The Education Foundation awards grants of up to $1,000 each year to teachers in our public schools who need resources to bring an idea to fruition for the benefit of increasing student achievement. Great Idea Grants are open to all CMCSS teachers and CMCSS school administrators.

This year, 25 educators out of 65 applicants were awarded up to $1,000 each to implement their ideas, which will impact approximately 10,500 CMCSS students both directly and indirectly. Awards received were based on a competitive rubric and its potential impact in the school or in in the classroom and student learning. Foundation Board members Tommy Bates, Maria Jimenez and Lori Smith recognized the Great Idea Grant recipients at a reception held at CMCSS Central Office on January 9.

Grant recipients for 2016:

Elementary School

Barkers Mill Elementary 

Math Manipulative for Eureka Math Curriculum Tammy Seeber
Connecting Literacy to Mathematics in Primary Grades Nikki Lavigne
Tablet Teaching Sharon Williams
 Glenellen Elementary

STEM club engineering, technology, and coding


Tonilynn Mosley and Eileen Huppert

Liberty Elementary 

STEM Teacher Guides and Books


Brandi Goodwin

Moore Magnet Elementary 

Third Graders “Dig In”


Patti Sinclair and Laura Baxter

Norman Smith Elementary

Fluency Stations


Amanda Tarver
Family Engagement Summer Reading Workshop Rachel Wainwright and Kellie Nedell
Pisgah Elementary

Digital Illustration in the Elementary Classroom



Travis Stanley

Rossview Elementary 

iPads for Learning


Sara Denson
iPads for Learning Teresa Hayhurst
iPads for Learning Tangelia Qualkinbush

Middle School

Montgomery Central Middle

High Interest/Low Readability Self-Contained Library Najia Stallworth
Students IN-SYNC with Learning Chassie Combs and James Combs
New Providence Middle



Rachel Grubb

Northeast MiddleRobotics Program  

Whitney Joyner and Todd Taylor

Richview Middle

Increasing Student Focus and Reading


Amanda Economos and Wendy Rudolph

Helping Students Focus Angelica Encinas and Terry Dublin
Rossview Middle

Creative Dramatics Grants for Middle School



Chris Yim

High School

Clarksville High School

Maker Challenge


Beth Frerking and Sandy Ing
Kenwood High

Meaningful and Effective Resources for RTI


Jamie Wright

Northeast High School

CITA Augmented and Virtual Reality App


Stefi Outlaw and Bridget Cloud

Northwest High

 Project Focused Fidgeting


Penelope Liotta

West Creek High

Problem Solving Toolbox for ISS Students


Gary D. Satterfield

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