HSEF provides over $24,000 in teacher grants

The Hamilton Southeastern Schools Foundation recently announced recipients of over $24,000 in teacher grants that will help enhance student learning. The Foundation received requests for an unprecedented amount through its grant program this year. Twenty-eight grant applications sought a total of $51,000 – more than twice the Foundation’s grant budget said Executive Director Lisa Allen.


Cara Clippinger, Fishers High School – $1,172.80 for AP/IB French: Resource for Mastering the French Language. Materials to strengthen student performance in all areas of the French language and to prepare for AP/IB French exams.

Meghan Trees, Fishers Elementary – $705 for Balance Literacy Library. Materials to enhance the school-wide leveled-reading library.

Angela Fritz and Bob Gabbert, Hamilton Southeastern High School – $1,680.23 for Building a Visual Library. Build a visual resource library for the newly-formed AP Studio Art and Art History Programs.

Meg Strnat and Robin Young, Cumberland Road Elementary and Brooks School Elementary – $2,000 for Cranking Up the Curriculum/Phase II. Supplementary materials for Gifted Curriculum through Intra-school Teacher Collaboration.

Jill Berry and Ryan Murray, Fall Creek Intermediate and Sand Creek Intermediate – $2,000 for Dance, Dance Revolution. Promote health and wellness through the use of the video series.

Martha Dafnos, Riverside – $1,400 for D.R.U.M. Instruments and materials for the program Discipline, Respect and Unity through Music.

Steve Guenin, HSE High School – $1,440 for Enhancing Science Lessons with Digital Photography. Digital cameras for lessons in the AP Environmental Science classes.

Agnes Pugel and the FES Math Committee, Fishers Elementary – $619.37 for FES Math Library Addition. Materials to enhance library formed with a Foundation grant in 2005.

Katie Carter, Shannon Denhart, Lori Wilderson, Hoosier Road Elementary – $1,226.10 for Gay Su Pinnell & Irene C. Fountas’ Phonics Lessons: Letter, Words and How they Work K-2. Materials to provide phonics support for balanced literacy.

Marci Derado, Courtney Gibson, Tina Johnston, Susan Murphy, Jennie Robinson, Susan Tysen, Harrison Parkway Elementary – $1,906.95 for Learning to Listen and Listening to Learn Instructional Learning Centers. Books on tape that enhance leveled-reading library.

Jennifer Pope, Fishers High School – $775.38 for Listening + Reading = Understanding. Books on tape for students within the special education program.

Sharlee Friedle, Susan Herndon, Debra Ramos, Jeanine Scott, Jacki Ward, Heather Yoder, Geist Elementary – $1,927.43 for Mastering Math Facts. Through use of hands-on manipulatives, students connect to other senses while mastering addition and subtraction facts.

Marci Derado, Courtney Gibson, Tina Johnston, Susan Murphy, Jennie Robinson, Susan Tysen, Harrison Parkway Elementary – $1,626.13 for Phonics Activities for Second Grade. Games for individualized phonics instruction to enhance balance literacy program.

Andrea McMurtry, Fishers Junior High – $1,740 for Rowing Our Way to Better Fitness. Rowing machines for an ongoing unit in wellness classes that encourages students to improve their physical fitness levels through the use of cardiovascular equipment, specifically rowers.

Anna Ballenger, Brent Farrell, Teresa Hill, Deborah Kletch, Greg McCord, Jamie Melling, Jamie Shorter, Eric Sturges, HSEJH, FJH and Riverside – $4,015.47 for Sum Smarts. Students collaborate to design and conduct an experiment to help them understand how sunscreen works.

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