2014-05-08 / Youth

Teachers awarded almost $114,000 in grants

Taryn Walker

The Port Aransas Education Foundation awarded 74 grants to Port Aransas ISD teachers and staff, totaling at $113,995.

PAISD students, , employees, parents and supporters gathered at the Brundrett Middle School gym for an assembly on Wednesday, April 30, to partake in the eighth annual PAEF awards ceremony.

Those who were awarded grants were asked to dance, sing, shoot hoops and even get “pied” in the face. Students were included in the fun and were asked trivia questions by PAEF members in order to receive gift cards.

All of the grants that were submitted this year were approved, PAEF president Wendy Moore said. The foundation surpassed last year’s grant distributions by more than $1,000.

Four teachers were recognized in a category known as the “Fabulous Five” on a piece of butcher paper held by PAEF members during the assembly. The foundation chose their top five favorite grants and the teachers who applied for them were recognized.

The top five included grants submitted by Port Aransas High School information technology and speech teacher Thom Driver, PAHS principal Sharon McKinney, instructional aide Sharon Dignum and two grants from PAHS science teacher Ryan Piewitz.

H. G. Olsen Elementary was awarded $ 82,001.69; BMS, $ 8,440.41; PAHS, $53,791.56 and employees in the administration office earned $2,845 in grants.

Grants awarded are as follows.


Laurie Barello, Classroom Chemicals and Supplies for $2,750 and UIL Upgrade Campus for $2,643.00

Pete Barello, Coin Quest for $300, Video Editing Computer Upgrade for $1,374.99, E Text Books for $1,790, Dual Credit Computer Upgrade for $1,599.96, Television Improvement for $1,057.99, Dave Ramsey Personal Finance for $1,403.61, AP Human Geography Summer Seminar for $1,164, USS Lexington Field Trip for $817.75

Victor Dimond, Tennis Coach Convention for $398

Thom Driver, Quadcopter with GoPro 3 Camera for $1,419.00, TCEA for $1,109

Tiara Followell, NCTE Convention for $1,500, Classroom Enrichment for $4,380

Debbie Hood, iPadpalooza for $540.91

Ginger Jones, TABC Clinic for $1,527

Melanie Mayer, Texas ASCD Annual Conference for $1,500, TCTELA Annual Convention for $1,500

Sharon McKinney, TASSP Summer Workshop for $1,500, iPadpalooza for $540.91, Jump Start Dual Credit Tuition Assistance for $1,800

Pillack, HEAT Conference for $1,016

Ryan Piwetz, Just Build It! Hands-on Supplies for $750, Scale to Success Drafting Tools for $821.80, Visualizing the Future STEM Computer Graphics for $4,951.98, iPadpalooza for $540.91

Steve Reaves, Cross Country Coaches Clinic for $658, iPadpalooza for $540.91

Danny Reyes, Theatre Association Convention for $869, Portable Lighting & Intercom Package for $2,841

Jackie Villarreal, All Hands On Anatomy Biology Models for $2,675.38

Pam Voyles, iLead Academy for $362.91, Sewing Class for $700, iPadpalooza for $540.91

Voyles, Meghan Zigmond, TCEA for $1,431


Danna Alcorn, iPadpalooza for $540.91, CAMT (State Math Conference) for $1,336.05, iXL Math Program for $950

Marylin Cook, Engagement for all Learners for $1,345

James Garrett, Texas HS Baseball Conference for $300

Joe Kocurek, CAMT (State Math Conference) for $1,336.05

Michelle Parker, The Writing Academy for $1,315.40

Melissa Ramsden, National Association of School Nurses for $1,317


Clare Adams, iPadPalooza for $502.91

Gretchen Baughman, Math Training for $743.53

Cindy Blackstone, TWA Writing Camps- Expository for $4,850, TWA Writing Camps- Narrative for $4,850

Katy Brennan, CAMT (State Math Conference) for $1,336.05

Rhonda Burger, iPad Classroom Share for $3,909.90, iPadPalooza for $502.91

Heather Collins, Dyslexia Certificate Trainings for $1,500, iPads for $3,909.90

Cook, Author Visit for $1,298

Gay deMontel, Fifth Grade Symphony for $1,800

Sharon Digmum, U.S. History the Story of Us for $810

Merry Fore-Canion, iPadPalooza for $502.91, Reading Intervention LLI System for $4,300.60

Cindy Moats, iPadPalooza for $502.91

Janis Moore, CAMT (State Math Conference) for $1,445, Versa Tiles for $513.70, iPadPalooza for $502.91, iPad Classroom Share for $3,885

Rebecca Peterson, iPad- Palooza for $502.91

Amanda Tipps, CAMT (State Math Conference) for $1,445, Fifth Grade iPads for $3,909.90

Voyles, OES Summer Renovation of Library for $4,425

Zigmond, Micropone Headsets for OES for $336.28, Portable iPad Keyboards for $1,260, iPad- Palooza for $502.91

Zigmond, Peterson, Innovative & Learning with iPads for $2,524.69


Carol Sue Hipp, Quick- Books Pro for PAEF Grant Recordkeeping for $189, Triple Monitor Stand & 24” Monitors for $1,115

Sherry Henderson, 24” Monitor for $322

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