At this year's SpudTacular Gala, the Legacy Foundation announced the recipients of 2020's Spud Impact Teacher Grants. The grants will fund 14 hands-on, innovative opportunities and will impact student learning during the 2020-21 school year. Congratulations!
Marc Wilson, 8th gr. LA teacher at Horizon East - books to expand classroom library to include more new titles, especially those by nonwhite authors.
Patty Schmidt, 6th gr. Science teacher at Horizon West - Science World magazine subscription print and digital tool with articles on current science and engineering developments.
Sayra Crary, 5 - 8th gr. ELL teacher at Horizon West - high interest and appropriate readability level books for ELL students.
Michaela Backlund, 1st gr. teacher at SG Reinertsen - letter trays to support 1st grade phonics and phonemic awareness instruction.
Alyssa Halverson, 3rd gr. teacher at SG Reinertsen - supplies to create a motion track in the school hallways to support movement breaks & emotional self regulation during classroom learning time.
Kristin Peters, Physical Therapist at all Elem. Schools - materials to support core and upper body strength of students with disabilities to improve fine motor skills.
Kristen Paschke, 5th gr. Rdg & Science teacher at Horizon West - purchase Whoo's Reading app. to support reading comprehension and writing skills & provide immediate feedback.
Amy Serck, Social Studies Teacher at RRALC - cooktop to enable students to learn to cook foods of countries/world regions being studied; these students cook for themselves outside school, this will help them gain skills and knowledge of value.
Rena Sailer, Chemistry Teacher at MHS - liquid nitrogen to make ice cream demonstrating gas laws & phase changes; end of year celebrations are not generally supported - award to support classroom content objectives.
Brooke White, Early Intervention Services at Probstfield EIS - developmentally appropriate toys for pre-verbal children to support development of a range of physical, motor and communication/language skills.
Lyndsay Coulombe, 5th gr. Math & Soc St. teacher at Horizon West - subscription to Scholastic News to support reading skill development and engagement with current events topics.
Jen Nelson, Art Teacher at Dorothy Dodds & all elem. - art supplies (crayons, markers, model magic & baggies) for take home bags for all elementary students.
Maret Kashmark, Counselor at MHS - cost to attend Mindfulness training program.
Samantha Saarion, Art Teacher at Horizon West - semi-permanent art installation: Mural project that reflects and promotes the culture of our school community, exploring the district motto of Excellence through Equity.