Teacher grants enhance the education of students in the Harrisonville School District by encouraging and recognizing new educational approaches and concepts that are not currently funded by the district. The grants provide funding for classroom materials which make these innovative instructional techniques possible. Teacher grants are presented twice each year.
Recent Grant Recipients
Teachers and students in the Harrisonville School District recently received more than $3,700 in grants from the Harrisonville Public School Foundation.
Throughout the 13 years of the teacher grant program, more than $80,000 has been presented to teachers. The goal of the program is to enhance the education of Harrisonville students by encouraging and recognizing new educational approaches and concepts that are not currently funded by the district.
The grants were awarded in a surprise squad format with Foundation trustees surprising the teachers in their classrooms and presenting them with a check.
Teacher grants were awarded to the following:
Rebecca Reeser, speech/language teacher at McEowen Elementary School, for additional technology in the form of a TV to be hooked to a teacher laptop for use in meetings with staff, parents, and students to cut down on the use of paper and provide the ability to use live working documents.
Brian Graber, counselor at Harrisonville Elementary School, for counseling curriculum for third grade which is in line with the counseling curriculum for K-2 previously funded by the Foundation. This grant was funded through the Cade Filer Teacher Grant Endowment.
Kim Spencer, fourth grade teacher at McEowen Elementary School, for math manipulatives for hands-on learning to provide a physical understanding of what math concepts look like.
Marla Brown, fourth grade teacher at McEowen Elementary School, for classroom sets of four books to provide opportunities for sharing and discussion of literature in the classroom setting. All books have a focus on positive character traits and acceptance of others.
Gail Howe, ELL teacher at Harrisonville Middle School, for Chromebooks for use with students who have limited language proficiency providing unlimited resources to supplement basic knowledge, cultural factors, translation, and comprehension.The Harrisonville Public School Foundation is a not-for-profit organization established to support the educational activities and programs of the Harrisonville School District. To learn more about the Foundation, contact Executive Director Jill Filer at 380-2727, ext. 1224.
Cade Filer Teacher Grant
One grant in the amount of $500 will be awarded during each grant period (fall and spring). The grant will be restricted to equipment/resources that can be used year after year instead of disposable or one-time uses. This grant is funded through an endowment from family and friends in the memory of Cade Filer.
Spring 2008 Recipient
Nancy Cummings, Harrisonville Elementary School, 2nd Grade
Fall 2008 Recipient
Kim Redinger, Jason Vaughn, Lindsey Weisz and Zach Sherman, HMS
Spring 2009 Recipient
Heather Caldwell, Harrisonville Early Childhood Center, Kindergarten
Fall 2009 Recipient
Brenda Foerschler, Harrisonville Elementary School, Title I Math
Spring 2010 Recipient
Preschool teachers, Harrisonville Early Childhood Center
Fall 2010 Recipient
April Schoenberg, Harrisonville Elementary School
No grant awarded
Fall 2011 Recipient
Tonya Ours & Darla Six, McEowen Elementary School
Spring 2013 Recipient
Curtis Clark, Harrisonville Middle School
Fall 2013 Recipients
Amelia Selsor, Harrisonville Elementary School
Emily Terwilliger, Harrisonville High School
Spring 2014 RecipientJodi Fischer, Harrisonville Early Childhood CenterSpring 2015 Recipient
Ann Hammonds, Harrisonville Elementary SchoolFall 2015 RecipientPam Long, Harrisonville Middle SchoolSpring 2016 RecipientDarla Six, McEowen Elementary SchoolFall 2016 RecipientJenny Wickstrom, HHSSpring 2017 RecipientBrian Graber, Harrisonville Elementary School
Velma Stephens Elementary Teacher Grant
One grant in the amount of $500 will be awarded each year. The grant will be restricted to a grant to benefit an elementary school. This grant is funded through an endowment from family and friends in the memory of Velma Stephens.Fall 2015
Rebecca Reeser, McEowen Elementary SchoolFall 2016 RecipientMissy Eddleman, McEowen Elementary School