Great Schools Partnership recently surprised 17 Knox County teachers with TeacherPreneur grants totaling $105,750.
This is the sixth year that Great Schools Partnership has partnered with Knox County Schools to offer teachers funding to pursue their creative ideas in the classroom through its TeacherPreneur grant program. Great Schools received 75 entries for this year’s TeacherPreneur grants. Since the program’s inception, Great Schools has awarded $647,000 to 85 Knox County teachers.
This year’s largest gift of $15,000 went to Austin-East Magnet High School teacher Laura Lee Thompson. Thompson plans to use the funds to update the school’s visual arts program.
“I want our students to learn digital design skills they can use in their chosen careers after high school,” Thompson said. “There’s always a place for the traditional tools, like pencils and paintbrushes, but I want our students to also have the opportunity to make artwork using current technologies.”
With the grant funds, Thompson plans to buy iPads, digital drawing tools and programs, and a projection system that incorporates Apple TV.
Great Schools Partnership congratulates all of our 2019-2020 TeacherPreneur grant recipients:
“Our TeacherPreneur grants provide teachers with the funds they need to turn their innovative teaching ideas into reality,” said Jonathan Scoonover, Great Schools Partnership’s interim president. “While teachers are the recipients of the awards, it is Knox County’s 60,000 students who are the true beneficiaries of this program.”
Teachers who are interested in applying for next year’s TeacherPreneur program, can contact Great Schools Partnership for more information or visit their website here: www.GreatSchoolsPartnership.com
For more information, please visit the links of our media partners: