2015 Oklahoma Fund for Teachers Fellows

Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence
   
Professional Development Grants for Teachers

2015 Oklahoma Fund for Teachers Fellows

*indicates a team grant

ALVA PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Alesa Murrow, Washington ES
Participate in the Creative Workshop and a children's yoga course in Florence, Italy, to reinforce students' literacy skills, improve their physical fitness and implement a unit creating storytelling yoga books in PE classes.

ANDERSON PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Karen Taylor, Anderson Public School
Explore Washington DC with Flat Stanley to give students a better understanding of the importance of our nation's Capitol through a personal account of a fictitious character in a real setting.

BROKEN ARROW
Kellie Miller, Lynn Wood ES
Discover from park rangers, historians, curators and experts in Boston and Philadelphia the lesser-known stories surrounding the American Revolution to extend history beyond textbooks to make it fascinating for fifth graders.

Donna Gradel, Broken Arrow HS
Deliver a student-designed/produced sustainable fish food formula and harvesting system to an aquaponics center in Kenya in preparation for a 2016 trip of Environmental Science students to build a facility that will house all aspects of a sustainable food source for an orphanage.*

Julie Valsaint, Creekwood ES
Bridget Hailey, Creekwood ES
Explore two active volcanoes, seven ecological zones, rock formations and landscapes that serve as natural habitats for a variety of endangered species on the Big Island of Hawaii to gain field experience with geological concepts and model effective inquiry-based practices in the classroom.*

CAREER TECHNOLOGY CENTERS
Sheila McMurry, Meridian Technology Center
Attend the Independent Student Media Summer Film Workshop in Burbank, CA, to create a video production curriculum that prepares students for careers in multimedia fields.

Jessica Hendrick, Tulsa Technology Center-Broken Arrow
Investigate Germany's successful dual-training vocational system in Munich, Germany to inform school-wide strategies for advancing career and technical education services.

CLAREMORE PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Jennifer Lewis, Catalayah ES
Participate in the International Reading Association's annual literacy conference in St. Louis to continue learning how to transform lives through literary engagement.*

Ranetta Eidson, Catalayah ES
Michelle Rahn, Westside ES
Participate in "Science in the Rockies" teacher training in Denver to learn creative teaching strategies with hands-on, inquiry based science investigations that promote problem solving and critical thinking skills.*

CUSHING PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Betty Bowen, Cushing MS
Observe how artist-educators in Denmark introduce ceramic art production to students, then research the history of the art form in Denmark, Sweden and Germany to develop a new middle school ceramic arts program.

EDMOND PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Beth Bryan, Sequoyah MS
Jamie Hill, Sequoyah MS
Explore emerging STEAM integration via a road trip to the most innovative and creative Makerspaces, Fablabs and the largest 3-D printing company in the United States, stopping to attend Podstock and Create Make and Learn conferences along the way, to balance content and technology in G/T, World Languages and coding classes.*

ENID PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Rita Hartwick, Enid HS
Investigate the Marshall Islands culture, education, family life and traditions to create a cultural guide for use by staff and administrators with with the fourth-largest population of Marshallese students in America.

JENKS PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Amy Schepers, Freshman Academy
Stacy Adame, Freshman Academy
Rachael Graddy, Freshman Academy
Explore ecology of Hawaiian biomes to document components of a healthy ecosystem and introduce students to the field of conservation biology.*

LOCUST GROVE PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Jess Stipes, Locust Grove HS
Enroll in an intensive language/cultural immersion program with the University of Lorraine in Nancy, France, to develop personal fluency and prepare students from a monocultural and conservative community for a more culturally-diverse world.

MCALESTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Penny Oss, McAlester HS
Research ballads, traditional folk music and lyrical ballads at libraries, universities, museums and storytelling/folk music venues across the United Kingdom to document the immense cultural influence these art forms have upon music and literature in America.

MOORE PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Teresa Potter, Fisher ES
Explore Ireland's art, music, history, geology and utilization of wind farms to support a school-wide focus on "STEAM" learning and create hands-on activities for students that stimulate their desire to investigate.

NEWCASTLE PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Blaire Harrison, Newcastle MS
Gather materials and information at key sites of the Holocaust and World War II in Eastern Europe to enhance a middle school Holocaust literature unit that exposes students to the horrors of war, inhumanity and racism.

NORMAN PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Dynah Pittard, Norman North HS
Linda Pulliam, Norman North HS
Amy Radtke, Norman North HS
Observe in Kona and Hilo schools the Hawaiian Chemistry and Culture program as the model for a similar program connecting chemistry with personal/cultural connections and considering comparisons between Native Americans and Native Hawaiian folklore and ecology.*

Diane Wood, Lincoln ES
Scheryl Wood, Jefferson ES
Participate in "Edible School Garden" training class in Scotland, then tour schools joining Jamie Oliver's Kitchen Garden Project across the United Kingdom, to learn strategies for utilizing a garden as the setting for cross-curricular lessons that inspire healthy nutrition.*

NOWATA PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Staci Negus, Nowata ES
Bridget Taylor, Nowata ES
Johnna Bridges, Nowata ES
Christi Horner, Nowata ES
Participate in the International Reading Association's annual literacy conference in St. Louis to continue learning how to transform lives through literary engagement.*

OKLAHOMA CITY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Rebecca Collins, Classen School of Advanced Studies
Study the history and culture of indigenous Pueblo peoples in the Rio Grande corridor to develop cross-curricular lessons for culturally-diverse art students.

OWASSO PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Liz Swearingen, Owasso 6th Grade Center
Attend the Teachers College Reading and Writing Summer Institute at Columbia University in New York City to equip a diverse population of students to become more engaged and proficient readers and writers.

STIGLER PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Rita Echelle, Stigler MS
Research historical sites in America's oldest cities to document how early colonization and colonizers changed the course of history and develop strategies to enhance fifth grade social studies curriculum.*

STILLWATER PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Susan Weaver, Highland Park ES
Attend the Cedarsong Forest Kindergarten Teacher Training Program in Vashon Island, WA, to develop an environment-based curriculum that inspires creativity and curiosity while reducing stress and encouraging optimal development.

STUART PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Regina Mabray, Stuart ES
Research historical sites in America's oldest cities to document how early colonization and colonizers changed the course of history and develop strategies to enhance fifth grade social studies curriculum.*

TULSA PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Cindy Gharibvand, Booker T Washington HS
Deliver a student-designed/produced sustainable fish food formula and harvesting system to an aquaponics center in Kenya in preparation for a 2016 trip of Environmental Science students to build a facility that will house all aspects of a sustainable food source for an orphanage.*

Meredith Deaton, Booker T. Washington HS
Kate Remington, Booker T. Washington HS
Compare/contrast genocides and their memorialization in the United States, Germany and Rwanda by gathering primary sources, visual arts and literature from each culture, to demonstrate how prejudice develops and escalates and encourage them to become strong voices of dissent.*

UNION PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Chelsea Myers, Union 6th & 7th Grade Center
Attend the Irish Association of Teachers of Special Education Annual Conference in Dublin, then The Autism Show in Birmingham, England, to learn evidence-based practices and success stories that will harness a better foundation for student success.

WEATHERFORD PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Cathy Shadid, Weatherford HS
Lori Shepherd, Weatherford HS
Elevate culinary skills to professional levels by participating in culinary classes and exploring food markets and businesses in Paris and the Loire Valley to enrich established Family and Consumer Sciences curriculum and prepare graduates for jobs in the food industry.*

WHITEBEAD PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Becky Messec, Whitebead School
Rhea Ann Williamson, Whitebead School
Explore America’s final frontier while learning methods of science inquiry aboard a Science at expedition to enrich current science curriculum with lessons on Alaska’s wildlife and grandeur.*