Classroom Innovation Grants


And The Winners Are in….

The 2017-2018 Classroom Innovation Grants have been awarded to 19 educators and total approximately $25,000 funded by the generosity of local businesses, corporate donations, community members and fundraising events.

Gilbert Education Foundation (GEF) board members, GPS governing board members, GPS administrators, sponsors and volunteers visited more than a dozen schools on Monday, December 18, 2017 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, technology and experiences in the classroom.

All grantees are awarded through a “blind read” of each application with a ranking process, and the applications that receive the highest scores are awarded a grant up to $1,500 to fund 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:




Project Title

Cheryl Sciutto

Burke (Special Education)

Kinesthetic Learning opportunity in the Special Education Classroom

Sara Flaherty

Campo Verde High School

Book Recommendation Podcasts

Kerry Draney

Canyon Rim Elementary

Game Day

Gabi Rullamas

Carol Rae (SPICE)

STEM Learning Lab for Students with Autism

Kristin Qualls

Carol Rae Ranch Elementary

Chromebooks for SPICE 1 Intermediate Autism Students

Addie Lafferty-Beakley

Carol Rae Ranch Special Education

iLearning: Building New Opportunities for Students with Autism

Vicki Jones

Distrct Office - Department of PD

Blended Learning in Action

Pier O'Brien

Gilbert Classical Academy

Character Advisory Curriculum

Jenni Feidler-Aguilar

Gilbert Elementary

STEAM Sculptures

Christa McKirchy

Houston Elementary

Second Step Social Emotional Learning program

Holly Dempsey

Mesquite Elementary (Adapted PE)

Adapted PE goes hand in hand with technology

Nancy Masterson

Mesquite Elementary School

Research and Innovative Designing with Chrome Books

Josie Brennan

Mesquite Elementary School

Emotional Social Learning Curriculum for 6th Grade

(L to R) Sheila Rogers (GPS Board), Lori Wood (GPS Board), Addie Lafferty-Beakley - Grant Winner - Carol Rae Ranch Elementary, Theresa Dootson GEF Executive Director, Jill Humpherys (GPS Board)

Theresa Dootson (GEF Executive Director), Kerry Draney, Canyon Rim Elementary , grant winner

(L to R) Jill Humpherys (GPS Board), Theresa Dootson GEF Executive Director, Sheila Rogers (GPS Board), Lori Wood (GPS Board), (in front center) Gabi Rullamis - Grant Winner Carol Rae Ranch Elementary

Theresa Dootson (GEF Executive Director), , Sara Flaherty, Campo Verde High School grant winner

(L to R) Lori Wood (GPS Board), Sheir Rogers (GPS Board), Jill Humpherys (GPS Board), Karen Kahn, Climatec (sponsor), Brittany Hardy, Milestone (sponsor) front: Theresa Dootson (GEF Executive Director) and grant winner, Kristin Qualls , Carol Rae Rancy