June 26, 2013

Tina Veal-Gooch
Director of Public Relations
903.794.3651 ext. 1013

Texarkana Public Schools Foundation Awards TISD Teachers with $16921 in Innovative Program Grants

Texarkana, TX – As part of their continued effort to enrich and maximize educational opportunities for students, Texarkana Public Schools Foundation approved and awarded all Innovative Educator Grant applications received from thirty-six TISD teachers for a total of $16,921. Grant monies will be used to assist teachers in developing innovative and imaginative instructional programs which promote student achievement and advance new approaches to teaching.

The Texarkana Public Schools Foundation was established in 2003 by a group of citizens dedicated to enriching and maximizing the educational opportunities for students and staff at TISD through funding that is not available from local, state or federal sources. Through community support, the foundation works toward building a legacy of excellence in education, ensuring that every child and teacher has the tools necessary for success. To date, the Texarkana Public Schools Foundation has awarded approximately $125,000 in grants to district teachers.

Teachers receiving Innovative Educator Grants, along with program name are:

Paula Burris – “Spot On for Learning”
Dianne Cherry – “Rub-A-Dub-Dub Reading Readiness in a Tub”
Christina Cook – “Fine Arts Technology”
Deanna Cooper – “How Many Parts in a Whole”
Erin Davis – “Renew It!”
Wendy Dowd – “Picture Me Learning!”
Kamilah Golston – “Getting a Headstart with Technology”
Beth Greening – “Powering Along”
Michelle Haselow – “Making the Little Things Count Every Day in Pre-K!”
Kim Hayes – “Bring Science to Life”
Meagan Hensley – “iSee, iDo, iLearn: Engaging Instruction with iPads & Apple TV”
Robin Hilton – “Take a Ride on the Underground Railroad”
Tina Hitchcock – “Building Community”
Senitha Hodge – “Math Facts in a Flash”
Ruth Ellen Hopper – “Expanding Educational Horizons with iPad”
Lisa Hunter – “We Do Robotics LEGO Education”
Nichole Keener – “On Fire for Reading”
Kristen Larey – “Engage, Ignite, Inspire!” 
Casey Foster – “Hands On Math”
Melissa Manning – “Rising Stars”
Rita Martin – “Paper Projects”
Scott Mennie – “Having a Ball of a Time”
Megan Nichols – “Ring It Up”
Cheryl Northcutt – “My Plate and Physical Activity”
Sherry Norton – “A Great Headstart with iPads”
Gail Peterson – “Expository Explosion”
Emily Ransom – “From OPAC to MOPAC: Taking the Library Catalog Mobile!”
Leigh Sadler – “Raising Students”
Heather Simpson – “Bringing the World to our Classroom Door”
Jennifer Singleton – “See and Type”
Kim Spaulding – “A Little Wind Goes a Long Way”
Angela Taylor – “Write as Rain: Earth-Friendly Writing Practice”
Agnes Tirrito – “I Can with iPad”
Michelle Turner – “Play our Way to Success”
Nathan Upchurch – “Skyping and Scanning for Physics”
Erin Wafford – “Engaged in Learning”

Texarkana Public Schools Foundation President Melva Flowers and Treasurer-Elect, Ben King award $16,920 in Innovative Grant funds to thirty-six TISD teachers.

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