Magnolia Education Foundation Announces Teacher Grant Awards

Grants are made possible by business and community members, one-time contributions and events. The Foundation hosts the Magnolia Education Foundation Golf Tournament scheduled for October 16, 2017 which is one of the primary source of funding for the grants.

Formed in 2001, MEF was founded to provide “tools for learning” and funds programs outside of the District budget to support excellence in education. MEF’s mission is to achieve academic excellence by developing financial resources though community involvement. For information about the foundation or how to get involved, visit email

The list of grant winners are as follows:
  • Connie Melton and Kelly Schanzer; Making Reading Visible in the Language Arts Classroom with "Boldprint" Readers, Magnolia 6th Campus
  • Tyler Behrens, Building a Better Bilingual Book Bank, Lyon Elementary
  • Deana Lemen and Anne Sellers; Engagement for Everyone, Bear Branch 6th Campus
  • Vanessa Berna and Val Engelke; STEM Lab: Coming to a Pre-K Near You, Nichols Sawmill Elementary
  • Mary Campbell, Enhancing Stations with Measurement and Geometry Think Tanks, Williams Elementary
  • LeAnne Williams and Sheri Forsythe; Modeling Stream Erosion and Deposition Kits, Smith Elementary
  • Patricia Sass, Outdoor Classroom and Community Garden, Bear Branch Jr. High
  • Debra Kurten, Marcia McConnell, and Jennifer Wyatt; Vo-cab-u-lis-tic-ex-pi-a-li-do-cious, Williams Elementary
  • Holly Campbell, Geometry Think Tanks, Ellisor Elementary
  • Krista Nelson, I Can Accompany Myself, Bear Branch Elementary
  • Kirsten Ramsey, Cyber Savvy CSI's, Magnolia West High School
  • Sandy Szako, Enhancing Stations with Measurement and Geometry Think Tanks, Nichols Sawmill Elementary