Archive for Thursday, September 21, 2006

Baldwin Education Foundation unveils grant winning teachers

September 21, 2006

Several Baldwin School District instructors were surprised Thursday afternoon by a group of Baldwin Education Foundation representatives.

A total of 20 teachers received a check and plaque, as part of the grants given by the education foundation. Each teacher received from $100 to $500 for innovative and unique classroom projects.

Baldwin High School English teacher Charles Holvoet was a recipient of the teacher grants from the foundation last spring. He was glad to receive the grant Thursday for the BHS English department.

"I was surprised, but not like last year when it came out of the blue," Holvoet said. "This one we had to apply for and we were hoping for it. It's always kind of a pleasant surprise to have something like that."

First-year BHS science teacher Jim Hartman was shocked when the group of foundation board members walked into his classroom.

"I am surprised on anything like that," Hartman said. "I was very surprised. I didn't realize that was the way we were going to receive the message. It was neat and nice that they brought a plaque."

Baldwin Education Foundation Director Kathy Gerstner, president Patty Irick and board member Ruth Barkley walked into the teacher's classrooms Thursday afternoon. Supt. Paul Dorathy and School Board President Alison Bauer tagged along to many of the rooms.

"The board was very pleased with being able to fund such outstanding project ideas," Irick said. "As this is the first year for these grants, we were excited with the number and quality of the applications we received from our excellent faculty."

The recipients of the grants applied by explaining how they would use the money for a classroom project.

The projects range from books to art supplies to a solar car project.

"I am always looking for an innovative way for the students to learn," Hartman said. "I was listening to the radio on the way up here and they were talking about a solar panel thing. I got to thinking about the grant and what I could do. So those kind of came together."

Hartman said the project would involve quite a bit of work for his students.

"My idea is to turn it into an inquiry-based investigation," Hartman said. "That will require some research and experiments with different conditions. It will involve collecting data."

Holvoet said the BHS English teachers have a plan for their money.

"We got it for the department and it's mostly for improving things for the drama department," Holvoet said.

The board awarded 13 grants totaling $4910. The faculty members submitted applications in late August.

Grant recipients were: Penny Hughes (Elementary technology resource integration instructor), Kathleen Sigvaldson (BHS social studies), Lori Lampe (BHS math), Marsene Feldt (Baldwin Junior High School art), Rachelle Rasing (BJHS technology integration specialist), Marilee Valentine (BJHS social studies), Chris Bulgren (elementary music), Sarah Harris and Amy Berg (Baldwin Elementary School Primary Center kindergarten), Donna Reed (Baldwin Elementary School Intermediate Center fifth grade), Kathy Dorsey (BESIC fifth grade) and Michelle Johnson, Clara Smith, Laura McCall, Ruth Foehringer, Carrie Enick, Barb Kessler and Barb Schwering (BJHS).

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