Education Grant Recipients

2019 Recipients

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Lindsey Bradshaw

HSE Intermediate Junior High School
Purchased: Science classroom gardening materials

"I love being able to share real-life experiences with my students and, hopefully, teach them a life skill they can use in their lives that deals with science."

Laura Gunderson

Laura Gunderson

Center Grove Middle School Central
Purchased: Level-appropriate novels for novice Spanish students

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"Every day, I have the unique opportunity to share my passion for Spanish with my students. I can’t think of many other careers that allow you to share your passion with others in the way that teachers share theirs with their students. I get to help students navigate meaning in a language that is new to them. I also get to share the beauty of the Spanish culture that inspired me to learn in the first place.  And through my own excitement about our class, I model to my students what it looks like to follow your passion in life. Having a passion for something makes life more meaningful, and so, I love teaching for many reasons, but inspiring my students to find their own passions like I have is definitely at the top of the list!"

Brett Hawkins

Brett Hawkins

Abraham Lincoln Elementary School
Purchased: New barred instruments for music class

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"As an educator, I truly get to do what I love. I truly enjoy witnessing the power of music and its impact on students. Seeing them develop a love and knowledge of music in the years they are with me is truly special. I also enjoy exposing my students to many different types of music around the world, which reminds them of diversity and other genres out there."

Amanda Kramer and family

Amanda Kammer

Franklin Township Middle School West
Purchased: Pickleball paddles, nets and balls for PE class

"The best part of my job as a PE teacher is seeing the kids who think they can't be successful in the gym find success each and every day.  I also love being able to expose my students to games and activities, like pickleball, that they can play for a lifetime."

Norman Leonard receiving award

Norman Leonard

Pike High School
Purchased: Water bottle filling stations in hallway

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"I love helping students reach their goals and encouraging them to push themselves to get better daily.  I also love challenging their thinking, offering broader perspectives and deeper understandings, and then seeing paradigm shifts that will lead to future improvement and success in their lives."

Amy Mohl

Amy Mohl

Speedway High School
Purchased: Korg Krome EX88 Synthesizer Keyboard

"It makes my heart happy to see students achieve success through our rehearsals and individual practice. I spend a lot of time with the students as a music teacher, and they are the reason I love coming to my job every day. They continually impress me, and I am so proud of what they accomplish from year to year."

Bruce Nelson

Bruce Nelson

Indian Creek Elementary School
Purchased: STEM 3D pens and accessory kit

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"Since I first started teaching, I have always enjoyed watching the students when they reach an understanding – the "Aha!" moment.  In my current position, I get to see that almost on a daily basis as students from 1st through 6th grade work on a variety of projects that begin with students saying, "That's too hard," and ending with massive grins as they persevere through to a solution."

Daniel Ng

Daniel Ng

Thomas Gregg Neighborhood School
Purchased: Global art exchange initiative

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"As a teacher, I'm most excited about the shared learning experience. I became a teacher because I wanted to share my love of creating with students. I feel that the visual arts have a rich benefit for students’ academic and social-emotional growth. In this journey, I'm learning new things as well. Oftentimes, I make new discoveries alongside my students."

Sheryl Niccum

Sheryl Niccum

Guerin Catholic High School
Purchased: Alternative classroom seating

"I love that I have the opportunity to make a positive difference in my students' lives on a daily basis."

Melanie Nobbe

Melanie Nobbe

New Palestine Junior High
Purchased: Gimkit live learning game

"Every day is a new adventure with adolescents.  While it is an admittedly awkward and unsettling time of growth in their lives, the greatest moments are when I see my students become "comfortable in their own skin." As they begin to recognize their strengths, their interests, and their niche, it's exciting to see their transformation. Too often, adolescents are blind to their abilities by perceived inadequacies and insecurities. Fostering opportunities for them to see themselves as I do, as unique and specially gifted, is often a game-changer."

Katie Norton

Katie Norton

Southeastern Elementary School
Purchased: Outdoor play equipment

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"I love finding what my students are interested in and finding ways to incorporate the standards. I love being outside and playing with my students. As a kindergarten teacher, I get to see so much growth! It's amazing how much my students learn throughout the year!"

Elaine Oldham

Elaine Oldham

Washington Woods Elementary School
Purchased: Book Fairy book program

"Social-Emotional Learning is a big component of our school’s philosophy, and we strive to empower the students to be advocates and future leaders. Seeing the impact this program has made on our students is so inspiring. Coming to school each morning is not a job for me. It is a privilege."

Kay Schrage

Kay Schrage

Stony Creek Elementary School
Purchased: Osmo Explorer Kits

"I love my students! I love the relationships I form with them and their families and the impact I can make during the 180 days I get to spend with them."

Jessica Smith

Jessica Smith

Lew Wallace 107
Purchased: Modernize school library with culturally responsive books

"I love working with students who don't have everything. My students come from broken homes, many are refugees and almost none look like me. They are my heart. They are why I was born. I want them to have the brightest future possible. I believe in them. My favorite quote that keeps me going is, 'God does not place brains in kids' heads based on their zip codes.'"

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Erin Stevens

JB Stephens Elementary School
Purchased: Badminton Class Pack for PE class

"I am very passionate about Wellness. I love being able to teach students new sports and games and to love being active. I believe that elementary physical education is the cornerstone of Wellness in our community."

Lisa Thresh

Lisa Thresh

Pleasant Run Elementary School
Purchased: Sensory pathways

"One of the most rewarding parts of being a teacher is meeting students where they are academically, socially and emotionally, and then helping them grow. Watching students become more confident in their abilities is amazing. Social and emotional skills are qualities that will help them throughout their entire lives. Those "lessons" are just as important as the academic lessons."

Miranda Vaiagae

Miranda Vaiagae

Southwest Elementary School
Purchased: Math stackers

"I love teaching kindergarten! Most students come in without a lot of exposure to letters and numbers, and yet they are so eager to learn. The growth I see throughout the year is incredible. We are working and learning as a team, and they teach me just as much as I teach them. The best thing about my work is that it has a purpose, and I know what I do every day is making a difference!"

Previous Education Grant Winners

2018 Recipients


Erin Amones
New Palestine Junior High School
Purchased: Social thinking curriculum

Melissa Bardack
Center Grove High School
Purchased: Supplies and computer to help with 3D printer design

Stephanie Basile​
Raymond F. Brandes School
Purchased: 30 seat sacks

Edward Berry
Franklin Central High School
Purchased: Rebranding of business department coffee shop

David Culley
Noblesville West Middle School
Purchased: Chinese calligraphy supplies

Veronica Curtis
Franklin Township Middle School East
Purchased: Metal baskets for student desks

Deborah Huffine
Guion Creek Middle School
Purchased: Gladiator ready-to-assemble, hardwood top workbench

Jennifer Leavell
Mt. Vernon High School
Purchased: High-interest books for 9–12 classroom

Nicole Little
Mary Bryan Elementary School
Purchased: Sets of chapter books and bins to store the books

Megan Mathew
Hamilton Heights Middle School
Purchased: Heartrate monitors and software with licensing

Ann Mennonno
Clarks Creek Elementary School
Purchased: Makerspace project cart, fully loaded

Angel Myers
New Britton Elementary School
Purchased: Project Lead the Way launch program modules

Angela Roamer
Avon Intermediate School East
Purchased: Upkeep with classroom cellos and basses

Danielle Thompson
Fall Creek Elementary School
Purchased: Outdoor sensory wall

Robert Walls
Kitley Elementary
Purchased: New Young Hoosier books

Nicole Walters
White River Elementary School
Purchased: Additional books for the classroom that show diverse cultures

Kerri Wood
Belzer Middle School
Purchased: Cross-curricular STEM project



2017 Recipients

Chris Atkinson
Cherry Tree Elementary School
Purchased: 3D Printer for school’s Makerspace

Andrew Brinkman
North Central High School
Purchased: Music composition and analysis software program

Matthew Goddard
Holy Angels Catholic School
Purchased: 12 World Music drumming kits

Sarah Cannon
Eastridge Elementary School
Purchased: Learning rug, outdoor picnic supplies and exercise games

Courtney Chamberlin
North Elementary School
Purchased: Research-based leveled textbooks for the library

Kristen Fern
Super School #19
Purchased: Art and clay making supplies

Miranda Fikes
Rosa Parks Kindergarten Academy
Purchased: Reading and world-building manipulatives

Kurt Freytag
Lawrence Central High School
Purchased: IHSAA basketball and cold-weather gear

Todd Hagemeier
Westfield Middle School
Purchased: 10 disc golf baskets and disc sets

Greg McCord
HSE Junior High School
Purchased: Maglev track and materials for engineering design processes

Kevin Morse
Westfield High School
Purchased: Lab technology for science classrooms

Amber Ploutz
V.O. Isom Elementary School
Purchased: Drama club supplies and costumes

Jennifer Spoor
Reagan Elementary School
Purchased: 6 Kore Patented WOBBLE Chairs

Amanda Stinnett
Pleasant Crossing Elementary School
Purchased: 24 stability ball chairs

Leah Trigg
Avon High Schools
Purchased: Keyboard piano and bench for school choir

Dawn Walker-Seyerle
Arsenal Technical High School
Purchased: Class set of the book "Everything You Need to Ace American History in One Big Fat Notebook"

Lane Waters
Park Tudor
Purchased: Picnic tables, watering system and other equipment for outdoor learning community



2016 Recipients


Erin Amones
Doe Creek Middle School
Purchased: Materials for 7th and 8th grade essential skills classes

Jamie Beck
Greenwood Community Schools
Purchased: Resources to teach social skills to kindergarten students

Catherine Brinkerhoff
Brownsburg East Middle School
Purchased: MakerBot STEM supplies including a 3D printer and filament

Douglas Brown
Noblesville West Middle School
Purchased: Six durable, portable chessboards and pieces to start a school chess club

Cathleen Clady
Eleanor Skillen School #34
Purchased: Student classroom books for critical reading and writing

Kathy Drake
Pleasant View Elementary School
Purchased: Cubelets Creative Constructors Pack of modular click together robots

Melody Gayle
Break-O-Day Elementary
Purchased: Materials and manipulatives to use at Daily 5 learning stations

Tracie Greene
Smoky Row Elementary
Purchased: Equabeam tools for math to help students gain number sense

Karen Hovanec
Cathedral High School
Purchased: Level-appropriate novels for Spanish classes

Kylie Keevy
Harshman Middle School
Purchased: 50 frogs, 6 fetal pigs and dissections supplies

Jennifer Marlow
Carmel High School
Purchased: 24 Hanna Instruments’ pH testers

Theresa Mendez
Central Catholic School
Purchased: A wide range of new books for the school library

Terry Mitchell
Guion Creek Intermediate
Purchased: Project Lead the Way robotics kits

Nicole Monkul
Brooks School Elementary
Purchased: STEM design and build engineering centers

Ryan Morphew
Options Charter Schools
Purchased: Classroom double-sided dry erase boards, markers and erasers

David Nelson
Indian Creek Elementary
Purchased: Makerspace Pack and materials, including a 3D printer

Carla Redden
Stonybrook Middle School
Purchased: Science supplies including charts, books and chemicals

Helen Shere
Herron High School
Purchased: Class set of magnetic models and cell modeling materials

Gwen Wieczorek
St. Theodore Guerin High School
Purchased: Class set of MiniOne Systems (gel electrophoresis equipment)



2015 Recipients


Vicki Ayres-Benson
North Central High School
Purchased: Pottery wheel for art class

Kelsey Buckley
Zionsville Middle School
Purchased: Makerspace for the media center

Bill Buckman
Carmel Clay Middle School
Purchased: TI Navigator System for calculators

Josh Cecil
Noblesville High School
Purchased: Classroom cameras for video production

Ashley Connor
Sunnyside Elementary, Lawrence Township School
Purchased: Independent phonics center during guided reading

Marinda Grove
Abraham Lincoln Elementary School
Purchased: Homeschool connection lending library

Maureen Hoffman-Wehmeier
Greenwood Middle School
Purchased: Make My Newspaper design software for school newspaper program

Colleen Ireland
Geist Elementary, Hamilton Southeastern Schools
Purchased: Math game materials

Adam Jahn
Fall Creek Intermediate, Hamilton Southeastern Schools
Purchased: Quadcopter drone for computer programming and data analyzation

Kim King
Center Grove Elementary
Purchased: Guided reading book sets

Jeremy Large
New Palestine High School
Purchased: Recording equipment to create a recording studio

Christine Miller
Shamrock Springs Elementary School
Purchased: Physical Education equipment

Barbra Nichols
New Augusta North, Pike Township Schools
Purchased: Math classroom manipulatives

Alexandra Tubbs
Thompson Crossing Elementary, Franklin Township Schools
Purchased: GAMEPLAN Curriculum books, charts, visuals and classroom set manipulatives

Kim Ward
SUPER School #19, Indianapolis Public Schools
Purchased: Action Based Learning Lab math games, manipulatives and Math & Movement colorful mats



2014 Recipients


Jessica Belton
Avon High School
Purchased: Thermal cycler for DNA hands-on student activities

Clara Crosby
Arlington Elementary, Franklin Township Schools
Purchased: Creation of a classroom reading center and library

Valerie Ferry
Carey Ridge Elementary, Westfield Washington Schools
Purchased: A Copernicus reading and writing center for large group instruction.

Kristin Hancock
GW Carver Montessori 87, Indianapolis Public Schools
Purchased: Picnic tables to turn the school's learning garden into an outdoor classroom

Craig Helming
Noblesville High School
Purchased: Supplies to introduce students to the craft of woodworking

Amanda Holland
Mt. Comfort Elementary, Mt. Vernon Schools
Purchased: Interactive learning tools for the classroom smartboard

Kendra Kidwell
Abraham Lincoln Elementary, Perry Township Schools
Purchased: Classroom supplies including a color-coded rug and student storage sacks

Laura LaCross
Riverside Intermediate School, Hamilton Southeastern Schools
Purchased: Robotic kits to augment STEM learning

Kelly Looper
Guion Creek Middle School, Pike Township Schools
Purchased: Books for summer reading

Terri Perkins
Francis Bellamy 102, Indianapolis Public Schools
Purchased: Character education program to teach prosocial skills to preschool children

Regina Rexrode
Stony Creek Elementary, Noblesville Schools
Purchased: Broadcast software for the daily student school newscast

Christina Riley
Options Charter School, Carmel
Purchased: School-wide initiatives focused on team building, leadership and stress relief

Josh Torres
Center Grove High School
Purchased: A lead pan and set of double seconds to support diverse music education

Danielle Traphagan
New Augusta North, Pike Township Schools
Purchased: Magellan eXplorist GPS tools to support modern geography and spatial thinking education

Brenda Walde
Mary Bryan Elementary and Southport Elementary, Perry Township Schools
Purchased: Assessment software used to identify students in need of special services


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