2019 Oklahoma Fund for Teachers Fellows

Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence
   
Professional Development Grants for Teachers

2018 Fellows Megan Bloom and Lisa Yahola sit behind a giant tortoise in the wild. The team visited the Galapagos Islands and Ecuador to study conservation.


2018 Fellow Wendi Lewis stands in front of the entrance to the Manzanar camp where Japanese Americans were held during WWII. Her fellowship took her across several states as she studied the events, military sites and internment camps pertaining to the experiences of Japanese Americans during that time in history.

2019 Oklahoma Fund for Teachers Fellows

We congratulate the following teachers who will embark on their self-designed learning odysseys in the summer of 2019:

Tiffany Bell
Hamilton ES, Tulsa Public Schools
Conduct a research expedition to the Galapagos Islands that compares conservation methods there with those exercised in Oklahoma to inform a student project tackling an environmental problem in the community.

Janet DeMarco
Cedar Ridge ES, Union Public Schools
Traverse the state of Oklahoma, collecting video, pictures, and artifacts at historic and cultural sites, to re-prioritize the intellectual art of social studies and help students understand and analyze the state's history and government.

Nathalie Lee
Cedar Ridge ES, Union Public Schools
Traverse the state of Oklahoma, collecting video, pictures, and artifacts at historic and cultural sites, to re-prioritize the intellectual art of social studies and help students understand and analyze the state's history and government.

Ryan McCord
Mark Twain ES, Tulsa Public Schools
Attend the National Differentiated Instruction Conference in Las Vegas to learn strategies for planning and maximizing teaching time to reduce achievement gaps and promote a positive behavior management environment.

Mary Yirsa
Mark Twain ES, Tulsa Public Schools
Attend the National Differentiated Instruction Conference in Las Vegas to learn strategies for planning and maximizing teaching time to reduce achievement gaps and promote a positive behavior management environment.

Adam Peterson
Jenks HS, Jenks Public Schools
Execute a 47-day journey of first-hand encounters with my Earth & Space Curriculum via National Parks and NASA Centers in the western United States to provide case studies that students access to answer the big question, “What is it about Earth that makes it such an ideal habitat for humans?”

Carey Crowder
Grove MS, Grove Public Schools
Attend the Mathematics Mindset workshop at Stanford University to learn strategies with research-based curriculum and instruction to reduce math failure and increase student success.

Lori Grant
Great Plains Technology Center - Lawton Campus, Great Plains Technology District 9
Learn baking skills and related scientific concepts from professional chef educators at Johnson and Wales Culinary Schools in Miami and Denver to prepare culinary arts students for production and service roles in the school snack bar and cafeteria.

Diane Clarke
Clegern ES, Edmond Public Schools
Develop at The Creativity Workshop in Prague innovation in nine different concentrations to deepen strategies to encourage gifted students' risk-taking skills so they can become creators and innovators.

Sean Beckett
Odyssey Leadership Academy, Private School
Study across four countries the lives, works and legacies of ten women who changed the world with their words to teach a course that elevates the female voice called “Women of Wisdom: 1100 BC to the Present."

Mary Trudgeon
Heritage Hall School, Independent/Private
Participate in the Wellness in Japan program which immerses teachers in traditional culture and Japanese approaches to mental/physical health and wellness to incorporate knowledge about Japanese practices in meditation and mindfulness into a curriculum aimed at reducing student anxiety and stress and improving overall student wellness.

Melodye Pipes
Lincoln ES, Norman Public Schools
Attend a gardening workshop in Durham, England; tour schools in Ireland, Scotland, and England incorporating horticultural therapy; and sensory gardens and barefoot parks in France and Germany to create a similar space for the school's students with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Anne Ortiz
Skyline ES, Stillwater
Develop at The Creativity Workshop in Prague innovation in nine different concentrations to deepen strategies to encourage gifted students' risk-taking skills so they can become creators and innovators.

Jessica Coyle
Jarman ES, Union Public Schools
Attend the Treatment and Education of Autistic and related Communication Handicapped Children (TEACCH) workshop in Chapel Hill, NC, to develop a foundation of structured teaching for varying functioning levels and teach life skills that empower students to be successful in social and school settings, as well as life upon graduation.

George Midgley
Wister ES, Wister Public Schools
Follow the Chisholm Trail, visiting landmarks, museums, and attending a cooking school, to increase knowledge of the cowboy lifestyle during  cattle drives and spark interest of American History and Culinary Arts students in the Early West.

Whitney Sanders
Limestone ES, Sand Springs Public Schools
Enroll in “The child first: Montessori, Reggio Emilia System, and contemporary approaches to preschool education” seminar in Florence, Italy, and afterwards observe play-based learning approaches employed by schools in Italy, Greece and Spain to implement best practices that help students become active participants in their learning.

William White
Grove ES ,Union Public Schools
Conduct a road trip exploring and analyzing the human toil on eight National Parks to demonstrate for students how these affects can be minimized through positive choices that reduce their impacts on the land, air, water, and other living things.

Sarah Kirk
Monroe ES, Norman Public Schools
Complete ChildLight Yoga and Mindfulness for Children Teacher Training in Dover, NH, to -- as the school counselor -- help young people develop body awareness, manage stress through breathing and access an alternative to tuning out through constant attachment to electronic devices.

Tina Vollmer
Jarman ES, Union Public Schools
Attend the Treatment and Education of Autistic and related Communication Handicapped Children (TEACCH) workshop in Chapel Hill, NC, to develop a foundation of structured teaching for varying functioning levels and teach life skills that empower students to be successful in social and school settings, as well as life upon graduation.

Paula Midgley
Wister ES, Wister Public School
Follow the Chisholm Trail, visiting landmarks, museums, and attending a cooking school, to increase knowledge of the cowboy lifestyle during  cattle drives and spark interest of American History and Culinary Arts students in the Early West.

Tina Berry
Memorial JHS, Tulsa Public Schools
Explore the life, art, and culture of Antigua, Guatemala, to connect students with economic realities, cultural identities, and educational expectations of a developing region and incorporate experiences into hands-on learning that culminates in a school-wide cultural festival.

Tinglan Lu
Emerson/Extended Educational Services, Oklahoma City Public Schools
Enroll in the International Human Cadaver Prosection Program at the Indiana University School of Medicine to enhance Anatomy & Physiology (A&P) classes with authentic case studies that are in-depth and relevant to students’ educational and career needs.

Shanna Eicher
Owasso 7th Grade Ctr, Owasso Public Schools
Investigate the effects of climate change on Eastern Australia's ocean and land ecosystems to develop an inquiry based unit that motivates students to take the lead in conservation efforts locally and globally.

Chelsea Archie
Owasso 7th Grade Ctr, Owasso Public Schools
Investigate the effects of climate change on Eastern Australia's ocean and land ecosystems to develop an inquiry based unit that motivates students to take the lead in conservation efforts locally and globally.

Mary Henson
Putnam City North HS, Putnam City
Participate in Hollywood's Sneak On the Lot workshop to gain hands-on experience working alongside the film industries premier professionals to strengthen the school's film department and equalize employment opportunities for students trapped in a cycle of poverty.

Summer Braeseke
Hamilton ES, Tulsa Public Schools
Conduct a research expedition to the Galapagos Islands that compares conservation methods there with those exercised in Oklahoma to inform a student project tackling an environmental problem in the community.

Kimberly Dammann
Jenks West ES, Jenks Public Schools
Participate in Steve Spangler's “Science in the Rockies” conference in Lakewood, CO, to strengthen skills as the school's STEM Facilitator and deliver engaging, hands-on learning for students in grades 2-4.