Fourteen Knox County Schools teachers received grants totally more than $100,000 from the Great Schools Partnership this month.
This is the third year that the Great Schools Partnership has offered teachers funding to pursue their creative ideas in the classroom through its TeacherPreneur Grant Program
“We received the largest number of proposals to date – 54, so choosing our winners was definitely not an easy task,” said Stephanie Welch, Great Schools Partnership’s interim president. “Each project represents the creativity of KCS teachers in bringing innovative, out-of-the-box thinking to their instruction. Some of the projects are brand new, ground breaking ideas. Others are based on existing ideas or technology, but with a new twist to meet the unique needs of the students in their classroom.”
The Great Schools Partnership worked with Knox County School’s Office of Innovation and a team of teacher/peer grant reviewers to vet the applications, interview finalists and choose this year’s winners.
Two of the winners, Sandy Morris from Green Magnet Academy and Rich McKinney from Vine Middle School, received funding for Virtual Reality technology to use in their schools.
“We really think our students will love this new technology,” said Sandy Morris, the magnet coordinator at Green Magnet Academy. “The Virtual Reality kit allows our students to experience the topics they’re learning. It’s the difference between being told the Great Pyramid is 481 feet tall and standing next to the structure and looking at how high it is.”
The following educators were this year’s TeacherPreneur grant recipients.
|Knox County School||Educator|
|South Doyle High School||Emily Frei|
|Dogwood Elementary||Nancy Friedrich|
|Green Magnet Academy||Tommie Branscum|
|Green Magnet Academy||Sandy Morris|
|Vine Middle School||Rich McKinney|
|Beaumont Magnet Academy||Cheryl Burchett|
|Rocky Hill Elementary||Jordan Haney|
|Hardin Valley Academy||John Tilson|
|Hardin Valley Academy||Andre Caballero|
|Hardin Valley Academy||Frank Chen|
|Ridgedale Alternative School||Miller Foutch|
|Northwest Middle School||Melanie McCardel|
|Central High School||Jennifer Sullivan|
TeacherPreneur is a grant award program funded by Great Schools Partnership and administered in partnership with Knox County Schools Office of Innovation. In alignment with the Knox County School’s strategic plan, TeacherPreneur aims to promote KNS teachers as educational leaders and creative problem solvers by encouraging them to use their expertise and creativity to improve our district and the learning opportunities we provide Knox County students. All full-time Knox County teachers are eligible for the awards. For more information on TeacherPreneur and the Great Schools Partnership, please go to: http://www.greatschoolspartnership.com/teacherpreneur/.
The Great Schools Partnership serves as a catalyst, think tank, incubator, start-up funder and operational partner for Knox County Schools. Together, we are working to create the best school system in the South.