Longview ISD Foundation grants

Longview ISD Superintendent James Wilcox hosted a breakfast March 6 for the Longview ISD Foundation’s 2019 Great Rewards for Great Ideas recipients and the Campus Initiative Grant recipients. At the breakfast, the foundation awarded funding for this year’s grant cycle.

The Longview ISD Foundation recently awarded more than $65,000 to district educators through its 2019 Great Rewards for Great Ideas and the Campus Initiative Grants programs.

The foundation received nine Campus Initiative Grants, the most ever received, according to the district, requesting a total of $38,968.99.

The foundation partially funded all nine grants and requested that the applicants apply for additional funding in 2020.

Funding was awarded for a total of $26,395.64 to the following campuses:

  • Steve Hambrick, physical education teacher at Hudson PEP Elementary, and Sue Wilson, principal, $2,500 for a climbing wall
  • Rebecka Jenkins, Erica Smith, and Virginia Bell, Forest Park Middle School special education teachers, and Cynthia Wise, principal, $3,184.15 to buy five special desks and five Chromebooks
  • Michael Woodson and Jone’ Robinson Heflin, Foster Middle School special education teachers, and Ryan Carroll, principal, $3,693.99 to buy 12 Chromebooks and one Chromebook cart
  • Kristina Ford, Judson STEAM Academy special education teacher, and James Gibson, principal, $2,300 to buy materials for a sensory room for their students
  • Shameika Allen and Carla Williams, assistant principals at Longview High School, and James Brewer, principal, $3,000 for two units of furniture to turn the school library into a learning commons area
  • Kristi Maldonado, Longview High School special education teacher, and Sarah Sheppard, special education supervisor, $3,600 to buy 12 touch-screen Chromebooks
  • Cheri Lee, Longview Early Graduation High School student support specialist, and Kristi Means, principal, $3,517.50 to buy 15 Chromebooks
  • Nona Snoddy, Dade Center special education teacher, and Isiah Gates, principal, $2,600 to buy 12 sit and stand manual student desks
  • Brittany Johnson, instructor at the Playing for Keeps Early Childhood Center, and Leisha Fluellen, principal, $2,000 to buy educational toys for the district’s youngest learners

Great Rewards for Great Ideas Grant winners received funding ranging from $100 to $2,500 for classroom projects and programs.

This was the 24th year for the Great Rewards program, and 41 grant applications sought $74,896.28. The foundation funded 22 grants totaling $38,952.08.

  • Whitney Reardon, Johnston-McQueen Elementary, $1,844.90 for language-building theme boxes for deaf education, grades 1-5
  • Jayna Abraham, Angela Bogue, Zaira Chapa, Deonne Collins, Ericka Garcia, Stacy Gaskin, Kimberly Jones, Clarissa Montoya, and Naydia Santiago, East Texas Montessori Prep Academy, $2,161.81 for Leveled Reading Books for prekindergarten-kindergarten
  • Evelia Orona, Bramlette STEAM Academy and Ware East Texas Montessori Academy, $2,457.63 for Developing Mental Muscles for dyslexia, including bilingual education for grades 1-5
  • Cassondra Stephens and Terry Davis, East Texas Montessori Prep Academy, $2,437.60 for Books for Guided Reading, for prekindergarten-kindergarten
  • Holly Thomas, Judson STEAM Academy, $2,318.46 for Interesting Books for Struggling Readers for reading and English as a Second Language for grades 6-8
  • Chef Kevin Hill, Longview High, $862.80 for CANVAS: Not Just for Painters for culinary arts for grades 9-12
  • Brooke Bailey, Omar Baracaldo, Selena Boyce, Kacey Brisnehan, Nora Diaz, Jeannie Miller and Phyllis Wilks, East Texas Montessori Prep Academy, $1,495.32 for Extending the Classroom Outdoors, for science for prekindergarten-kindergarten
  • Cassondra Stephens, East Texas Montessori Prep Academy, $339.95 for big book easel and storage unit for prekindergarten-kindergarten
  • Kasie Koonce, Julie Turner and Sue Webster, Hudson PEP Elementary, $2,099.85 for The Wonderful World of Math for grade 1
  • Mary Grace Carlisle, Kim Coughlan, and Sherri Finn, Hudson PEP Elementary, $2,099.85 for The Wonderful World of Math, Part Deux, for grade 1
  • Kristi Grimes, Johnston-McQueen Elementary, $976.10 for Color My Movement for music for prekindergarten-grade 5
  • Blanca Alvarez, Terry Davis, Hellen De La Vera, Ana Maria Garcia, Andrew Gonzales, Charlotte Johnson, Martha Napier, Liza Salas and Cassondra Stephens, East Texas Montessori Prep Academy, $1,005.68 for Learning to Read, Reading to Learn! for science and social studies for prekindergarten-kindergarten
  • Cindy Cabrera and Shelby Skeen, J.L. Everhart Elementary, $1,407 for digital portfolios with Chromebooks for grades 1-5
  • Colleen Scott, Ned E. Williams Elementary, $1,573.04 for Calming Our Senses for preschool programs for children with disabilities
  • Deanna Kalmus and Katie Mason, Hudson PEP Elementary, $2,414.59 for They Will Escape, But They Will Want to Return! for math for grades 3-5, project to be shared with all district elementary schools
  • Esther Davis, J.L. Everhart Elementary, $739.98 for Strum the Strings for music for grades 1-5
  • Chelsea Allen, Ashton Beaver, Brittney Ford, Valerie Grissom, Cassie Hood, Lauren McCoy and Stephanie Scott, Johnston-McQueen Elementary School, $2,500 for The Sensory Path for special education, for prekindergarten-kindergarten
  • Connie Player, Hudson PEP Elementary, $2,100 for Interactive Mapping-Texas Style for social studies, grade 5
  • Lauren Barrera, Haley Sanford and Kim Storey, Hudson PEP Elementary, $2,500 for Take a Trip with Virtual Reality, for grade 3
  • Tom Leahy, Kimberly Pierson and Tricha Wilcos, Foster Middle, $1,107.22 for Piglets Body Systems Much Like Our Own for science for grade 7
  • Jeffrey Hull, Longview High, $2,165.27 for KICK IT! Pottery Wheel Project, for Ceramics I-IV for Pre-Advanced Placement and Advanced Placement art
  • Erica Smith, Forest Park Middle, $2,345 for Implementing Universal Design for Learning, Life Skills for grades 6-8

Through the Great Rewards for Great Ideas Grant Program, the Campus Initiative Grant Program and the first John W. Harrison Jr. Academic Field Trip Grant, the Longview ISD Foundation has returned $868,831.74 to Longview ISD educators to help with instruction.