Rowe, Newark City Schools, Hillview Elementary School: $459.50 to purchase 45 various read-aloud titles to assist the professional development of K-5 teachers around Genre Studies, as well as creating a curriculum pacing guide for the study of a variety of genres.
Mandy Rubino, Licking Heights Local School District, Licking Heights South Elementary School: $393.00 to purchase clay, glaze, and sculpting tools for her students. Using clay, students will transform two-dimensional drawings into three-dimensional sculptures, relying on visual problem solving and a variety of construction techniques. Clay projects reach all types of learners – students will have to listen, observe, think, draw, plan and build. This lesson aligns with the Ohio Visual Arts Standard which states that students will “generate ideas and employ a variety of strategies to solve visual problems.”
Matt Sorg & Andrew Weeks, Licking Valley Local Schools, Licking Valley High School: $1,000.00 to purchase a monochrome digital camera and accessories for the science and technology/video production departments. The camera would be used by the Science Department and others for various lab activities involving atomic spectra and to record wavelengths of light that are near the extremes of the visible spectrum. The Focal Reducer accessory allows the camera to attach to other optical equipment, widens the camera's field of view, and allows the image to be captured in less class time, and the Spectral Filter accessory blocks unwanted wavelengths of light from being recorded.
Alisa Zink, Johnstown-Monroe Local School District, Adams Middle School: $500.00 to purchase a one-year license to “Active Classroom” curriculum materials that enhance teacher instruction and increase opportunities for students to interact with primary sources surrounding document-based activities.