2017-18 Grant Recipients

Dara Goodlink, PLTW Teacher

 Urey Middle School


I plan to use the Robotics Arena for the UMS Robotics club to participate in Robotic Challenges and practice for their Robotics competitions generally held in May. I would eventually like to hold my own exhibition Robotics tournament with other schools. We will use the Robotics Arena in the regular Robotics class to provide a maze to help students learn programming.

Dyan Phillips, Art Teacher

Urey Middle School


Students will be able to create a clay mug using the slab construction method that is both pleasing in design and in function.  The students loved the project. We had a hot chocolate party and the students were able to drink out of their mugs. This was one of the most successful and popular projects I have done in many years and I believe that students enjoyed both the process and the experience of using the art that they created.

Leslie Stec, Language Arts, Math and

Social Studies Teacher

Urey Middle School 


This grant will be used to purchase both new materials and also implement an incentive program. These funds will sustain Urey’s Reading RTI program through the remainder of the 2017-18 school year. Additionally, the novels will be available in the years to come as engaging choices. The texts for my 7th Grade Social Studies course will be utilized during the second semester as we study the water crisis and Vietnam War. Introducing students to captivating texts is not necessarily a ground-breaking idea. This, however, does not lessen its educational value. Introducing a student to a good book can turn even the most reluctant readers into enthusiastic participants. When you couple that with the small group setting that is in place in these courses, you give yourself a winning combination. My students beg to spend more time reading our books together. These are the students that will vehemently complain about SSR time. The difference is that I am putting exciting texts into their hands, and we are experiencing them together. 

Judy Moore & Donna Rummel 

Media Center

Urey Middle School


The Makerspace will allow students an informal introduction to coding in a self-directed manner. It will encourage experimentation and creativity. Studies on “play” and brain development show that “play also has important links to developing key skills that serve as a foundation for life-long success, including critical thinking, communication, problem solving, and collaboration. Often referred to as 21st century skills, these capabilities complement core subject matter knowledge and are highly valued in a world that is increasingly complex, competitive, and interconnected.”

Jennifer Traub, 5th Grade Teacher

North Liberty Elementary School


Project Lead the Way is a hands on technology enhanced program that allows students to learn through problem based learning. Through PLTW, students will need to use a tablet to create KWL charts, research information through applications, and build simple machines, toys, and robots. Students will be engaged by interacting with the robotics kits as well as the tablets to help instruct and create. The use of tablets is mandatory for the PLTW curriculum of Robotics and Automation.

Amy Weiss, Title One Director



This project will bring Californian author and illustrator, A.J. Cosmo to all John Glenn School Corporation first and second grade students via an interactive web-based visit to each classroom. We will incorporate current technology initiatives as students read Cosmo’s books prior to his visit via their classroom iPads, then experience a live visit to the classroom on their classroom Smartboard.

Dawn Marks, 4th Grade Teacher

North Liberty Elementary School


The iPads will help successfully implement the PLTW program by allowing the students to be fully immersed in the program and receive maximum benefit. Through use of the iPads along with the PLTW program, we will be addressing all of the eight engineering process standards in 4th grade. Students will also explore four of the five physical science standards as well as all three of the engineering standards. The PLTW program provides the following information: Research demonstrates that PLTW students outperform their peers in school, are better prepared for post-secondary studies, and are more likely to consider careers as scientists, technology experts, engineers, mathematicians, healthcare providers, and researchers compared to their non-PLTW peers. Students and PLTW programs relevant, inspiring, engaging, and foundational to their future success.

Kay Freehauf, Science Teacher

John Glenn High School


I would like the students to learn about homeostasis of the human body by studying how that is maintained at extreme environments. They will be reading a nonfiction book with actual examples of people surviving in many different extreme environments: ocean, mountains, desert etc. It is part of our school goal to increase information literacy, so this will also be incorporated into the lessons.

Kurt Foster, Weight Training

John Glenn High School


I wish to provide more recognition to the students and student athletes of John Glenn that choose to commit themselves to becoming stronger, healthier individuals. Currently eighty three students are enrolled in an athletic development/strength training class. I also work with students after school (numbers vary depending on the season) to help develop strength and athleticism for their athletic teams. This grant will help address district goals by giving our student athletes another avenue in which they can excel and achieve. As of now, we do not have a record board in the weight room. This will give our students a visual tracking, so they can work towards their goals on a daily basis.