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Innovation Grants – Turning Teachers’ Big Ideas into Reality

Teachers are constantly generating ideas for improving instruction and putting them into practice in their classrooms. They are the secret sauce for innovation, a wellspring of ideas for advancing education–which is why the Canyons Education Foundation each year offers grants to help teachers bring their big ideas to fruition.

Applications are open now for the competitive grants, which recognize and support excellence in teaching by providing funds – up to $10,000 per grantee – to enhance teaching through technology, materials or supplemental programs. All applications are due Monday, Sept. 30, at 5 p.m., and the forms can be found on the Foundation’s website. Awards will be based on the educational merit, as well as the creativity of the proposals. 

Grant winners come from all grade levels and subject areas, from math and science to music and language. Requests range from robotics kits and 3-D printers to technology that helps young musicians practice challenging musical scores at home.

On any given year, a total of about $100,000 is available. Funds earned at a Sept. 18 golf tournament at Wasatch Mountain Golf Course in Midway help pay for the grants.

Questions about the grant process or the golf tournament can be answered by Canyons’ Development Office at 801-826-5178.

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Lucie Chamberlain

Alta View Elementary

If a movie about super teachers were ever made, Lucie Chamberlain would be a prime candidate for a leading role. Fortunately for her kindergarten students at Alta View Elementary, she already thrives in a supporting role for them. Parents thank her for being a “super teacher.” She is also described as an “amazing colleague.” Whether students need help in the classroom or from home while sick, Lucie goes above and beyond to help them learn, overcome fears, and feel important and cared for. Lucie is the reason a number of kids went from hating school to loving it, according to parents. The way she exudes patience, sweetness, positive energy, and love for her students with special needs melts is appreciated and admired. One parent noted: “Both my kids wish she could be their teacher forever.” Another added:  “She treats every student like their learning and their feelings are her priority.” Super teacher, indeed!

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