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CSD Foundation Gives $90,000 to Teachers for Innovative Projects

The holidays have arrived early for some Canyons District teachers.

The Canyons Education Foundation spent two days last week criss-crossing the District to surprise teachers in their classrooms with the news that they had been chosen to receive a 2014 Foundation Innovation Grant.

The Foundation distributed 17 grants – made possible by generous community donations – to teachers who submitted creative and exciting ideas for ways to use technology in the classroom.

In all, the Foundation gave away $90,000. The grant winners were picked by a selection committee, which was made up of Foundation board members, administrators and educators in Canyons’ Education Technology, Evidence-Based Learning and Special Education departments. This year, the Foundation received 32 applications totaling $196,576.22 in funding requests.

Teachers who received grants, and the names of their projects, are the following:

  • Grace Libby McShinsky, Alta View Elementary, $4,325.62, “Illustrating Math Story Problems Using iPads”
  • Tami Malan, Teresa Gilpin, Karen Trevino, Becki Little, Alta View Elementary, $10,000, “Chromebook Technology”
  • Todd Butler, Canyons Technical Education Center, $4,591.97, “Medical Assisting Interactive Smart Board”
  • Fourth Grade Team, Draper Elementary, $7,480, “Weatherbug:  Enhancing Science, Math, and Technology Learning and Community Service”
  • Tammy Goodwater, East Sandy Elementary, $5,727.75, “Little Hands Touch Learning”
  • Jaydene Rusel, Granite Elementary, $2,727.78, “Beating Benchmark and Beyond”
  • Clief Castleton, Hillcrest High, $3,230.35, “Innovating STEM Communication”
  • Ed Mondragon, Hillcrest High, $1,500, “STEM Introduction Through Game Development with GAME:IT Software”
  • Michael Brzozowski, Hillcrest, $9,499, “Getting Students Acquainted with Visual Art Communication Through Electronic Media”
  • Peiru Hsieh, Lone Peak Elementary, $4,187.80, “I Love to Write Chinese”
  • Heather Krall, Lone Peak Elementary, $7,821.95, “Engaging Students Through iPads”
  • Pamela Tafili, Midvale Middle, $3,000, “Genetics: Me, My Family Tree, and Human History”
  • Linda Tognoni, Park Lane Elementary, $2,454.66, Autism Cluster Classroom
  • Stephanie Campo, Ridgecrest Elementary, $4,289.41, “Through the Eyes of a Child:  Making Mini-Movies with Meaning”
  • Cindy Bronson, Sprucewood Elementary, $9,566.78, “iPads”
  • Michele Law, Sprucewood Elementary, $2,744, “Capture the World!”
  • Jolene Brown, Willow Canyon Elementary, $3,606, “Exercising our Ears”

See Canyons District’s Facebook page and the Foundation’s Facebook page for photographs of the surprise classroom announcements. 

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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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