Teachers Earn Grants From The Education Foundation

Teachers Earn More Than $175,000 in Grants From The Education Foundation of Palm Beach County
Posted on 10/01/2021
Teacher receiving grant

One evening’s celebration of public education will lead to many months of innovation in Palm Beach County classrooms and long-lasting positive effects on students.

“Any type of technology enhancement is going to benefit the students and anything that benefits the students, I’m happy with,” said Dr. Aaron Snyder, a teacher at Santaluces High School and the recipient of this year’s inaugural GoTeach STEM! Innovation Award for $5,000.

Eighty-eight grants were up for grabs in the Education Foundation of Palm Beach County’s GoTeach! Classroom Grants competitive program for public school teachers. These grants provide teachers with the opportunity to present innovative ideas for projects that would contribute to student success.

“The last year has been the year of the teacher,” Education Foundation of Palm Beach County President/CEO James Gavrilos said during Wednesday’s awards ceremony. “You have chosen a profession and you honor us, you honor our children, you bring honor to the District, and every day, you bring honor to the profession of teaching and we cannot thank you enough.”

GoTeach! Classroom Grant Awards fund individual teacher projects up to $1,000 and team projects receive up to $1,500. GoReach! High Impact Awards fund projects up to $3,000 with funding from the Frederick A. DeLuca Foundation. New this year are the GoTeach STEM! Innovation Award and GoTeach FINLIT! Innovation Award with funding support of $5,000 courtesy of the Stiles-Nicholson Foundation.

“Our trustees consider the GoTeach! Awards as excellent mechanisms to incentivize and support teachers in the School District of Palm Beach County,” said David Nicholson, president of the Stiles-Nicholson Foundation. “Our hope is to take these initiatives to the next level by introducing our inaugural Innovation Awards for GoTeach STEM! and GoTeach FinLit! Teachers have a leveraged impact on society via the large number of students that are influenced by them. Accordingly, we feel strongly that teachers need to be supported, especially in a few key subject areas which help the students succeed in life.”

This year’s grants totalled more than $175,000.

“It’s going to allow us to get some more things in here related to STEM and STEAM,” said Georgene Joyner, a teacher at Royal Palm School who received a GoReach! High Impact Award for $3,000. “I want to get 3D pens, which I think will be easier for our students to use, and a 3D printer because I like the cause and effect and them being able to see the process.”

The Education Foundation, community partners, District leaders, teachers, and administrators attended the celebration at the Duncan Theatre at Palm Beach State College on Wednesday, September 29. Watch the virtual broadcast of the event here.

“To do more for your students to make their experience better, to be innovative and to engage them, is just very impressive and greatly appreciated,” Superintendent Mike Burke told the crowd of educators. “We are fortunate to have you all.”

Community partners supporting this program are the Frederick A. DeLuca Foundation, Stiles-Nicholson Foundation, the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations via the School District Education Foundation Matching Grant Program, the state of Florida’s ‘Support Education’ license plate program, SRG Technology, UnitedHealthcare, Verizon, U.S. Sugar, Aerojet Rocketdyne Foundation, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Regions Bank, PNC Bank, and HBK CPAs and Consultants.

“The Education Foundation is humbled by what our teachers do everyday in the classroom for our children,” said Jim Moore, board chair for the Education Foundation and executive with UnitedHealthcare. “We are honored to host the GoTeach! Classroom Grant Awards that bring together the School Board, the District staff, and our generous community business partners to recognize some of these amazing teachers and fund their fantastic project to help our students excel.”

Classroom grant awards were presented to the following School District of Palm Beach County recipients:

GoReach! High Impact Award
• Adrianna Hunt, Forest Hill Elementary
• Amanda Crane, Palm Beach Gardens High
• April Leach, Ph.D., Lake Worth Middle
• Bogdan Paraschivoiu, Spanish River High
• Curtis Holland, Grove Park Elementary
• Danielle Madsen, Palm Beach Lakes High
• Debbie Tanner, S.D. Spady Elementary
• Elizabeth Bare, Greenacres Elementary
• Erin Miller, Belvedere Elementary
Georgene Joyner, Royal Palm School
• Geraldine Padgett, Wynnebrook Elementary
• Jenna Pomeroy, Forest Hill Elementary
• John Walker, Palm Beach Gardens High

GoTeach FINLIT! Innovation Award
• Cassandra Thomas, Riviera Beach Preparatory Achievement Academy
Cody Russell, Eagles Landing Middle School

GoTeach STEM! Innovation Award
Aaron Snyder, Santaluces Community High
• Allegra Butler, Boynton Beach High
• Jelina Gonzalez, Loxahatchee Groves Elementary

GoTeach! Classroom Grant Award
• Adriana Omas, Okeeheelee Middle
• Allan Geppert, Rolling Green Elementary
• Alexis Holcomb, Belle Glade Elementary
• Allyn Van Valkenburg, Diamond View Elementary
• Altomese Banks, Forest Park Elementary
• Alyssa Maddox, South Grade Elementary
• Anju Thokalath, Greenacres Elementary
• Brent Bludworth, Lake Worth High
• Britt Feingold, Lake Worth High
• Brian Dorrian, Wellington Landings Middle
• Carla Vela, Okeeheelee Middle
• Carmen Williams, Village Academy
• Caroline Epstein, Binks Forest Elementary
• Claudia Gallardo, Wellington High
• Daimy Neal, Crestwood Middle
• Dana Tate, Village Academy
• Danielle Garcia, Orchard View Elementary
• Dawn Harrison, North Grade K-8
• Diane Martin, South Tech Academy
• Donna Melius, Conniston Middle
• Donna Sanders, South Tech Academy
• Edward Walters, South Tech Academy
• Gabriela Hughes, Golden Grove Elementary
• Grace Bailey, Dwight D. Eisenhower Elementary
• Hailey Turner, Seminole Ridge High
• Jaclyn Schaub, Jupiter Middle
• Jacque Dyer, Rolling Green Elementary
• James Reeder, Royal Palm School
• Jill Williams, Royal Palm School
• Julianne Polito, Conniston Middle
• Karina Constantine, Eagles Landing Middle
• Karla Wasson, Loxahatchee Groves Elementary
• Kelly Meyer, Seminole Ridge High
• Kristin Holden, Gove Elementary
• Linda Pike, Jupiter Middle

• Keymi Shannon, Indian Pines Elementary
• Latrice Boykin, Riviera Beach Preparatory and Achievement Academy
• Lauren Hepworth, Barton Elementary
• Mari Orsenigo, Glades Central High
• Mary Yearwood, South Tech Academy
• Nadine Wooley, Rolling Green Elementary
• Rachel Bennett, Boca Raton Elementary
• Randi Hartman, Coral Sunset Elementary
• Robin Mann, Sandpiper Shores Elementary
• Ryan Dockery, Palm Beach Gardens High
• Shannon Solis, Village Academy
• Sheri Kramer, Grassy Waters Elementary
• Tempie Craven, Discovery Key Elementary

• Meghan Hess Shamdasani, South Tech Academy
• Meredith Abrams, North Grade K-8 School
• Susan Russo, Limestone Creek Elementary

• Lisa Shields, Wellington Landings Middle
• Lizzette De Jesus Andino, Royal Palm Beach High
• Lucinda Holden, Belle Glade Elementary
• Luiza Soto, Palmetto Elementary
• Margarette Marturano, Seminole Ridge High
• Marilynn Pedek Howard, Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts
• Maureen Meiners, Palm Beach Central High
• Meghan Hess Shamdasani, South Tech Academy
• Meghan Martinez, Multiple schools
• Melissa DiPasquale, Coral Sunset Elementary
• Meredith Abrams, North Grade K-8
• Michelle Dunlap, South Olive Elementary
• Michelle Nestler, J.C. Mitchell Elementary
• Montaneish Smith, The Conservatory School
• Nikki Christensen, Orchard View Elementary
• Norma Freimark, Royal Palm School
• Pamela Phillips, Verde K-8
• Rebecca Blucher, Forest Park Elementary
• Rhonda Epstein, South Tech Academy
• Rossana Ponce, Wellington High
• Salam Shuhaiber, Emerald Cove Middle
• Shamika Thomas, Riviera Beach Preparatory and Achievement Academy
• Shaquala White, Plumosa School of the Arts
• Steven Arango, Greenacres Elementary
• Susan McGill, Forest Park Elementary
• Susanna Strickland, Multiple Schools
• Syndie White, The Conservatory School
Tamara Rudolph, Greenacres Elementary
• Teresa Girolmetti, Coral Sunset Elementary
• Thais Souza, Royal Palm School
• Tiffany Brown, Village Academy
• Toneian Ivey, Lake Worth High
• Toshimi Abe-Janiga, Riviera Beach Preparatory and Achievement Academy
• Tracy Meiners, Palm Beach Central High
• Victoria Davis, SouthTech Academy
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