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2016 Sur-Prize Patrol

2016-2017 Clear Creek Education Foundation funds over $100,000 in Educational Grants for both Teachers and Students

The Clear Creek Education Foundation visited 34 outstanding CCISD teachers on 20 campuses during the annual Sur-Prize Patrol on May 19th.  Teachers were surprised by the CCEF board members and community partners with Teacher Innovative Grants totaling over $97,000.  The Clear Creek Education Foundation awards teachers with grant money through their Teacher Innovative Grant Program, giving them the opportunity to take education to the next level and providing unique, hands-on learning experiences in the classroom.  Since the Foundation’s inception in 1992, over two million dollars in Teacher Innovative Grants have been disbursed district-wide.

The impact of the Teacher Innovative Grants is tremendous.   Dr. Steve Ebell, CCISD Deputy Superintendent stated that, “It not only changes classrooms, it enhances teaching and provides opportunities that students would not normally have in the classroom”.

From take-home makerspaces that will impact 3 campuses, a courtroom on wheels, Google Cardboard kits, writing while learning character building programs, and so many more this year’s Teacher Innovative Grants were more innovative than ever and will impact over 20,000 students either directly or indirectly.

CCEF was excited to open the opportunity for high school students to apply this year through the Student – Teacher Innovative Grant program and will be funding over $11,000 to four high school students for the 2016 – 2017 school year.  “CCEF was excited to revamp our funding opportunities for teachers this year and decided to get a little innovative ourselves and allow CCISD’s students to apply”, said Danny Brewster, CCEF Programs Chair. “We were very excited about the results and look to fund many more talented students in the future.”

Funding from the Clear Creek Education Foundation is made possible thanks to the many Friends of the Foundation, individuals and businesses, who have partnered together to Support Educational Excellence in CCISD through the Teacher Innovative Grant Program.  The Foundation feels the Teacher Innovative Grant Program is a vital and necessary strategy in assisting teachers in maintaining the high level of achievement in CCISD.

Below are the 2016-2017 grant recipients, the campus the grant will affect, the name of the grant and the community sponsor:

2016 – 2017 Teacher Innovative Grants
Campus Name Name of Proposal  Grant Amount Sponsor
Bauerschlag Elementary Brandy Magdos SPRKing Their Imagination $4,880 Bauerschlag PTA
Bayside Intermediate Julie Edwards Google Cardboard: Using Virtual Reality to Improve Writing in the Classroom $5,000 Joiner Partnership Architects
Clear Brook High Hope Taub Molecular Gas What? tronomy $2,000 Balfour
Clear Brook High Ryan Davies Robot Virtual Fields $599 Lockheed Martin
Clear Brook High Kerry Whitfill Electroplating Jewelry – The Chemistry of Art $1,350 Lewis Jewelers
Clear Brook High Patricia Medina Arduino $2,970 DeBusk Services Group
Clear Creek High Stacey Lange Sense You Asked $2,420 CCEF Tennis Tournament
Clear Creek Intermediate David Golden Campus Archaeology $1,100 Ron Carter Cadillac Hyundai Employees
Clear Creek Intermediate Dawn Marcantel CCIS Taction Action Makerspace $5,000 Marathon Petroleum
Clear Creek Intermediate Jana Hackett Google Cardboard VR in the Classroom $4,374 Steve Jackson; Mimi & Mike Huss
Clear Falls High Leah Bossi Knight Corp $2,550 Icon Bank
Clear Falls High Carla Burris Health Science Education through the Village $5,000 HEB Tournament of Champions
Clear Horizons Natandra McGill Visuals for Visualizing Life $1,400 HydroChem
Clear Lake High Heather Jefferson CLHS Fashion Line $5,000 Gulf Coast Pipeline Services
Clear Lake High Shirley Dickey If at first you don’t succeed, RECYCLE! $850 CCISD Cabinet and Board of Trustees
Clear Path Molly Kistler Making Physics Make Sense $900 HomeTown Bank of League City
Clear Springs High Ashlie Paige Manure Collecting Rabbit Hutches $1,400 McRee Ford
Clear Springs High Ashley Highsmith Order’s Up! $800 South Shore Grille
Clear Springs High Karen Haddad & Ivanell George What’s in the Bayou $5,000 BP Texas City Chemicals and PBK Architects
Creekside Intermediate Alberto Perez Courtroom on Wheels $3,000 Chemical Process and Production
Falcon Pass Elementary Kristie Graves nolij to knowledge $2,884 Primrose of Clear Lake
Landolt Elementary Vicki Mangum Precept Project – Producing Great Writers Through 180 Days of Character Building $2,608 VLK Architects
League City Elementary Nicole Transou Mustang Makerspace $3,000 Gulf Coast Educators Federal Credit Union
League City Intermediate Scarlett Walker Multi-sensory=Multi-learning $3,800 League City Intermediate PTA
League City Intermediate Madeline Boehning Personalization and Pop Culture Improve Writing $5,000 League City Intermediate PTA
Ross Elementary Brandy Magdos Creative Learning Frame by Frame $2,706 Bartlett Cocke General Contractors
Ross Elementary Catherine Wampler Developing Character through Literacy $3,405 Durotech
Ross Elementary Angela Deschner Building Background with Vivid Vocabulary $1,100 Norman Frede Chevrolet
Sandra Mossman Elementary Christine Hawthorne Knight to Knight – A Science Festival $947 Dr. Sandra and Gary Mossman
Victory Lakes Intermediate Katrina Zannier Victory Lakes Destination Exploration – Explore, Learn, Create and Innovate! $2,750 MaximGroup
Whitcomb Elementary Miriam Bailey DASH-ing into the future: Inspiring Collaboration, Creativity, Innovation and Problem Solving Skills Across the Curricula Through the Use of Interactive Programmable Robots $4,040 Raymond James Financial Services
White Elementary Tamiko Brown Take-Home Makerspace $10,000 Perdue, Brandon, Fielder, Collins & Mott
2016 – 2017 Student – Teacher Innovative Grants
Campus Name Name of Proposal  Grant Amount Teacher Sponsor Sponsor
Clear Brook High Syamantak Payra A Novel Electronically Aided Leg Orthosis  $   4,000.00 Alaina Garza LyondellBasell
Clear Falls High Victoria Galindo & Linda Nguyen GroPockets  $   3,000.00 Ms. Burris Dr. Donna Sue Dolle & Charlie Baumann; Texas Citizens Bank
Clear Horizons Vy Tran Community Health and Education Fair  $   2,500.00 Valerie Kahlich IBI Group Architects and Memorial Hermann Southeast
Clear Springs High Emily Jue How to Stop Fracking Earthquakes and Reduce the Use of Water  $   2,000.00 Samuel Krueger BB&T


CCEF Board on the Bus

The Clear Creek Education Foundation board members and donors were excited to “Sur-prize” 36 teachers and students with over $100,000 for their innovative ideas at 20 CCISD campuses. Madeline Boehning Receives Grant

Amanda Mark and Crystal Bruning with the League City Intermediate PTA present Madeline Boehning with her grant for “Personalization and Pop Culture Improve Writing”. Also pictured is her excited principal from League City Intermediate Kim Brouillard.Tamiko Brown Receives Grant

Jason Bailey and Elizabeth Wang with Perdue Brandon Fielder Collins and Mott present Tamiko Brown from Ed White Elementary with CCEF’s first ever Team Grant that will impact Seabrook Intermediate and Clear Falls High School with Takehome Makerspaces. Also pictured is Ed White Elementary Principal, Matt Paulison.Vy Tran Receives Grant

STIG winner Vy Tran from Clear Horizons Early College High School for her grant “Community Health and Education Fair”  Pictured with sponsors Rebecca Lilley with Memorial Hermann Southeast, CHECHS principal Dr. Brett Lemley, Danny Brewster with IBI Architects and teacher sponsor Valerie Kahlich.

Clear Springs AV Productions

CCEF was excited to have Clear Springs Audio Video Production students along for the ride and also Members of the Clear Brook High School drum line providing an exciting beat throughout the day.Syamantak Payra Receives Grant

Student Teacher Innovative Grant winner Syamantak Payra is presented a grant for his idea “A Novel Electronically Aided Leg Orthosis” at Clear Brook High School by Walter Pinto with LyondellBasell. Also pictured are CCISD Superintendent Dr. Greg Smith, CCEF Executive Director Kaci Hanson and Principal Michelle Staley.