Editor’s note: The Lindbergh Foundation has been awarding grants to innovative teachers all year, but here’s a look back to the ones awarded in 2019.
The Lindbergh Schools Foundation continued its annual support of original, inventive teaching ideas Jan. 4, awarding several Lindbergh educators with 2018 Spirit of Lindbergh teacher grants. The foundation funded 32 grant applications this year.
The Spirit of Lindbergh Fund was created to support grants for Lindbergh Schools teachers who propose innovative and engaging classroom projects to elevate instruction and learning to the next level. Since 2008, the foundation has awarded 203 grants to Lindbergh teachers totaling more than $84,000.
The grants are funded by the iDrive program, Thank-a-Teacher program, online mini-auctions and direct donations from supporters. Teachers who win grants are surprised in their classrooms with a visit from the foundation’s very own prize parade.
Every dollar donated to the Spirit of Lindbergh Fund is invested in safe, high-yield accounts, and only the interest earned on these accounts is used to fund the teacher grants. For more information, visit www.lindberghfoundationstl.com.
2018 Spirit of Lindbergh Teacher Grant recipients:
Lindbergh High School
Allison Tripolitis and Danielle DuHadway – Decolonization Book Study
Shawna Ward and Anna Whitehead – The World in 360
Maggie Zehner – White Boards for the Four C’s
Sperreng Middle School
Katlyn Heuvelman – Ozobot Coordinate Plane Challenge
Stephanie McKinney – Learning at an Angle
Patricia Miller – Welcome to the Sperreng Flyers’ Book Nook Cafe
Ashley Osborne – Game On! Teaching Cells with Cytosis: A Cell Biology Board Game
Jessica Parker – Infant CPR/First Aid for Teens
Eric Robb – Para-Cord-Pets
Julie Roy, Shelli Manley, Kristen Macke – Design Thinking Process Prototype Kits
Truman Middle School
Jessica Austermann – Breakout Boxes
Kristi Ponder – Communi-tree
Allycia Uhrhan – Sustainability in Action: Decreasing School Waste with Worm Bed Composting
Concord Elementary School
Anne Gastreich – Revolutionizing our Learning
Jean Madrid – Leaping Towards a Love of Learning
Mindy Siefert – Fly Into the Future Like Marty McFly!
MariKate Schrick – Micro:Bit, Major Impact
Crestwood Elementary School
Michael Guehring – Racking up Number Sense
Patti Haberberger – Decodable Books for Struggling Readers
Cindy Kapodistrias – Just Picture It – Authors in the Spotlight!
Danielle Klos – Calming Corner
Meredith Labadie – Engaging Families and Building Community through Multicultural Book Bags
Danielle Thrall, Ann Kleitsch, Joy Long – Serenity in the Sensory Room
Dressel Elementary School
Katie Cunniff and Laura Howard – Teaching the Hardest-To-Reach Readers
Samantha Gatzemeyer – Everyone Wins with Stem Bins!
Kennerly Elementary School
Rhonna Allen – Just in Case…
Caroline Howe – Increasing Comprehension and Building Empathy Through Book Clubs
Long Elementary School
Jessica Slade – Transforming Physical Space for 21st Century Learners
Sappington Elementary School
Katrina Castelli and Amy Ahmed – A Fantastic Journey
Meghan Haines and Molly Evans – Reaching all Readers
Nicole Gordon – Catch Me If You Cam – Taking Students from Citizens to Scientists
Michael Kuhn – The Design/Engineering Process – 3D Printing and Iterations