Teacher Classroom Project Grants

The Teacher Classroom Project Grant is a unique teacher/classroom program that awards funds of $500 to $1,500 to teachers for creative and innovative projects for classroom use that directly impacts the quality of education for students.

2012-13 Classroom Grant Awardees


Deb Langley, Lynne Allegri, Jenn Thiede, Eleanor Jones, 2nd Grade, Westlake Elementary School
“Math Club Manipulatives”
     This project funds "materials for 2nd grade Math Clubs. There are 120 students in these Math Clubs. These materials will help students have a deeper understanding of math, making math lessons more hands-on and engaging." - Langley, et al

Lee Hoover, Carlo Albano, 5th Grade, Live Oak Elementary
“Electronic Dictionaries to Improve Editing Skills & Motivation”
     This project funds purchase of electronic dictionaries (with built-in Thesaurus) to encourage students to look up words, improve reading comprehension, confidence, and independence.


Jody Bruce, Kindergarten, Boulder Creek Elementary School
“E.L.M.O. In Kindergarten: Engage Learn Motivate Orchestrate in Kindergarten”
     This project funds partial purchase of a document camera "for permanent use in the kindergarten program at BCE." The "remaining funds will be secured from "parent and private donations. The incorporation of an ELMO document camera into the daily curriculum of kindergarten will engage student attention in all subject areas and support the development of students' computer skills and exposure to a variety of digitail tools in alignment with the Common Core State Standards in Language Arts and Mathematics."  - Jody Bruce

Annette Kamoss & Heather Cline-Scott, 3rd Grade, Green Acres Elementary School
“Hands on Standards Based Science Experiments”
     This project funds "supplies for science experiments that provide hands on experience of the concepts taught. These science experiments, conducted with a small group of students, have proven invaluable in building robust vocabulary, deepening understanding, and developing a sound understanding of the scientific method." - Kamoss & Cline-Scott

Kristin Saylor & Lisa Benavidez, 3rd Grade, San Lorenzo Valley Elementary School
"Exploring the Solar System with Hands-on Science"
     "We are a collaborative team of five third grade teachers at SLVE. Students are always enthusiastic and motivated to learn about the solar system and we hope to match their enthusiasm with hands-on science materials... to understand the abstract nature of our solar system with creative, inquiry-based activities." - Saylor & Benavidez

Colleen Riggen, S. Thorington, C. Crocker, L. Britton, L. McCarthy, J. Woods, K-5th Grade, Mar Vista Elementary School
“Rhythm rocks the brain and body!"
     This project funds "a set of Multicultural Rhythm Instruments to teach California Music standards." - Riggen, et al

Isai Baltezar, Roni De La Pena, 3rd & 4th Grade, Starlight Elementary School
“21st Century Technology Literacy"
     This project funds acquisition of iPad apps and supplies to "create interactive digital literature studen groups that will particpate with other classrooms outside of our school site using: Skype, Google Earth and virtual field trips, Toontastic App., Subtext., and digital books." -Baltezar, et al

Liz Vallance & Sarah Riccabona, 3rd Grade, Westlake Elementary School
“Enriching Education”
     This project funds "materials for the following enrichment projects: 1) Creation of an Ohlone Village 2) plaster masks and 3) four clay projects which enrich our social studies and science curriculums. ... projects which maintain high student interest and multisensory learning." - Vallance & Riccabona

Susie Phanton, Transitional Kindergarten, Life Oak School
“Kitchen Realia - A Tool for Talking”
     "This kitchen center will serve to provide support in English language development, both in terms f developing vocabulary as well as sentence structure, and increase knowledge and understanding of foods and nutrition."- Susie Phanton

Jennifer Manier, Maria Fajardo, Elizabeth Dunn, K-5th Grade, T.S. Mac Quiddy Elementary School
“Mac Quiddy Reading Intervention - Leveled Text and Intervention Curriculum”
     This project funds addition of more books to the "RIGBY library of leveled text that is shared by the K through 5th grade teachers, as well as the Migrant Education and Newcomer Teachers," as well as the teaching kit for "Visualizing and Verbalizing, a program to develop concept imagery as a basis for comprehension and higher order thinking." - Manier, et al

Lauren Hofmayer, Kim Ponza, Marj Young, 3rd Grade, San Lorenzo Valley Elementary School
“Book Club Books and Low-Level High-Interest Books for Young Readers"
     This projects funds "all students access to similar, high quality texts... so that students can read in "book clubs" and discuss them as they work through the reading levels." - Hofmayer, et al


Patricia Milhous, 3rd Grade, Boulder Creek Elementary School
“Documenting Science in the Classroom"
     "Using a document camera in the science classroom to greatly enhance science instruction and student understanding by creating an exciting common experience for third grade students. Students will be able to watch demonstrations closely on a large screen, follow the teacher's visual steps and measurements for science experiments and observe the growth of small creatures such as brine shrimp. In addition, by attaching a microscope lens to the document camera, the teacher can assist students in focusing their own pocket microscopes." - Patricia Milhous

Alyson Diebert, Kai Cole, and Beau Blanton, 3rd Grade, Westlake Elementary School
“STEP Program - Salmon and Trout Education Program"
     "The Salmon and Trout Education Program (STEP) has been developed to provide students the opportunity to learn "hands on" about salmon and steel head trout and the habitats in which they live. The program uses a thematic approach offering teachers the tools to integrate math, science, and language arts in learning about life cycles, habitat and the watersheds in which salmon and trout live. Stewardship over local fisheries and watersheds ins an ultimate goal of the program. The Westlake PTA has generously agreed to pay the registration fee for three teachers to attend the STEP training. This grant is asking for money to purchase a chiller and aquarium setup for each of the three teachers to incubate steelhead eggs in their classrooms. As a result, all of our third grade students (5 classrooms in all) at Westlake would have the opportunity to raise steelhead, participate in the intensive and meaningful curriculum, as well as experience the wisdom of protecting our natural environment." - Diebert, et al

Arin Hunt, Ashley Rupp, Kathy Doll, 2nd & 4th Grade, Del Mar Elementary
“Critical Thinking &  Reasoning Skills - Language Arts & Mathetmatics"
     This projects funds purchase of sets of board games for classroom use. "Board games allow students an opportunity to apply academic and social skills in a fun and engaging context... to increase academic performance by reinforcing basic skills (counting, number sense, etc) as well as helping students feel more capable of solving complex problems and working together to answer complex questions." - Hunt et al

Freja Rasmussen & MaryAnn French, 1st-6th Grades, Valencia Elementary School
“Multi-sensory Reading Intervention Program for Struggling Readers"
     This project funds "Visualizing and Verbalization" - multi-sensory reading comprehension program and "Seeing Stars" - sight word, reading and spelling programs.

Kate Sommer, Gus Balla, Margaret McAuley, K-6th Grade, Bonny Doon Elementary
“Science Lab Library, Equipment and Resources"
     This project provides "funds for the lab to develop a library of science resources to be used to support instruction of the state standards, in addition to providing reference materials for participants in the Santa Cruz County Science Fair." - Sommer et al

Anthony Augimeri, Jessi Butler, Ben Centanni, 5th Grade, DeLaveaga Elementary
“iPODS and Audiobooks: Connecting struggling readers to literature" 
  "Our school was fortunate enough to have a grandparent donate 12 iPod nano devices. With these iPods, we have been giving struggling readders access to quality literature by setting them up to listen to professional audio recordings of children's classics that more proficient readers access independently. We have had great success this year getting these students to listen to, read, and enjoy the same literature as their peers. We want to expand this program by acquiring another 6 iPod nanos along with audiobooks and book sets to accompany them. We will use the devices and audiobooks so that identified struggling readers can participate in Santa Cruz County's "Big Read" celbration that will occur in February and March." - Augimeri et al.

“Improve Student Achievement in Writing Through the Use of a Document Camera"
     This project provides for a document camera to improve efficiency of sharing student writing for instructional purposes. The project objectives are "to improve student achievement, address current issues facing  student writers, and to encourage student participation." - Briana Wiles

Kathryn Calderella, Stacy Whittemore, Tracy Kumaishi, 6th Grade, Shoreline Middle School.
“Getting on Board with the Accelerated Reading Program"
     This project provides materials for classroom libraries to provide "students with self-selected books at their reading level." In participation with the "school-wide reading program (Accelerated Reading)." - Calderella et al



Erin Hall, David Patino, Gregory Ganz, Gary Liu, Michael Tennant,
9th-12th Grade, Academic Vocational Charter Institute

“Simple and Sustainable Living Space Project"

     This project funded "badly needed materials and tools to construct a simple and sustainable space which we will retrofit with sustainable attributes like solar panels, water catchment gutters and holding tank, recycled glass student-made windows, skylights, cabinets and other attributes. This type of project will bring our students together to accomplish a common goal and help them to learn how to work as a team on many different levels and across classes and curricular areas. Students will learn construction skills, tool operation, material handling and application, engineering design skills, business skills, applied mathematics, proposal writing skills, EIT skills and most importantly they will learn to work through a green lens when applying these skills." Erin Hall et al

Briana Wiles, 9th-10th Grade, Soquel High School