TEACHER GRANTS:

Enabling Innovative Instruction

TEACHER GRANTS:

Enabling Innovative Instruction

 EDUCATOR GRANTS

Grant applications will open February 1 and close April 29. We will award grants by June 1, 2022.

Important Dates

  • April 1 – May 1: Grant application submission period. 
  • May 1: Grant application period closes.
  • June: Grant recipients notified.
Applications must be submitted via the online application available at the link below.

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Priority Criteria:

  • Focus on enhancing student learning and social, emotional development.

  • Materials that are reusable.

  • The number of students impacted per dollar invested.

  • Innovative tools to address the needs of diverse and underserved student populations.

  • Expenditures that PSEF does not fund include salaries, furniture, employee travel, core curricular materials.

Key Information:

  • Grants will be awarded in various amounts up to a maximum of $1000.
  • Schools, departments, or other groups within the district may be awarded more than one grant.
  • Multiple individuals may submit a single grant collaboratively.
  • Projects which impact students in multiple schools may exceed the $1000 maximum.
  • Joint school projects are encouraged.

PREVIOUS GRANT RECIPIENTS

  • 2018 Spring
  • 2017 Spring
  • 2017 Fall
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013

2018 Grants were awarded to 5 schools in the Peninsula School District and to 7 teachers who submitted grant proposals

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2017 Grants were awarded to 15 schools in the Peninsula School District and to 39 teachers who submitted grant proposals

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2017 Grants were awarded to 15 schools in the Peninsula School District and to 39 teachers who submitted grant proposals

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2016 Grants were awarded to 15 schools in the Peninsula School District and to 39 teachers who submitted grant proposals

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2015 Grants were awarded to 16 schools in the Peninsula School District, to 54 teachers who submitted grant proposals.

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2014 Grants were awarded to 13 schools in the Peninsula School District, to 19 teachers who submitted grant proposals.

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In 2013 Peninsula Schools Education Foundation, awarded 29 grants to teachers in 16 different schools in the Peninsula school district.

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PREVIOUS GRANT RECIPIENTS

  • 2021
  • 2019 Spring
  • 2018 Fall
  • 2018 Spring
  • 2017 Spring
  • 2017 Fall
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions on in-person learning, the PSEF board voted to award proportional school-based grants that support high quality remote learning.
 
Congratulations to our 2020-21 grant winners! All hardware, equipment and web-based resources awarded through these grants was approved by the District technology department and has been distributed to the 34 grant winners at the 11 schools listed below.

SchoolTeacherProposal
Discovery ElementaryVanette MowerLaptop
Discovery ElementaryDiana BrayScholastic Super Science Magazine
Discovery ElementaryPolly TowleDocument Camera
Discovery ElementaryHollianne WinterLeveled Books for Classroom
Discovery ElementaryBecky WallaceLaptop
Discovery ElementaryDiane BelknapLaptop
Evergreen ElementaryAmy BarberSTEM Backpacks
Evergreen ElementaryStephanie McCarthyTacoma Art Museum - Virtual Field Trip
Goodman Middle SchoolMegan BarkleyConference Camera
Goodman Middle SchoolBrenda AstonVirtual Field Trip to Egypt
Goodman Middle SchoolMegan BarkleyMonitor
Harbor Ridge Middle SchoolKrystal Kennedy-WheelerRead Naturally Program, Sequenced Series
Harbor Ridge Middle SchoolKirstin BrentHeadset
Harbor Ridge Middle SchoolBarbara VukasHeadset
Henderson Bay High SchoolDominique HamptonBookwidget App
Henderson Bay High SchoolJenna BatesHeadset
Key Peninsula Middle SchoolKatherine SchrockPixton Education App
Key Peninsula Middle SchoolJoanna BabbittHeadset
Key Peninsula Middle SchoolCynthia DeareNearpod Gold App
Key Peninsula Middle SchoolMandi ThorneSTEM tech kit
Key Peninsula Middle SchoolMelinda PeckhamHeadset
Kopachuck Middle SchoolJesse ErnstAndroid wifi enabled cell phones
Kopachuck Middle SchoolKelle BrysonHeadset
Minter Creek ElementaryTodd HeringHeadset
Pioneer ElementaryJen WisnerNews-O-Matic App
Pioneer ElementaryTami BradfordRekenrek STEM kits
Pioneer ElementaryKerstin ThautSocial-Emotional Regulation kit
Purdy ElementaryJulie LeeLaptop
Purdy ElementaryWendy StuartBoom Cards App
Purdy ElementarySheila McNelisEveryday Speech Social Emotional Learning App
Purdy ElementaryShelley SutichSTEM Backpacks
Voyager ElementaryAnnette WelpmanRead Naturally Program, Sequenced Series
Voyager ElementaryCatherine SchwabSTEM stories
Voyager ElementaryKathy JohnsonPostcards and stamps
Voyager ElementaryKristen LagaoScholastic News Magazine, Print and Digital Issues

2019 Grants were awarded to 11 schools in the Peninsula School District and to 17 teachers who submitted grant proposals, in addition to CAPE and Hands on Art Programs

SchoolTeacherProposal
Hands on ArtMarla MorganMultiple Projects
All SchoolsJoy GiovanniniCAPE
Minter CreekNate SearsAfrican Drums
Minter CreekAlice KinerkPACE Greenhouse
GoodmanMatt HaverGoodman Recording Equipment
Harbor RidgeKirsten BrentIlluminated Jewelers Loupes
GHHSKristin ZetterstromA Voice for All Students
GHHSEric WolgemuthWireless Accelerometers
ArtondaleCarolyn Hanson SmithOut of Box experiments
KopachuckKeith GartonEdison is Awesome
EvergreenJennifer MartinScience Innovation
GoodmanShelby BelfoyIncubator (& Materials) for Science Classroom
DiscoveryCindy GreethamInnovator Biographies
Purdy/MinterElizabeth AuterSocial Emotional Games
Harbor HtsNicole SenonMath Stations
VoyagerMichelle MeridethSpeech Therapy: Fixing Rs
VoyagerCatherine SchwabVirtual Reality Adventure
Harbor RidgeKathryn PorteusVirtual Reality Headsets
ArtondaleRashelle PratzWhiteboards

 

 

In Fall 2018, Peninsula Schools Education Foundation awarded 7 grants to teachers in 15 different schools in the Peninsula School District, in addition to CAPE and Hands on Art programs

TeacherSchoolProposal
Amanda BaleraPeninsula High SchoolTablets for Virtual T-shirts
Joy GiovaniniAll SchoolsCAPE
Jennifer HanzielHenderson Bay Alternative High SchoolThe Science of Art
Carlyn HansonSmithArtondal ElementaryCreate Wonder with Robotics
Erin TesdahlHenderson Bay High SchoolVideo Productions with Recording, Editing, and Publishing
Lora DuncanArtondale ElementaryHappiness in Music
Jeremy WilsonDiscovery Elementary SchoolKeyboards for Music Theory
Marla MorganHands on ArtMultiple Projects
Heather JonesEvergreen ElementaryVirtual Reality Equals Real World Learning
Ben PinneoPeninsula High SchoolAudiobooks via Chromebooks for Students with Reading Needs
Kate BurkartDiscovery ElementarySocial Thinking
Michelle MeredithVoyager Elementary/ Student ServicesAuditory Processing Grant
Katja RimmeleVoyager ElementarySensory Toolkits
Maile FlandersMinter CreekSelf-Regulation Centers in Classrooms
Kara BeloatePeninsula High SchoolLighting Peninsula: The Stage & The School

2018 Grants were awarded to 5 schools in the Peninsula School District and to 7 teachers who submitted grant proposals

schoolteacherproposal
Peninsula High SchoolAmanda Balera Virtual Body Systems Thermal Imaging T-Shirts
Goodman Middle SchoolLisa HalsanYoga for Relaxation & Stress Relief
VaughnBeth StittEyes and Ears for All
VaughnMartha ArnesonStudent Self-Regulating Break Space
PurdyWendy StuartPuppets in the Classroom
EvergreenHugh MaxwellAuthentic reading with Classic Literature
EvergreenChristy DalbeAuthentic reading with Classic Literature

2017 Grants were awarded to 15 schools in the Peninsula School District and to 39 teachers who submitted grant proposals

schoolteacherproposal
VoyagerLeslie WalkerMathematical Engagement
VoyagerMelissa NorthstromFlexible Seating for Kindergarten
VaughnMarci CohoeFlexible Seating
VaughnDouglas SmithOzobots for Creative Coding
PurdyGaylene PetersonHydroponics in the Classroom
PurdyCarolina JacksonBooks on Natural Disasters
EvergreenTerry HammondMusic Classroom Rug
Evergreen Jamie ShipmanAlternative Seating
EvergreenAmanda KennardFlexible Seating
EvergreenJennifer MartinAlternative Seating
DiscoveryNicollette Le TellierSTEM Stereo Microscopes
DiscoverySocalUnlock Your Learning
DiscoveryAshley TrinhBecoming Non-Fiction Authors
Artondale Karoline ColumbiniKindergarten Wobble Chairs

2017 Grants were awarded to 15 schools in the Peninsula School District and to 39 teachers who submitted grant proposals

SchoolTeacherProposal
ArtondaleRennie WalkerMeaningful Math
Hands on ArtLisa BosselmannHarbor Heights Elementary
Hands on ArtKatharine MooreWire Sculptures - Vaughn Elementary
Hands on ArtLaura SchererHokusai Wave - Voyager
Hands on ArtKaroline ColombiniPerspectives of Mt. Tahoma - Artondale
CAPEJoy GiovainiAll four middle schools
VoyagerMichelle MeredithSpeech Buddies
VoyagerCatharine SchwabCoding Playground
VoyagerSheryl MillsCoding With Color
PurdyShelbi FrameLego Boost
PurdyAnn Cook3 D Printer
PurdyGaylene PetersonCreative Blocks
Minter CreekPenny BowlesEnriched Literacy
Kopachuck MSKeith GartonOctober Skies
Key Peninsula MSKatherine SchrockBreakout Kits
Key Peninsula MSAndrea BowmanKPMS Sensory Room
Harbor HeightsAlex McDougallFinch Robotics
Harbor HeightsNicole SenonSTEM Rubiks Cube
Harbor HeightsShauna CoxfordHigh Noon Books
Harbor HeightsNicole Holsather-NelsonLEGO Brick Project
Gig Harbor HSKristin ZetterstromTools for Theatre
DiscoveryNicollette Le TellierEngineering Design Projects
DiscoveryLauren JarvisArt Club
ArtondaleLora DuncanUkulele Joy
Peninsula HSAmanda BaleraThermal Imaging Bio T-Shirts

2016 Grants were awarded to 15 schools in the Peninsula School District and to 39 teachers who submitted grant proposals

SchoolTeacherProposal
Goodman MSMary WestColor My Conversation Kit
VoyagerLeslie WalkerMathematical Engagement
VoyagerMelissa NorthstromFlexible Seating for Kindergarten
VoyagerLaurie DyeScience Integration
VaughnMarci CohoeFlexible Seating
VaughnDouglas SmithOzobots for Creative Coding
PurdyGaylene PetersonHydroponics in the Classroom
PurdyJane HansenWobble Our Way to Great Work
PurdyCarolina JacksonBooks on Natural Disasters
Harbor Ridge MSKathlenn Bossenbroek7th Grade Life Sciences
ArtondaleKaroline ColombiniKindergarten Wobble Chairs
Goodman MSCarrie ZamberlinStand 2 Learn
Gig Harbor HSEric SwansonGHHS Jazz Band
EvergreenTeri HammonMusical Classroom Rug
EvergreenJamie ShipmanAlternative Seating
EvergreenAmanda KennardFlexible Seating
EvergreenJennifer MartinAlternative Seating
DiscoveryNicollette Le TellierSTEM Stereo Microscopes
DiscoverySocalUnlock your Learning
DiscoveryAshley TrinhBecoming Non Fiction Authors

2015 Grants were awarded to 16 schools in the Peninsula School District, to 54 teachers who submitted grant proposals

SchoolTeacherProposalDesignation
Goodman MS, KPMS, HRMS, Kopachuck MSJoy Giovanini (20+ PSD teachers, 50+ PSD high school students)CAPE (Career & Pathway Expo)PSEF Board of Trustees Designee
Hands on ArtLisa BosselmannHarbor Heights Elementary
Hands on ArtKatharine MooreWire Sculptures - Vaughn Elementary
Hands on ArtLaura SchererHokusai Wave - Voyager
Hands on ArtKaroline ColombiniPerspectives of Mt. Tahoma - Artondale
CAPEJoy GiovainiAll four middle schools
VoyagerMichelle MeredithSpeech Buddies
VoyagerCatharine SchwabCoding Playground
VoyagerSheryl MillsCoding With Color
PurdyShelbi FrameLego Boost
PurdyAnn Cook3 D Printer
Artondale, Vaughn, Purdy, Harbor HeightsMeredith/ Lloyd/ Curran/ ComstockVideo Modeling Project
DiscoveryWilson / WaageDiscovery Performance Lighting
Gig Harbor HSCoovert/ Freeman/ ChadwellGH Speech & Debate
Kopachuck MSBollenderBuilding Community
Harbor Ridge MSHockmuth/ TweetenMicroscopes
Minter CreekHefaEncouraging Hands on Math through Manipulatives
Minter Creek?HallInformational Text
EvergreenWright/Brantley/ Garrison/ Porter/ Shipman/ Carter/ HendersonScience, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics Project KitsWarner Karshner Grant Designee
DiscoveryMunoz/LantzChromebooks for REACH
DiscoveryDavis/Munoz/ BergmaniPad for Communication Success Using Apps & Video Modeling
DiscoveryGrinbergApplying the Sciences Together
DiscoveryBigger/Bray/ Squires/Perine/? Greetham/GrinbergCognitive Engagement & Creative Thinking Toolkit
DiscoveryLewisOSMOS & I Pads for 1st Grade

2014 Grants were awarded to 13 schools in the Peninsula School District, to 19 teachers who submitted grant proposals

SchoolTeacherProposalDesignation
Gig Harbor HSDena Berkey/Carol RiveraUnderwater ROV
VaughnHands on Art
EvergreenHands on Art
Minter CreekHands on Art
DiscoveryHands on Art
VoyagerHands on Art
Harbor HeightsHands on Art
ArtondaleKaroline ColombiniHands on Art
Peninsula HSDave StittCool Science
Peninsula HSAndrew HosfordModernize PHS
Peninsula HSKatrina CardinalFocus 22
Henderson Bay HSKelsey PattersonParent Communication
Gig Harbor HSChris CoovertSpeech & Debate Competitions
VaughnLisa MillsVoice of VaughnWarner Karshner Award
Harbor Ridge MSShira StarkA Camera in Every Hand
Harbor Ridge MSKristin BrentVernier Labquest Program
Goodman MSCarol RiveraROVs in Extreme Environments
PurdyMarilyn PaulsonChord Buddy Strum for Fun
Minter CreekAmanda HefaLearning Materials
Harbor HeightsDavid RucciScooters
DiscoveryJeremy WilsonDiscovery Newscast Part 1
DiscoveryCheryl MunozSocial Thinking
DiscoveryKate BurkartReading Pens
DiscoveryDiana BrayBuildingMathematical Fluency
VaughnMatthew MillsReal Time, Real Data CollectionPSEF Trustees Award

In 2013 Peninsula Schools Education Foundation, awarded 29 grants to teachers in 16 different schools in the Peninsula School District

SchoolTeacherProposalDesignation
VoyagerLaurie DyeDesign Challenge
Gig Harbor HSWayne Lackman and Kristin ZetterstromVoice for All Performers
Gig Harbor HSKristin ZetterstromPower for Theater Tech Students
Gig Harbor HSEric WolgermuthClimate Change Simlulation Lab
Gig Harbor HSEric SwansonGig Harbor HS Band
Gig Harbor HSChris CoovertSpeech & Debate Competitions
Henderson Bay HSJames CorboyMy Life Soundtrack
Peninsula HSMary Ann O'DellBiology Resources
Key Peninsula MS/PHSKareen BordersChemistry Alive
Key Peninsula MSPhyllis IsbellEdible Garden/Winter Salad
Kopachuck MSKelley BolenderBuilding Community
Harbor Ridge MSShira StarkMicrobiology on the Go and Diving into ROVs
Harbor Ridge MSMatt ConditVernier Labquest Program
Goodman MSCarol Rivera21st Century Microscopes
Goodman MSCarol RiveraUp ROV Design
ArtondaleDebbie MahaffieUsing Razz-Kids to Increase Reading Skills
VoyagerScott MarkowitzVoyager Field Science and Orinthology Program ExpansionKarshner Memorial Grant Designee
VoyagerKim Schock-RosenbachHands on Art
VaughnKatherine MooreHands on Art
PurdyMarilyn PaulsonKeyboards in Motion
Minter CreekDawn BarnesUsing Informational & NarrativeText in 1st Grade
Minter CreekPhylis Slater/Kim Schock-RosenbachHands on Art
Harbor HeightsKaren KentHands on Art
Harbor HeightsKim HollarSight Words
EvergreenTherese SouersBuilding Scientific Understanding
DiscoveryJeremy WilsonStrings at Discovery
DiscoveryDiana GrinbergHands on Art
DiscoveryKate BurkartAssistive Technology
ArtondaleKaroline ColombiniHands on Art

Karshner Memorial Grant

$1000 to Teachers

In 2009 the family of Warner Karshner made a generous memorial gift to the Peninsula Schools Education Foundation (PSEF), honoring his legacy of supporting great schools in the Peninsula School District. This gift is used by PSEF to make grants that help teachers encourage students to engage in experiences that promote goodness in the community.

Mr. Karshner was a clinical psychologist at the Family Center for Behavioral Health in Gig Harbor. As the chair of the Gig Harbor Chamber of Commerce Education Task Force, he founded the “Partners In Learning” picnic. Mr. Karshner was known as a builder of partnerships between schools and the community, and his family remembers him coming home with a twinkle in his eyes after activities focused on that goal. “Imagine kids having that ‘twinkle’ experience of developing love and pride knowing their contributions helped strengthen their community,” his wife Diane Nason said.

Each year PSEF selects a grant application that reflects these values for funding and designate it as the Warner Karshner Memorial Grant Award. Past recipients of the award include:

  • 2017 Andrea Bowman, Key Peninsula MS, KPMS Sensory Room
  • 2016 Cheryl Munoz, Purdy Elementary, Multisensory Math Project
  • 2015 Wright, Brantley, Garrison, Porter, Evergreen Elementary, Science, Technology & Engineering
  • 2014 Lisa Mills, Vaughn Elementary, Voices of Vaughn Elementary / Music
  • 2013 Scott Markowitz, Voyager Elementary, Field Science and Ornithology Program
  • 2012 Eric Swanson, Gig Harbor High School, Percussion Instrument Inventory Expansion
  • 2011 Denise Ohlson / Jim Inglebritson, Evergreen Elementary School, Infinite Potential Physical Science books  
  • 2010 Kristen Zetterstrom, Gig Harbor High School, Tools Used in Theater Set Construction
  • 2009 Shira Stark, Harbor Ridge Middle School, Implementing Project 3D View in Science using GPS Handheld Receivers