Wednesday October 30, board members of the MPISD Foundation, MPHS band, color
guard, cheerleaders, and the “Grr” Tiger mascot toured seven MPISD
campuses to award $33,236.28 in Educator grants to 36 teachers and
“We are so thankful to the MPISD Foundation for again presenting grants to our staff members”, said MPISD Superintendent of Schools Judd Marshall. “These funds will allow our teachers to do things that will benefit our students that would not be possible without Foundation assistance as they fall outside the budgets for our campuses. These supplemental funds will help us enrich the learning experiences of our students. I am also very thankful to all our employees and community members who have donated to the Foundation. Without them, these grants would not be possible.”
Grant recipients and their funded projects are:
Annie Sims Elementary: Windey Owens, to purchase chapter books for her 3rd grade classroom.
E.C. Brice Elementary: Sandra Cortez, to purchase books for her dual language classroom library; Maria Flores, to purchase books for her classroom library; Carmelita Perez, to purchase Spanish books for her dual language classroom; and Jennifer Walker, to purchase dictionaries for her classroom.
Frances Corprew Elementary: Assistant Principal Jay Silman, to purchase 9 guitars for students to learn the basics of guitar during Genius Hour; Gifted and Talented teacher Jamie King, to purchase 3 Lego Mindstorm Robotic sets to be able to participate at the Region 8 Area Competition; Amanda Phillips, to purchase games and activity supplies for math class; and Karen Crooks, to expand the existent rock climbing wall and to purchase additional mats.
Vivian Fowler Elementary: Maribel Castillo, to purchase books for her classroom library and Jana Dougherty, to purchase books for her classroom library.
P.E. Wallace Middle School: Abdiel Luzunaris, to purchase modified tennis courts, rackets and tennis balls to introduce the sport of tennis to the students; Janet Losey, to purchase MP3 players, tablets and Chromebooks to assist students with reading; Deyanira Torres, to purchase Breakout EDU kits and platforms to bring escape rooms into the reading classroom; Leslie Amerson, to purchase flexible seating and technology for research; Karen Sisk, to purchase flexible seating; Elda Hernandez, to purchase flexible seating and technology for research; Jamie Carr, to purchase books for her classroom library; Magdalena Martinez, to purchase an iPad and science supplies; Tonya Schultz, to purchase books and flexible seating; Dana Armstrong, to purchase flexible seating and books; Olga de la Torre Guzman, to purchase science lab materials; Sonia Sanchez, to purchase flexible seating; Tammy Davis, to purchase math games and manipulatives; Audrey Gillean, to purchase LCD writing tablets for students to practice math skills; Arely Nava, to purchase flexible seating and materials for dual language science; Kristina Powell, to purchase materials to enrich the hands-on learning experience; Nathan Rider, to purchase archery items to expand the archery program; Tara Flores, to purchase EV3’s Lego Mindstorm robotics kit; and Tommy Ray, to purchase giant chess set and mats.
Mt. Pleasant Junior High School: Tina Terrell, to purchase iPads; Lynn Lowell, to purchase a PC; and Jack Jones, to purchase EV3’s Lego Mindstorm robotics kit.
Mt. Pleasant High School: Jessie McDowell, to purchase a Graphics tablet, microphone kit and other materials to be used for computer animation; Robert Taylor, to purchase a new projector for the classroom.
Titus County Shared Services Arrangement (TCSSA): Emily Barnett, SLP to purchase 6 wearable communication devices to be utilized by non-verbal students to assist with communication.