Teacher Grant Testimonials
Kendra Tatsch-Theater Department
The grant was for 6 Google
Chromebooks for the students and teachers in the theatre department. In
theatre, we much often do extensive research in order to get the set, props,
& costumes to fit the time period and location of the setting of the play.
The Chromebooks have helped our classroom students as well as our
extracurricular students. Additionally, in the classroom, these Chromebooks
have help theatre students report research findings, create videos/films, &
play music to sing & dance performances. The possibilities of future use
Thank you so much, CSISD Education Foundation! Your help and
support since this organization began have been so helpful to so many!
of all, thank you for the opportunities you have provided my students through
the grant that you awarded for my project to enable more STEM learning in my
classroom. My goal as a teacher is to prepare my students for their future, so
I feel hands-on creative learning is the best way to foster the creativity and
flexible thinking that leads to success in the long run.
have used the Osmo materials to help build skills in reading, math, and even
the basics of coding. These have been
our most frequently used items and are such an easy way to teach skills in an
interactive way. The Osmo makes learning
like a game, which makes learning and taking risks less threatening since they
can learn from mistakes within the activities.
great item we’ve been using quite a bit is the Snap Circuits. I took the baseplates and purchased a coffee
table to store and serve as a base for building. These are such a great learning tool because
they come with manuals for projects that the children can read and follow step
by step. They can also use their creativity and build their own circuit.
Children learn quickly about electrical circuits because unless they have a
complete circuit their creation will not work. It also helps to teach patience
and the importance of checking your work. Eventually, the children can start
writing directions for their own circuit creations.
my reading groups have started book clubs. The clay items and stop motion
camera will be used if book clubs choose to represent their book in video form
for their final project. I am excited once we start using these tools what the
children will create.
thank you for providing these unique learning experiences for my current
students and students in years to come. You’ve impacted over forty students
this year and will impact forty more students each school year. This is just a little sample of what we’ve
done in my classroom this year, we’ve received amazing support to make genuine
learning happen. I feel that STEM and
cross-curricular learning helps us to prepare our students for what they will
experience once they are out of the educational system and building their own
Theresa Kimbrough and Kerry Williams-
PreK received the STEAM
Park let of Legos with our grant. This has been a wonderful addition to our
fine motor and center time activities.
The students have really enjoyed the moveable parts they are able to
build with this set. Ramps, swings,
gears, are all implemented within center time.
The students also enjoy the force and motion pieces to use with cars and
the Lego people. They are already
beginning to follow the instruction cards to make some of the more difficult
park items. The cards are marked from
green for easy to blue for the more difficult pieces. We have seen creativity, problem-solving and
even improvising when pieces are already begin used by another student. We are seeing teamwork in action! Our Legos
STEAM Park will be used for many years to come.
We truly appreciate your generosity and investment into our littlest
Brown, Melissa Cain, Suzanne Frazier, Shannon Roberts, and Gina Taylor- Annex
A grant was awarded to the China Spring Annex
in order to purchase 10 new calculators. The calculators are used by the
students to assist them in completing lessons and preparing for the Algebra
STAAR test. Graphing calculators have been updated and improved over the years.
The updates have made the calculators more user-friendly. The grant has allowed
us to replace some of the older calculators that have bad screens and/or have
We are able to issue calculators to each
student in the DAEP program as well as the TAG program to use while they are at
school. The calculators enable students to easily evaluate functions by using
graphs and tables. Students are able to solve systems of equations graphically
as well as by using matrices. Students can graph equations to compare changes
in the parameters and make decisions on the type of translation. The students
can use the calculators to create tables for functions, answer questions, and
make predictions on functions. The graphing calculators have enabled students
to complete the courses needed for graduation such as Algebra I and II, Math
Models, Geometry, and Pre- Calculus.
Our Education Foundation grant was used to purchase a Bovine Breeder.
This tool has allowed students to get hands-on applications in animal
husbandry. So far 30 students have worked with this equipment and have had a
more well-rounded learning experience than in the past when all we could do was
watch videos and discuss the materials. The students and I are excited to
continue to use the Bovine Breeder and add to our curriculum.
Jenny Hoffman, Alicia Pulcine, and
Esther Boateng- Spanish Department
Opening a world
of opportunity for a lifetime of communication.
● Purchased 6 class sets of
Spanish readers with teacher support materials for $1331.00.
● Students in all levels of
Spanish have access to reading material that is appropriate for their
needs. Some students have read novels as
a class, and others have participated in SSR-style reading (LEER--selecting a
novel or reading material and reading at their own pace).
● All Spanish teachers have
access to leveled readers that are appropriate for each level of Spanish that
is offered at China Spring High School.
● Mrs. Hoffman has compiled a
Spanish reading library.
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Atricia Biesterfeld- 3rd-grade
school year, 2017-18, I was a proud recipient of an OSMO classroom kit and I
couldn’t have been more thrilled. It came with 4 sets of OSMO’s that allow
students to practice spelling, math facts, tangram shapes, and coding. All of
these activities help students to become problem solvers while reinforcing
skills needed to be successful in classroom lessons. Bonus: They love playing with OSMO!
I received 4 sets, I shared two of them with my teaching partner, Katy Bajer,
so that all of our kids can use them in both classroom settings. They love using them in stations on occasion
and even during WIN time when they have the option. I noticed some students learning to problem
solve as they work through the levels in numbers and also with coding. (those are the two I use most being in a math
setting). It is great for my STARS kids who come see us as well. They need help with math fluency at various
levels, which OSMO numbers allow.
you so much for providing the low tech enhancement to my classroom. My students
and I love them! It helps me provide
innovative and student-led lessons, which in turn allows me to work with
students on intervention/enrichment needs.
Billeaud- Middle School Dyslexia
The CSEF Grant monies provided the
older dyslexia students Phonics Based Chapter Book Sets. The book sets allowed
a class/group of dyslexia students the opportunity to read age/grade level
As part of the Dyslexia curriculum,
students are to read books as a group. Prior to receiving and reading these
books in the Dyslexia classes, students felt as if all they could read were
“baby” or “children’s” books. These sets gave them a sense of accomplishment
while reading high- interest stories; some of these students have not read,
enjoyed, and understood a book in their life.
Suzanne Thurman- 6th-grade teacher
The grant I received from the China
Spring Education Foundation gave the 6th-grade social studies teachers the
ability to offer all China Spring Intermediate 6th-grade students a valuable
teaching tool that can be used before, during and after social studies lesson.
The students really enjoy building background knowledge with Nearpod. Many of our students come from low
socioeconomic backgrounds. Those students may never travel outside of their
neighborhood. To expose them to virtual reality (VR) travel to foreign
countries introduces them to new and different places. Nearpod also offers
engaging lessons that can be easily tailored to the students’ and/or teacher’s
The grant also afforded the ability for
all 6th-grade teachers to implement some form of Nearpod in every subject. Unfortunately, I transferred to the Science
teacher’s role from years of teaching English Language Arts and Social
Studies. I have been able to use the
Science component to great success; however, the Social Studies teachers have
used the program a great deal. The
Social Studies curriculum is very lacking due to either nonexistent or outdated
materials. Nearpod’s information and VR
are up to date and relevant to today.
I want to thank the China Spring
Education Foundation for funding this innovative software. I am quite proud
that the 6th-grade Social Studies teachers have seen student engagement up,
grades up and participation as well.
Nearpod gives a good base on which to build inquiry-based thinking,
engagement, and the ability for students to “see” past their home area.
Nearpod has been and I
hope will continue to be a “big” component in the 6th-grade curriculum. I have
to admit that I am quite proud that our Instructional Technologists, Melissa
Adams, took interest in the program and brought it to others in the
district. I have heard a great deal of
positive feedback from others in the district.
Again, thank you so much for this beneficial grant.
Kelli Perry- High School Science
I would like to thank the
Education Foundation for the Education Grant that my department was awarded
last year. I was very excited to get the
new models for the Anatomy class. It has
already dramatically increased the learning of my students. The ability for them to use HANDS ON
materials was uplifting. I feel that
this will better prepare them to take advanced medical classes in college. They have been able to study the full system
and not just ones pieced together. I
have been able to increase their exposure and visualization to bones and
muscles, not just pictures and paper. I
was able to increase my rigor in the lab with more models that are a new
concept to the students. Practical tests
are also a new concept of testing to students when they go to college and I
want them to not have anxiety of this testing format that first year. I have seen an increase in the students
coming in to study the new models on their own time to prepare for the
tests. They are also working together
during this time quizzing each other. I could
still use more materials to bring the class up to standard and am working on
that slowly. The materials for anatomy
are not cheap, but I know in time I can get the reference materials that will
put our students above the others.
Vanessa Hopkins- 7th Grade Math
I was lucky enough to receive
two grants from the China Spring Education Foundation. I am so thankful for the alternative seating
tables you provided to my classroom last year.
The students have enjoyed them greatly.
We have worked collaboratively, individually, used them to present, and
give them something to work on. I love
having them in my classroom. I am
attaching some of the pictures I had of students getting full utilization of
this amazing seating. Thank you for
taking the time and effort to help me create an inviting atmosphere in my
class. The second grant was a classroom
set of headphones for our 7th and 8th-grade classes. We have put them to work on many occasions
and they are a valuable asset for testing and making sure we have the
opportunity to change up the lesson. Thank you for helping my classroom run
Mrs. Begesse - Elementary Technology
Jackie Bauman - Intermediate Reading Intervention
On behalf of the Reading
Intervention Program and our Literacy Library, we thank you for your
generous grant. The grant has provided us with an abundance of
multi-leveled readers used by our reading intervention groups as well as
our entire reading team at the intermediate campus. It is rewarding to
know that when teachers come to me looking for the perfect book to
teach a specific skill, on various grade levels that I have the
resources to share. The multi-leveled readers have been utilized by
teachers in guided reading groups, during class read alouds, and by the
student during independent practice. Thank you for supporting our
efforts to grow our students into reading gurus. We are so grateful to
reap the rewards from your notable act of kindness.