Michelle Studer is the October winner of We Support our Schools grant, sponsored by A2Z Personnel’s and 107.9 the Drive! Mrs. Studer is a 4th grade teacher at the Corvallis Primary School. She is looking forward to purchasing stability ball active seating to assist children who benefit from some minor movement while learning. Michelle’s class has had stability balls in the past and found that they are beneficial to most students. She’s happy to be able to increase the number of active seating options in her classroom. Thank you to Michelle and all teachers that are willing to adjust their classrooms to create a better learning environment for their students.
September 2019 - Maralee Johnson
Ms. Johnson is a Kindergarten teacher at Stevensville Primary School and this month’s winner of the We Support Our School Grant, sponsored by A2Z Personnel and 107.9 the Drive. Mara is excited to utilize the funds to purchase additional art supplies for her busy and creative Kindergartners! By having a supply of hands-on crafts and art supplies available to her class, Ms. Johnson looks forward to inspiring her students’ imaginations and to providing additional avenues for teaching opportunities. We would like to thank Mara for providing such an engaging classroom to her students!
April 2019 - Valerie Pateman
Valerie Pateman is April’s We Support Our Schools Grant, sponsored by A2Z Personnel and 107.9 the Drive. Valerie is a third-grade teacher at Stevensville Elementary and is interested in purchasing additional “learniture” for her classroom. She is looking forward to acquiring a couple Activity Learning Chairs, as well as two yoga balls to provide similar movement. Ms. Pateman’s had previous success with using seating options which allow for minor fidgeting and movement and is excited to provide additional seating for the kiddo’s in her class who would benefit from the tool.
A special thank you to Valerie and all other teachers who continually incorporate tools to improve their students’ ability to engage in learning.
March 2019 - Sarah Hamburg
Sarah Hamburg, a Spanish Teacher at Victor Schools, is the winner of March’s We Support Our Schools Grant, sponsored by A2Z Personnel and 107.9 the Drive. Sarah teaches a wide range of grade levels starting with her 4th grader’s introduction to Spanish and capping off with her highest level of Spanish IV in the High School. Sarah loves to include arts and crafts for her students as a way for them to connect with different Spanish speaking cultures. In addition, for each holiday that is recognized by a Spanish-speaking country, Sarah has activities to help bring that culture to life for her students. She is excited to be able to use the grant for purchasing more art supplies to engage her students in appreciating the different cultures around our world and to bring the Spanish language alive for them. We are so appreciative of the energy and creativity Sarah, and other teachers like her, bring to their classrooms.
February 2019 - Jennifer Walthall
Jennifer Walthall is the winner of February’s We Support Our Schools Grant, sponsored by A2Z Personnel and 107.9 the Drive. Jennifer is a Kindergarten teacher at Stevensville Elementary School. Mrs. Walthall is excited to purchase hands-on tools to support her young student’s growth and development. She would like to incorporate more tactile learning by purchasing magnetic alphabets, felt boards, and counting activities. With this ongoing winter weather causing indoor recesses and eliminating outdoor learning expeditions, these new activities will be helpful in keeping her students engaged in the classroom. We’re very thankful to Jennifer and all teachers who continually look for ways to stimulate their student’s minds and make learning an awesome experience.
January 2019 - Kate Naughter
Kate Naughter is the winner of January’s We Support Our Schools Grant, sponsored by A2Z Personnel and 107.9 the Drive. Kate, a sixth grade ELA teacher at Corvallis Middle School, is planning to use the funds to purchase student-selected books for her classroom’s library.
According to Lara Robb (an author of several best-selling professional books and resources for educators), access to books can make a difference in children’s desire to read and in their ability to comprehend a wide range of genres. David, an eighth-grade student, put it this way: “I love our class library ‘cause I have books at my fingertips. When I finish one, I can check out another.” (http://edublog.scholastic.com/post/ten-tips-laura-robb-classroom-libraries-access-books#).
Kate hopes to create a similar experience as David referenced for her students. Through engaging her student’s in book selecting and having the books not only readily available to them but also recommended by their peers, Kate anticipates seeing their reading development grow.
We are so thankful for all our local teachers do for our community and for educators, like Kate, who continually look for ways to engage their students.
December 2018 - Cejay Paulsen
December’s We Support Our Schools grant (sponsored by A2Z Personnel and 107.9 the Drive) was awarded to Cejay Paulsen! Mrs. Paulsen is looking forward to purchasing 4 Active Learning Stools for her students. She has a few already in her classroom and has seen a remarkable improvement in the attention span and focus for her students whom benefit from some minor movement while learning. The backless stools encourages proper posture and strengthens core muscles. A2Z Personnel and 107.9 the Drive want to thank Mrs. Paulsen and all teachers who continually contribute to their student’s learning experiences.
September 2018 - Kim Yaskus
Kimberly Yaskus is the September winner of the We Support Our Schools Grant offered by A2Z Personnel and 107.9 The Drive.
Kim is a first year Kindergarten teacher at Washington Elementary in Hamilton. She’s already started her year off with some great in class projects, including baking with her students, and she is excited to be able to bring more hands-on learning experiences throughout the year by utilizing the grant. In addition to using the funds to introduce some new crafts, games, and puzzles, she hopes to purchase some books to expand her in-class library, as well as some basic supplies to help with the operation of her classroom.