SHENANDOAH, Iowa -- The new Shenandoah Iowa Education Foundation awarded its first series of mini-grants to teachers on January 18. One grant was presented to teachers at each educational level -- Sarah F. Martin, Erin Mulder and Maria Blake.
Martin received a grant to help facilitate a high school FFA trip to hear nationally known speaker Temple Grandin discuss animal behavior, livestock handling and how her experience with autism influenced her career. Additionally, students will explore possible careers in agriculture and leadership roles.
Mulder, a middle school teacher, is using her grant to fund “BreakoutEDU” kits, which can enhance student learning by creating opportunities for learners to creatively problem solve and collaborate.
Blake has implemented flexible seating in her elementary classroom and is expanding options for student choice with the purchase of “Active Learning Stools.”
The foundation will award up to three mini-grants each semester, with each of them ranging up to $250. Teachers can apply through their building administrators.
Shown in the photo below here are, left to right, teachers Martin, Mulder and Blake with foundation board members Star Ann Kloberdanz and Duane Rexroth.