Classroom Innovation Grants

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The 2016-2017 Classroom Innovation Grants have been awarded to 27 teachers and total over $25,000 funded by the generosity of local businesses, corporate donations, community members and fundraising events.

Gilbert Education Foundation (GEF) board members and volunteers visited more than a dozen schools on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 to surprise educators who have been awarded GEF Classroom Innovation Grants. This program awards much-needed funds that enable educators to offer innovative programs and curricula in the classroom.

23 separate grants of up to $1,500 were awarded based on an application ranking process to those educators who have received the highest score in terms of innovative project funding requests that enhance the classroom learning environment focusing on literacy, technology and/or enrichment.
We want to thank all the educators who put forth a great effort in writing a grant for this year’s program. As we raise more money each year our hope is to increase the number of grants awarded.  Below is a list of this year’s winners:


Educator Name School Project Title
Beth Christensen Boulder Creek Elementary Jazz Assembly With Professional Quartet
Shirley Brohner Campo Verde High School Yoga/Meditation To Decrease Anxiety And Sensory Dysregulation For Special Needs Students.
Michelle Vequist Canyon Rim Elementary Read, Lead, Succeed
Charlene Heldt Gilbert Elementary Jazz Assembly With Professional Quartet
Jenny Nichols Gilbert Elementary, Oak Tree Elementary, Ashland Ranch Elementary Developing Young Musicians Through Online Portfolios
Lynn Jorgensen Gilbert High School Blackboard Optics For Physics And AP Physics
Brandi McMahan Greenfield Junior High Project Lead The Way VEX Automation And Robotics Lab
Donna Tow Harris Elementary Innovating Social Thinking Skills Today And Beyond
Lee Meschino, Lisa Nothnagel, Marla Wills Islands Elementary School Jazz Assembly With A Professional Quartet
Kathy Overall Mesquite Elementary Jazz Assembly With Professional Quartet