The McKinney Education Foundation Grant Committee surprised 36 teachers on Friday, Dec. 12 by distributing more than $70,000 for McKinney ISD classrooms.
The grant delivery teams walked into classrooms with big checks for the teacher's project. Their students walked away with MEF "money" showing their teacher won big bucks from MEF.
MEF Executive Director, Edie Heinicke, said "grant distribution is one of MEF's favorite days of the year. Our MISD teachers are incredible and we wish we could fund all of their ideas."
Each year teachers have the opportunity to complete the MEF grant application to bring an innovative program to their campus.
MISD Instructional Specialist Lisa Paine said, "Grants I have received provide 21st Century learning opportunities for elementary students in science and engineering." Paine is thankful to MEF for investing in preparing students for the future.
Minshew Elementary teacher, Tena Worthy, won her sixth MEF Grant on Friday. Worthy said, "By having these new tools available, it is my hope that more students with special needs will be able to learn social skills and apply them to everyday interactions that will enhance their overall quality of life as they get older."
Since MEF was founded in 1991, $770,695 in grants have directly impacted MISD classrooms and teachers.
MEF Grants are funded by community donations and payroll deduction contributions from MISD teachers. If you or your organization are interested in supporting the MEF Grants Program, contact Edie Heinicke, 469-302-6314.
The following McKinney ISD teachers won a Campus Classroom Grant from MEF:
Kaitlin Allen, McKinney High School
Bonnie Banks, McKinney High School
Laura Bates, Johnson Elementary
Holly Bianchetta, McGowen Elementary
Teresa Bilyeu, Cockrill Middle School
Cindi Bolton, Walker Elementary
Roshasta Brandon, Webb Elementary
Tracy Bulot, Caldwell Elementary
Melanie Burford, McGowen Elementary
Michelle Caballero, Johnson Elementary
Pete Dobbins, Caldwell Elementary
Nancy Evans, Vega Elementary
Julia Forsyth, McNeil Elementary
Shawn Franke, Eddins Elementary
Christy Hames Ferguson, Webb Elementary
David Hodum, McKinney Boyd High School
Amy Holderman, Bennett Elementary
Crystal Hume, McNeil Elementary
Chris James, McKinney North High School
Miguelina Krier, Slaughter Elementary
Sandra Lovell, Press Elementary
Vicki Mason, Dowell Middle School
Lana McFarland, McKinney North High School
Sarah Mullen, Lawson Early Childhood Center
Janet Nelson, Wolford Elementary
Lisa Paine, Glen Oaks Elementary
Peggy Perret, Eddins Elementary
Jessie Rohlmeier, Press Elementary
Rebecca Sanchez, DAEP/CRC/JJAEP
Shelly Spaulding, Cockrill Middle School
Angie Stallbaumer, MISD Alpha Program
Cathy Vance, Press Elementary
Kelly Warrington, Press Elementary
Jennifer Webster, Vega Elementary
Jessica Wilson, Cockrill Middle School
Tena Worthy, Minshew Elementary
About the McKinney Education Foundation
The McKinney Education Foundation (MEF) is a non-profit education foundation that serves four core functions: scholarships, college applications, teaching enrichment and alumni relations. It was founded in 1991 to centralize, simplify and enhance the process of raising money for and awarding scholarships to deserving graduates of the McKinney Independent School District (MISD). MEF employs professional college advisors in each high school who assist students in preparing for higher education admissions and identifying additional individual education funding. MEF also offers Classroom and Professional Development grants for MISD staff. Contribute to the Mission: “To provide the highest quality of education in McKinney, Texas, our mission is to inspire students and teachers towards excellence in education. We envision a future where a passion for learning unleashes the full potential of our community.” For more information, visit MmEeFf.com.