Summit School District teachers awarded $60K from Innovative Teaching Awards |

Summit School District teachers awarded $60K from Innovative Teaching Awards

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to correct the spelling of Erica Larson’s name.

FRISCO — The Education Foundation of the Summit and Summit School District’s parent-teacher organizations have announced the winners of the 2019 Eileen Finkel Innovative Teaching Awards. More than $60,000 is being awarded for creative teaching ideas thought up by local teachers for the benefit of Summit students.

More than $100,000 in requests were made, and nearly all requests were granted in whole or part by the awards.

Funded projects include initiatives in literacy, computer science, special needs, art, theater and career/technical education. The following projects are examples of those being funded:

  • Metals and Art will bring Summit High School art students to the welding shop thanks to teacher Jacobson Speedy.
  • Summit High School freshman students will participate in a book study of Neil Degrasse Tyson’s “Astrophysics for Young People in a Hurry.” 
  • Summit High and Summit Middle school students will have Best Buddies Outings pairing special education students with other students for outdoor adventures thanks to teachers Julia Scott and Jeannine Brock (middle school) and Katie Garvert (high school).
  • Kay Kirkland is bringing Professional Video on the Go to Summit Middle School.
  • Silverthorne Elementary School Principal Louise Wacaser is making Health and Wellness Connections for her elementary students.
  • Shelly Martinez and Amy Clark (Dillon Valley Elementary), Erica Larson (Frisco Elementary) and Sarah Stuhr (Summit Cove Elementary) are teaching new computer coding languages to elementary students.

View the entire award list here. 

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