Tyler ISD Foundation Grant Patrol awards $30K in grants for campus programs

March 1, 2018


The Tyler ISD Foundation Grant Patrol visited nine campuses recently to award teachers with grant funds to use on special programs and events at their campuses. Tyler ISD Foundation board members were joined by district administrators, the John Tyler High School Drum Line, and the Robert E. Lee High School cheerleaders as they surprised teachers outside their classrooms.


“This is always such a fun time for our teachers,” Dawn Parnell, executive director of communications and public relations, said. “We are always so very appreciative to the Tyler ISD Foundation for providing these grants to our teachers that ultimately benefit our students. They have some really incredible ideas that would not be possible without the financial support of the Foundation.”


2018 Tyler ISD Foundation Grant Winners:


Boshears Center for Exceptional Programs

Shanda Warren, Melissa Dene, Melodie Washburn, Brenda Corley - “The Sunshine Spot” $4,282.15

The Sunshine Spot grant will provide a multi-sensory learning area outdoors. Community volunteers and Tyler ISD CTC students will assist in creating and equipping the outdoor learning area where students will be engaged in real world, hands-on activities. 


Brenda Corley, Teresa Sartors, Shanda Warren, Melissa Dene, Torian Hathaway - “Buzzing Around A-Z” $4,113.94

The Buzzin’ Around the Alphabet grant is a creative production in which students will participate in theatre by enacting scenes focused on letters of the alphabet. This production will be open to families and members of the community on June 21, 2018 at 1:15p.m. in the Boshears Cafeteria.


Caldwell Elementary Fine Arts Academy

Katy Lee, Laura Willis, Jolain LaMott, Bobby Markle - “Caldwell Goes Live” $4,855.89

Caldwell Goes Live will develop new digital arts programming that includes creating a live studio that students will use to create multimedia projects. In addition, Caldwell Goes Live will explore more media arts like broadcasting, podcast, music and audio mixing, and technical production.


Career and Technology Center

DeAnna Molloy, Bobby Richardson - “There’s No Place Like Home” $5,000

Students in architecture, welding and construction programs will build small mobile shelters to meet the demands of the rapidly growing homeless society. The design construction will be a simple, light weight and water tight insulated box on wheels, built to house the person’s material property and allow them a safe place to sleep at night. Students will collaborate with the Salvation Army to provide the shelters to people in need.


Clarkston Elementary School

Sarah Cureton, Maggie Legnion, Shabnam Khalatbari - “Limitless Learning in the Math Lab” $1,665.79

The math lab will be a common area where all of our students (K-5) can come to work on a personalized goal in math. This type of learning environment gives students the freedom to choose how they refine and develop their skills, while also giving the teacher the ability to target and challenge students to higher levels, while simultaneously targeting struggling learners. 


Griffin Elementary School:

Stephanie Denton, Tamela Struggs - “After School SEWcial Club” $1,200

The “After-School SEWcial Club” is a program that offers our 4th and 5th graders the opportunity to apply academic skills learned in the classroom in a real-life experience. Throughout the course, students will become familiar with a sewing machine by learning how it works and completing individual projects showcasing their skills and creativity. This grant allows students to use the skills of geometry, measurement, operations and creativity, all while obtaining an additional skill that can be utilized throughout their lives.


Jones Elementary School

Calla Owen, Andre Lampton, Sarah Platten, Julie Reese - “Drums Alive Drumtastic Program” $2,433.45

This program will allow students to exercise and practice music skills at the same time while drumming. Research shows many mental and physical health benefits of the program as well as improved focus and performance in the regular education classroom. Jones Community partner Carmax of Tyler sponsored our grant from the Tyler ISD Foundation.


Hogg Middle School

Helen Strotman, Alacia Reid, Mary Ann Post - “La Ovbra es la Cosa” $4,550

La Obra es La Cosa is a production of the dual language version of Disney’s Aladdin as the 2018-2019 Hogg Middle School Musical. This exciting story, told in English and Spanish, will give students a chance to experience the full process of putting together a full-blown musical from start to finish.


Moore MST Magnet School

Amy Jones - “STEM Maker Stations/Creation Labs $958

STEM Maker Stations/Creation Labs will provide my students with K`Nex Maker Stations, which will allow them to better experience the engineering process within the STEM classroom. The KNex Maker Stations will be implemented through most STEM units and used to support the efforts of the core math and science classes.


Robert E. Lee High School

James Espita - “Promoting Positive Behavior Through Social Skills” $1,000

The Promoting Positive Behavior grant will be used to incentivize positive behaviors through social skills that enhance student self-awareness and teach students to stop and think before acting in a negative way. 


Total Grand Funds Awarded: $30,059.22


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Tyler ISD Communications

Jennifer Hines

Executive Director of Communications and Public Relations

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Sandra Stanley Communications Coordinator

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Amy Pawlak 

Public Relations Coordinator

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Marla Boone

Communications/ Volunteer Assistant

Angela Duitch

Coordinator of TISD-TV & Digital Media

Jessica Poe

Digital Communications Specialist

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Digital Media and Video Specialist

John Landes

Coordinator of Government Relations

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District Mail Clerk

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