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Education Foundation Awards Innovative Teacher Grants

It is with great pride that the Keller ISD Education Foundation announces its 2012 Innovative Teacher grant recipients. 

On December 13 and 14, the KEF Board of Directors, accompanied by the KISD High School Drum Lines, marched through the halls awarding Keller ISD campuses their grants for this year. After receiving an overwhelming response from teachers, the Keller ISD Education Foundation awarded approximately $35,000 in the form of 25 grants. The grant program provides funds for innovative ideas that enhance the educational experience for Keller ISD students.

Each of the teachers had to identify a student need, research various ways of fulfilling that need, come up with a creative grant approach, determine all of the costs involved with the implementation of the grant and organize all that data and place it into a cohesive grant application. This takes an enormous amount of time and dedication. It is only fitting that we publicly recognize their commitment to our children’s education. By funding these grants, their innovative idea will become both a reality and an integral part of their student’s curriculum. The Keller ISD Education Foundation wishes to thank all of these teachers on behalf of the children they serve and their grateful parents.

The Keller Education Foundation also would like to thank Frost Bank for sponsoring the 2012 Innovative Grant Participation Award, which went to Hillwood Middle School, as well as the other sponsors that help make these grants possible. Without their financial commitment, we simply could not fund as many grants. Their donation to this foundation is an honorable commitment to the importance of philanthropy and furthering the public good. We applaud each of them.

The Keller ISD Education Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization founded solely for the purpose of raising and distributing resources to support the Keller Independent School District in their mission to provide excellence in education. 

Public support enables the Keller ISD Education Foundation to continue its mission. We encourage all residents to help us help our children by volunteering their time, making a financial contribution, attending our fundraiser, or by simply thanking the teachers for their dedication and commitment to education. 

“The teacher grant process at the Keller ISD Education Foundation is a challenging and passionately-hard fought procedure. We are so impressed and encouraged by the vision and aspirations of our teachers to inspire their children through a teacher grant application. Our goal at the education foundation is to continue to grow an endowment fund, which would ensure the foundation’s ability to provide valuable educational resources that are not covered by the district’s normal operating budget”, said Tom Frank, Chairman of the Keller ISD Education Foundation.

For more information or to send a donation, please contact D’Lee Marshall, Executive Director, Keller ISD Education Foundation, P.O. Box 101, Keller, TX 76244 or at 817-744-1050 or

The Keller ISD Education Foundation 2012 Innovative Teacher Grants

Whitley Road Elementary School
• Sheila Morgan - Kaleidoscope of Cloth

Hillwood Middle School
• Patricia Ritchey - Once Upon a Time in Texas a Musical Melody
• David Birt - Bringing 21st Century Technology in Math

Parkwood Hill Intermediate School
• Jill Dewitt - It’s Easy to be Green

Early Learning Center
• Cynthia Anthony - Early Literacy Links: No More Letter of the Week

Timberview Middle School
• Jennifer Bass - Hooked on Graphic Novels

Eagle Ridge Elementary School
• LeeAnn Zbichorski and Shelley Moore - Lego Club

Trinity Meadows Intermediate School
• Angie Lindbloom - Intermediate Tour/ Play Share
• Kelly Guidry - Accepting Rachel’s Challenge

Heritage Elementary School
• Lori Rowland - Making Math Fun with Manipulatives

Central High School
• Natalie Brown - MacBook Checkout Program

Fossil Ridge High School
• Audrey Wilson-Youngblood - Closing the Gap and Creating a Vision of Technology Integration through a 1:1 Seed Program
• Mike Aiken - Electronic Media and Photoshop Projects in Art I Class

Timber Creek High School
• Dell Ison - It’s Not Easy Working with Green!
• Dell Ison - Media on the Go, Take 2!

Keller High School
• Misty Swan - Yabla! Let’s Get Listening and Speaking!

Florence Elementary School
• Allison Lerner - Clear Views for Kindergarten!
• Allison Lerner - Investigations Clear Views
• Becky Wimberley - Reusable Supplies for Kindergarten

Hidden Lakes Elementary School
• Laura Israel - Music Listening Program

Shady Grove Elementary
• Marie Heil - Time to Sensorize!
• Anne Kendrick - A Study of American Art

Independence Elementary School
• Crystal Ries - Let’s Get Scientific with Literacy!

Bear Creek Intermediate School
• Lisa Moorehead - Create iBooks not Textbooks!