2015-04-23 / Island Focus

Funds for the future

PAEF grants $153,867.68 to teachers and educators
Staff photos by Joe Martinez


(Counterclockwise from top left) H.G. Olsen Elementary second grade student Hayden Waddell hands out blue and white pom-poms to first graders Matthew Tharpe, Easton Garrett, Rodrigo Camarena and Emma Crawford to help cheer on teachers who had grants approved by the Port Aransas Education Foundation on Wednesday, April 15, at the Doyle Marek Gym in Port Aransas High School. PAHS student Devin Pate tests the pressure of a balloon during a skit with PAHS science teacher Ryan Piwetz and OES student Easton Garrett bracing for cover. Teachers and the members of PAEF pose for a group shot in front the check made out to the Port Aransas ISD totalling $153,867.68. Brundrett Middle School Principal Chris Roche participates in a skit listening to television theme songs with BMS student Michael Mendoza. (Counterclockwise from top left) H.G. Olsen Elementary second grade student Hayden Waddell hands out blue and white pom-poms to first graders Matthew Tharpe, Easton Garrett, Rodrigo Camarena and Emma Crawford to help cheer on teachers who had grants approved by the Port Aransas Education Foundation on Wednesday, April 15, at the Doyle Marek Gym in Port Aransas High School. PAHS student Devin Pate tests the pressure of a balloon during a skit with PAHS science teacher Ryan Piwetz and OES student Easton Garrett bracing for cover. Teachers and the members of PAEF pose for a group shot in front the check made out to the Port Aransas ISD totalling $153,867.68. Brundrett Middle School Principal Chris Roche participates in a skit listening to television theme songs with BMS student Michael Mendoza. Students from H.G. Olsen Elementary, Brundrett Middle School and Port Aransas High School filled the Doyle Marek Gym to cheer on and celebrate their favorite teachers and administrators and their newly funded grants.

The Port Aransas Education Foundation funded $153,867.68 for new technology, lessons, field trips and more.

PAHS history teacher Pete Barello had the most grants approved with 11, totaling $15,408.29.

Other grants included:

Laurie Barello, $2,046 for AP calculus textbooks, $3,112 for computer science computers, $2,491 for dual credit college algebra textbooks, $2,819 for dual credit statistics textbooks and $1,000 for UIL study materials.

Pete Barello, $1,164 for AP human geography summer session, $3,478 for AP human geography textbooks, $400 for coin quest, $578.49 for Dave Ramsey personal finance, $3,200 for dual credit US History and economics textbooks, $840 for Learnerator, $289.97 for social studies resource upgrade, $2,799.99 for student research project and display, $613.80 for US history EOC study guides, $1,052.75 for USS Lexington field trip and $990.90 for visual history wall and map.

Gretchen Baughman and Merry Canion, $840 for math technology and differentiated.

Merry Canion, Carly Carlough, Katy Spofford, $1,506 for sandbox.

Merry Canion, Heather Collins, $737.50 for iStation reading intervention.

Carly Carlough, $4,626.42 for oral language through play.

Suzanne Casias, $228.98 for Port Aransas ISD spelling bee.

Jim Cole, $10,000 for timpani.

Marylin Cook, $1,015 for teaching reading and math.

Marylin Cook and Sharon Dignum, $1,635 for celebrating art and history.

Gay deMontel, $1,800 for symphony.

Sharon Dignum, $2,200 for Port A history club.

Nona Hendricks, $3,487 for iXL: Brain Training.

Lori Keitt, $2,595.82 for science in classroom webcam and $792.99 for classroom outreach.

Melanie Mayer, $3,410 for BOOKS!!

Gina McKeever, $910 for Let their voices be heard.

Michelle Parker, $4,668.58 for Word Power+ Reading Power=Academic Success.

Rebecca Peterson, $870 for tot and technology conference.

Penny Pillack, $650 for document camera and $175 for traveling trunk and professor from SFA.

Ryan Piwetz, $503.71 for AutoCad computer graphics training materials, $235 for Challenge!, $841 for classroom technology, $1,646.72 for engineering and AP supplies, $1,826 for Stressed! Engineering lab equipment, $2,245 for engineering reference library, $2,842.44 for The Make Revolution – maker supplies and $4,923.74 for The Maker Revolution – maker tools.

Melissa Ramsden, $5,000 for school nurse fund.

Danny Reyes, $732 for Texas Educational Theatre Association.

Chris Roche, $5,295 for sound system upgrade – new sound system.

John Speck, $9,950.91 for innovative graphic design lab, $ 4,874.38 for Making Impressions – The Power of Printmaking and $6,965.96 for technically enhanced and advanced art instruction.

Katy Spofford, $4,626.42 for oral language through play.

Amanda Tipps, $1,629 for iPad charging station.

Pamela Voyles, $4,600 for Designjet printer (for posters), $550.02 for file room MakerSpace, $700 for sewing class, $2,500 for BMS audio and library books and $5,000 for library MakerSpace.

Danny Welch, $1,197 for SOAR success lab curriculum.

Meagan Zigmond, $936.50 for TCEA state conference and $226.38 for green screen.

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