Innovative Teaching Grants

The Salado Education Foundation recognizes the need for creativity and technical expertise in our fastpaced global society. Our vision is for innovation in education through the integration of 21st century skills into the teaching and learning process. The Innovative Teaching Grants are given in hope to contribute to a common course of action in addressing rising academic and student expectations, while considering the future demands needed in a more globally competitive workplace.

This is a competitive grant for Salado LS.D. staff and administrators. Grant selection will be based upon innovation, creativity, collaborative efforts, and instructional or professional development. Grants are awarded in April each year.

Innovative Grant Recipients:
  • J.J. Jonas, Tiffany Walthrop & Tim Cook - SHS
    2019 - $2,999.00 - Computer Application
  • Catherine Parker - SHS
    2019 - $2,710.00 - Robotics FRC (for materials & components)
  • Kaleigh Black - SHS
    2019 - $2,649.00 - Salado FFA Greenhouse
  • J.J. Jonas - SHS
    2019 - $1,135.00 - Theatrical and Creative Design
  • Ivy Desjardin - TAE 2
    2019 - $1,051.00 - Fit 2 Learn Equipment
  • Clint Brown - SHS
    2018 - $4,000.00 - Mac Book Pros
  • Katy Leiskau - SHS
    2018 - $3,400.00 - Electrophoresis
  • Melissa Wilson - SIS
    2018 - $1,600.00 - Amazon Fire Tablets
  • Jodee Preston - SIS
    2018 - $1,000.00 - P.E. Equipment
  • Karen Ewton - SIS
    2017 - $5,000.00 - Google Me This
  • Catherine Parker - SHS
    2017 - $2,500.00 - Robotic Competition with First (FRC)
  • Amanda White - SIS, SJH & SHS
    2017 - $1,500.00 - The Collision of Two Worlds of Music
  • Niki Howton - TAE
    2017 - $1,000.00 - Coding For Kids
  • Kristen Finch - TAE
    2016 - $2,500.00 - Gross Motor Development Lab
  • Courtnie Bagley - SHS
    2016 - $2,500.00 - Laptop Initiative for High School AP Social Studies
  • Melissa Wilson - SIS
    2016 - $1,000.00 - Mobile Interactive White Board Being Paid for with Brookshire Brother򢀙s Grant
  • Marcy Fleming - SHS
    2015 - $5,000.00 - Medical Technology Improvements
  • Barry Kemper & Larry Moore - SJH
    2015 - $2,000.00 - Interactive Smart Board for the Social Studies Department
  • Stacy Sproul - SIS
    2015 - $2,000.00 - Interactive SmartBoard for Math Instruction
  • J.J. Jonas - SHS
    2015 - $1,500.00 - Lighting & Sound Equipment for the Jr. High Theatre
  • Bobbette Bell - SHS
    2015 - $1,000.00 - Yearbook
  • Patti Turk - SHS
    2015 - $1,000.00 - Robotics
  • Tim Cook - SHS
    2014 - $8,000.00 - Macintosh Video Editing Equipment
  • Jill Brashier - TAE
    2013 - $1,788.17 - Language & Academic Success for At Risk 1st Graders
  • Joy Hill; Lacey Cruddas - SIS
    2013 - $1,762.00 - iPads for Enrichment Rally
  • Kory Craddick - SJH
    2013 - $1,584.00 - Wireless connect iPads to Projectors
  • Michelle Weaver - SIS
    2013 - $1,490.00 - Collaborative Art - Grades 3-8
  • Kalin Wells - SHS
    2012 - $3,485.00 - PASCO Software for Physics
  • Charla Kelley - SIS
    2012 - $2,400.00 - Smart Music 6th Grade
  • Kary Kraddick - SJH
    2012 - $1,600.00 - iPads & Wireless Hub
  • Robert Franks - SHS
    2012 - $1,400.00 - Whiteboard for Biology
  • Lauren Glover - SIS/SJH
    2012 - $1,229.00 - iPAD & Wireless Hub
  • Julie Norden - TAE/SIS
    2012 - $498.33 - 26 E-Books for Library
  • Tim Cook - SHS
    2011 - $2,000.00 - Radio, TV, and Film Video Editing
  • Anna Kate Stanley - SIS
    2011 - $1,500.00 - iPads for Guided Reading
  • Robert Franks; Ed Domangue - SHS
    2011 - $1,250.00 - First Robotics Equipment
  • Darlene Lummus - SHS
    2011 - $250.00 - Skype with Authors
  • J. J. Jonas - SHS
    2010 - $1,900.00 - Tech Theatre; Multi Media
  • Julie Norden - SIS
    2010 - $1,439.71 - Pathways Library
  • Lisa Wagnon - TAE
    2010 - $1,255.00 - Dyslexia & Blind Program
  • Charla Kelley; Vickie Gerhart - SIS
    2010 - $1,132.52 - Technology for Science
  • Travis Duke; Lochie Darling - SHS
    2009 - $3,750.00 - Computerized Records in Agriculture
  • Patricia Rehm - SHS
    2009 - $3,353.00 - Sp. Ed/Letters R Us Print Shop
  • Grand Central Station - ALL
    2008 - $4,188.00 - Kurzweil
  • Robert Franks - SHS
    2008 - $2,450.00 - Smart Board
  • Larry Belicek - SHS
    2008 - $1,422.00 - Visualizer
  • Anna Kate Stanley; Kendra Hearne - SHS, SIS
    2008 - $1,200.00 - ESL Books
  • 3rd Grade - TAE
    2008 - $1,130.00 - Elmo
  • Jennifer Berumen - SHS
    2008 - $500.00 - Field Trips for Srs.
  • Rocky Boaz - SHS
    2008 - $300.00 - Business Prof. of America
  • Carey Quick - TAE
    2008 - $272.25 - Science Dictionaries
  • Larry Belicek - SHS
    2007 - $2,259.00 - Show It to Me Elmo
  • Carlinda Rex - TAE
    2007 - $1,130.00 - M-Class Software
  • Carey Quick - TAE
    2007 - $1,000.00 - Reading & Science 4th Grade Project
  • Darlene Lummus - SHS
    2007 - $500.00 - Project Level Playing Field
  • Scott Herald; Christian Briehn - SHS
    2006 - $1,150.00 - Video Experiments
  • Elaine Renaudl; Larry Bilicek - SHS
    2006 - $1,016.00 - Math in Motion
  • Cassie Lee - SHS
    2006 - $800.00 - Potter's Wheel
  • Dennis Cabaniss - SHS
    2006 - $200.00 - History of Math
  • Cassie Lee - SHS
    2005 - $1,000.00 - Print Making
  • Christy Sharum - SIS
    2005 - $800.00 - Special Education Fine Arts
  • Scott Herald - SHS
    2005 - $750.00 - Physics Mentoring
  • Darlene Lummus; Scott Copeland - SHS
    2005 - $500.00 - Holocaust
  • Barbara Harper - SHS
    2004 - $1,350.00 - Spanish Dyslexia
  • Dennis Cabiniss - SHS
    2004 - $899.00 - Geometer's Scetchpad
  • Terri Seaton; Carlinda Rex - TAE
    2004 - $600.00 - Imagination Station
  • Jayne Cecil; Jennifer Berumen - TAE
    2004 - $600.00 - Leap Frog ESL
  • Jill Baumgart - SHS
    2004 - $400.00 - Small Business Restaurant
  • Linda Brochardt - SHS
    2004 - $150.00 - College Preparation
  • Christi Sharum - SIS
    2003 - $1,000.00 - Special Education
  • First Grade Teachers - TAE
    2003 - $1,000.00 - First Grade Project
  • Susan Shobe - TAE
    2003 - $580.00 - Guest Author
Taylor Willingham
Mini-Grants

$250 Mini-Grants for Salado ISD Classroom Teachers

Since 2003, $121,256.98 has been awarded in the Innovative Teaching Grant program.

Taylor Willingham Mini-Grants

Thanks to the generous gifts of so many of Taylor's friends and family to the Salado Education Foundation, over $3000 in mini grants were awarded to classrooms in the Salado Schools in the 2012 spring semester. Taylor's Mom and Dad presented four Ipads to three students and their instructor in an occupational class for special students ages, 14 to 21, to enhance their job skills for self sufficiency. Other grants were awarded to eight classrooms, benefiting hundreds of students for years to come. Since 2011, $ has been awarded in the mini grant program.

Mini-Grant Application

Mini-Grant Recipients:
  • Sherry Ayers - 2019 - $250.00 - 18+ Program
  • Lourdes Hilfman - 2019 - $250.00 - Headphones for the Computer Lab
  • Kristen Finch - 2019 - $250.00 - Pre-K Book Bags
  • Kaleigh Black - 2019 - $250.00 - SHS Raised Beds-Vegetable Garden
  • anissa Dobbins - 2019 - $250.00 - Lock Box-Escape the Classroom
  • Tami Medler & Candi Murray - 2019 - $237.00 - Full "Stem" Ahead
  • Meredith Bonner - 2019 - $250.00 - Leveled Literacy Intervention Take Home Books
  • Stacy Dodge - 2018 - $250.00 - Self-Paced Learning
  • Melanie Lane - 2018 - $50.00 - A Classroom Library
  • Jessica Plunk - 2018 - $250.00 - Science Classroom Supplies
  • Shannon Heinzen - 2018 - $200.00 - Wilson Reading Program - Student Readers
  • Taylor Muzny - 2018 - $250.00 - Classroom Supplies
  • Matthew Figlesthaler - 2018 - $250.00 - Classroom Supplies
  • Jaclyn Ralston - 2018 - $ - Classroom Supplies
  • D'Lynn Brown - 2018 - $250.00 - Hot Dots!!
  • Jennifer Williams - 2018 - $250.00 - Math Games for Math Stations
  • Sherry Ayers - 2018 - $250.00 - Monetary Requests for the 18+ Program
  • Jessica Williams - 2018 - $250.00 - iPad Mini for Kindergarten
  • Brittany Goodson & Laura Novotny - 2018 - $250.00 - Improvements to Jr. High Counseling Area
  • Brooke Crisp - 2018 - $250.00 - Kindergarten Curriculum
  • Grady Newton - 2017 - $250.00 - Bullock Texas History Museum Field Trip
  • Laura Tomlin - 2017 - $250.00 - Chemicals & Glassware
  • Clint Brown - 2017 - $200.00 - Hands-on Programming
  • Amanda Hayden - 2017 - $125.00 - Classroom Supplies
  • Ivy Desjardin - 2017 - $125.00 - Classroom Supplies
  • Lindsay Jones - 2017 - $125.00 - Classroom Supplies
  • Dean Black - 2017 - $125.00 - Classroom Supplies
  • Sherry Ayres - 2017 - $125.00 - Classroom Supplies
  • Tina Vargas - 2017 - $125.00 - Classroom Supplies
  • Jill Dabney - 2017 - $125.00 - Classroom Supplies
  • Jenny Jones - 2017 - $125.00 - Classroom Supplies
  • Melissa Wilson - 2017 - $250.00 - Math Workshop Manipulatives
  • Christie Shaver - 2017 - $250.00 - STUCO Team Building Activity
  • Laura Tomlin - 2017 - $250.00 - Google Cardboard
  • D`Lynn Brown - 2017 - $250.00 - Thermometer Practice
  • Kristen Finch - 2016 - $85.00 - Air Compressor
  • Meredith Bonnett - 2016 - $125.00 - Intercambio Interactive English
  • Lacey Cruddas - 2016 - $250.00 - 1 mini I Pad for Interactive Learning
  • Meagan Pitts & Stacy Dodge - 2016 - $250.00 - Fluency & Fitness Program
  • Mirah Wilcox - 2016 - $250.00 - Classroom Supplies
  • Troy Ramsey - 2016 - $250.00 - Classroom Supplies
  • Samantha Rives - 2016 - $250.00 - Classroom Supplies
  • Niki Howton - 2016 - $171.35 - STEM with Fairy Tales
  • Terri Taylor, Jamie Gommert & Kerry Chambliss - 2016 - $250.00 - SJHS Math Calculators
  • Grady Newton - 2016 - $100.00 - *ESL Head Phones
  • Ruth Watkins - 2016 - $250.00 - Art Supplies SIS & SJHS
  • Lori Barrett & Meredith Bonnett - 2016 - $250.00 - ESL/Dyslexia
  • Jennifer Winkler - 2016 - $169.90 - Versatiles Learning Manipulatives
  • Denise Van Winkle - 2016 - $250.00 - GT Waco Escape Rooms Jan. Field Trip to reimburse activity account for costs.
  • Anita Morales - 2016 - $250.00 - College Night
  • Laura Laverdiere - 2015 - $250.00 - 6th grade Honors NASA Field Trip
  • Jennifer Scott - 2015 - $150.00 - Alphabetic Arc & Letters
  • Carey Quick - 2015 - $150.00 - Spooky Fun Science Lab Experiments
  • Grady Newton - 2015 - $- - *See above 2016
  • Catherine Parker - 2015 - $250.00 - Classroom Supplies
  • Suzanne Kessler - 2015 - $250.00 - Classroom Supplies
  • Corey Baird - 2015 - $250.00 - Classroom Supplies
  • McKenzie Teer - 2015 - $195.00 - 3rd grade Writing Supplies and Curriculum
  • Laura Laverdiere - 2015 - $250.00 - Laboratory Glassware
  • Tara Beaty - 2015 - $250.00 - For Aquaponic System
  • Cheryl Kyle - 2015 - $250.00 - Kindergarten Art Supplies
  • Patti Turk - 2015 - $250.00 - First Robotics Competition
  • Jami Fischer - 2014 - $250.00 - For one year classroom subscription to Scholastic Science Word Magazine
  • Anita Morales - 2014 - $250.00 - For College Night Expenses
  • Tim Cook - 2014 - $250.00 - Projector for Screen to show video at Pep Rally
  • Kristi Haag - 2014 - $250.00 - Chemistry Textbooks for Students
  • Isidro 򢀜Nuni򢀝 Venegas - 2014 - $250.00 - Classroom Supplies
  • Marcy Fleming - 2014 - $250.00 - Classroom Supplies
  • Hunter Kent - 2014 - $250.00 - Classroom Supplies
  • Lacey Cruddas & Terry Arant - 2014 - $250.00 - Time Magazine for Kids subscription
  • Grady Newton - 2014 - $90.00 - Headphones & Spanish English Dictionaries
  • Tara Beaty - 2014 - $250.00 - Garden Project
  • Erica Meyer - 2014 - $250.00 - XC Bike
  • Laura Laverdiere - 2014 - $250.00 - National Geographic Explorer and Kids Discovery Magazine Subscriptions
  • Niki Howton - 2013 - $243.52 - Social Studies Books
  • Jennifer Diaz & Anissa Dobbins - 2013 - $250.00 - Math Strategies K-5 Conference
  • Tish Ptomey - 2013 - $250.00 - Math Manipulatives
  • Ron Byrd - 2013 - $250.00 - Physics Lab Equipment
  • Kim Torczynski - 2013 - $245.79 - Equipment for 7th & 8th Grade Physical Education
  • Melissa Hyer - 2013 - $250.00 - Mobile Sound System & Music Downloads
  • Ron Byrd - 2013 - $250.00 - I-Pad for 8th Grade Pre-Calculus
  • Tim Cook - 2013 - $250.00 - Sydney Walter student reimbursement for Speech & Debate Camp Expenses
  • Kendra Copeland - 2013 - $250.00 - Targeted Instruction for ESL
  • D`Lynn Brown - 2013 - $250.00 - Fabulous Friday
  • Kim Torczynski - 2013 - $59.79 - Expository Writing & Word Study
  • Tim Cook - 2013 - $250.00 - Speech & Debate Laptop computer
  • D`Lynn Brown - 2013 - $250.00 - Mayborn Museum 򢀜Village Days򢀝 Field Trip
  • Carey Quick - 2012 - $250.00 - Inner Space Caverns Field Trip
  • Lydia Kelm - 2012 - $250.00 - Novel Set
  • Michelle Oyler - 2012 - $250.00 - Class set of Dictionaries
  • Tim Cook - 2012 - $250.00 - AP Gov򢀙t/Economics Flash Cards
  • Laura Laverdiere - 2012 - $250.00 - Greenhouse Supplies
  • Laura Laverdiere - 2012 - $250.00 - Laboratory Bench
  • J.J. Jonas - 2012 - $250.00 - Stage Makeup
  • D`Lynn Brown - 2012 - $250.00 - Kindergarten Field Trip to the Planetarium
  • 4th Grade Team: Carey Quick, Jodi Loa, Tish Ptomey, Beth Nash, Jessica Kuehne - 2012 - $250.00 - Field Trip: Going Beyond the Textbook
  • Emily Morris - 2012 - $160.00 - A 򢀜Smokey Sue򢀝 doll
  • Laura Laverdiere - 2012 - $50.00 - SISD Art Program
  • Ruth Watkins - 2012 - $50.00 - SISD Art Program
  • Kyra Mann - 2012 - $50.00 - SISD Art Program
  • Niki Howton - 2012 - $103.44 - Language Arts Writing Board
  • Melissa Hyer & Josh Harris - 2011 - $100.00 - Basketball Renew
  • Lisa Wagnon - 2011 - $150.00 - Playaway Books
  • Julie Norden - 2011 - $250.00 - SIS Library AR store
  • Carey Quick - 2011 - $210.00 - Interactive Projection Camera
Since 2011, $22,345.79 has been awarded in the Mini-Grant Program.