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July 12, 2018 - Westheimer Foundation Awards Grants to Carter County Teachers

by OFE | 2018-07-18 16:44:02

The Westheimer Family Foundation of Ardmore has recently awarded $35,000 in professional development grants for 18 Carter County public school teachers to attend national and international conferences in their chosen fields. 
            
The grants, made possible through a gift from the Westheimer Family Foundation, are administered by the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence, a statewide, nonprofit organization that recognizes and encourages academic excellence in Oklahoma’s public schools. The program is designed to enhance students’ learning by helping teachers attend top-quality conferences and institutes in their chosen fields. The grants help cover the costs of tuition, transportation, lodging and hiring a substitute teacher as needed. 
             
“We appreciate the Jerome Westheimer Family Foundation for its interest in supporting professional development for Carter County teachers. Through its generous funding over the past five years, more than 90 teachers throughout the county have been able to enrich and fine-tune their teaching skills, resulting in a far-reaching impact to hundreds of students,”  said Emily Stratton, executive director of the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence. “We proudly salute the many teachers who have embraced the opportunity to strengthen knowledge of their subject areas.”
           
2018 recipients received funding to attend their choice of educators’ conferences, including the Google Bootcamp, Get Your Teach On Conference, Ron Clark Academy, Steve Spangler’s Science in the Rockies, International Literacy Association Conference, Wesleyan Writer’s Conference, Love and Logic Retreat for Educators, and more.

Since 2003, the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence has awarded more than $1 million in professional development grants to benefit 691 Oklahoma teachers.  Program funding has been made possible by sponsorships from individuals, businesses and foundations statewide.
    
 For more information, contact the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence at (405) 236-0006 or visit the foundation’s website at www.ofe.org.
     
(EDITOR: Recipients of the Westheimer Family Foundation Grants for Teacher Professional Development are listed below by the cities in which they teach. If the teacher does not live in the city in which he or she teaches, the hometown is cross-referenced.)
 
ARDMORE – Regan Bean, who teaches seventh- and eighth-grade science at Ardmore Middle School, received a grant to attend Steve Spangler’s Science in the Rockies STEM Experience 2018 in Denver in July. She is a resident of Sulphur.
Chris Frederick is a resident of Ardmore and teaches art at Lone Grove High School. He received a grant to attend the 2018 NAEA (National Art Educators Association) National Convention in Seattle in March.
Christi Garner, a resident of Ardmore and a second-grade teacher at Lone Grove Primary School, received a grant to attend the Get Your Teach On National Conference in San Diego in June.         
Trudi McClendon, a behavior and math teacher at Ardmore Second Chance Academy, received a grant to participate in the Love and Logic Retreat for Educators in Breckenridge, Colo., in August. Trudi resides in Wilson.
Susan Perkins teaches fifth-grade English and language arts at Plainview Intermediate School. She received a grant to attend the Get Your Teach On conference in Washington, D.C., in March.
David Stephens, an Ardmore resident, teaches ninth-grade English at Lone Grove High School and received a grant to attend the Wesleyan Writer’s Conference in Middletown, Conn., in August.
           
 
HEALDTON –Lena Edwards, a Healdton resident and eighth-grade math teacher at Lone Grove Middle School, was awarded a grant to participate in a series of Google Bootcamps in Oklahoma and Arizona.
Kelli Kana, a fifth-grade teacher at Healdton Elementary School, received a grant to attend the 2018 Innovative Schools Summit in Las Vegas in February.
Elizabeth Friesen, a fourth-grade teacher, and Paige Meador, a second-grade teacher at Healdton Elementary School, received grants to attend the International Literacy Association Conference in Austin, Texas, in July. Friesen is a resident of Loco.
 
 
LONE GROVE –Rae Lyn Covey is a resident of Lone Grove and teaches sixth-grade at Wilson Elementary School in Wilson. She received a grant to attend the Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta in June.
Lena Edwards, who teaches eighth-grade math at Lone Grove Middle School, received a grant to participate in a series of Google Bootcamps in Oklahoma and Arizona. She is a resident of Healdton.
Chris Frederick teaches art at Lone Grove High School and received a grant to attend the 2018 National Art Educators Association National Convention in Seattle in March. He is a resident of Ardmore.
Christi Garner, a second-grade teacher at Lone Grove Primary School, received a grant to attend the Get Your Teach On National Conference in San Diego in June. She is a resident of Ardmore.
Crystal Jones, a third-grade teacher at Lone Grove Intermediate School, received a grant to attend the Get Your Teach On National Conference in San Diego in June.
Virginia Mitchell, a physical education teacher at Lone Grove Primary School received a grant to attend the SHAPE America National Convention & Expo in Nashville, Tenn., in March.
Josh Mitchell, a physical science teacher at Lone Grove High School and Colby Mitchell, a librarian at Lone Grove Primary School, were awarded grants to attend the Eighth