Teacher Grant Awards Benefit Kids

Teacher Gail Truby, Principal Steve LaBau and students pose with a check for $1,960.

The Nampa Schools Foundation has awarded 2019 Teacher Incentive Grants totaling $17,862.66 to 13 educators from eight schools.

The foundation is a volunteer-led, non-profit organization that seeks to enrich the quality of education, expand learning opportunities for students and teachers, and bring the community together in support of the Nampa School District.

The grant program is designed to encourage innovation and collaboration and encourage teachers to expand their ability to integrate new ideas to impact student outcomes.

Grants were awarded to:

  • Mickie Barrett, Endeavor Elementary – Walking, Podcast
  • Alicia Chalom, Iowa Elementary – Engaging Struggling Readers
  • Laura Crawford, Lake Ridge Elementary – Constitution Project
  • Carrie Dayley, Willow Elementary – STARLAB
  • John Derr, Central Elementary – Peeka VR (Virtual Reality) Reading
  • Rachel Hassman, Central Elementary – Community Garden
  • Tiffany Jessen, Iowa Elementary – STEM & Strategy
  • Obregailla Mello, Greenhurst Elementary – Building Relationships
  • Misty Oakes, Roosevelt Elementary – Flexible Seating
  • Norma Pomerleau, Lake Ridge – Differentiated Math Activity
  • Gail Truby, Lake Ridge Elementary – High-Noon Books
  • Quincey Williamson, Lake Ridge, VR (Virtual Reality) in the Classroom
  • Cari Woodruff, South Middle – Heart Rate Monitors

At a recent foundation board meeting, Lake Ridge teacher Gail Truby shared her perspective on the value of the grants. An early reading specialist, Truby works with students in grades K-5. Using grant funds, she purchased High Noon chapter books that build on students’ reading skills.

“A lot of the books are real informational books,” she said. Topics include the Grand Canyon, Challenger explosion and other topics of interest to the students.

Students have been very responsive to the books, Truby said. “For these struggling readers it is so important for them be excited,” she said. “It has been rewarding to fill the gaps in phonics and help the students move on.”

Nampa Schools Foundation funds are generated through direct mail appeals, an annual golf tournament and unsolicited donations. This year’s golf tournament is scheduled for June 14.

For more information, visit http://www.nampaschoolsfoundation.org/.