As students nationwide headed back into the classroom, Kinetic stepped in to help show appreciation to teachers with a chance to win a $1,000 classroom grant. Students and local community members were able to say why they think their teacher is particularly special and deserving of a grant.
“She is selfless and always puts her students’ needs ahead of her own,” wrote Sherri M. in her nomination for Laura Evans at Hodgenville Elementary School in Hodgenville, Kentucky.
This year's winners represent 16 of the 18 states in Kinetic’s footprint.
The nomination for Angelique Cherry at Hunters Glen Elementary School ELC in Missouri City, Texas included high praise: “I’ve known Ms. Cherry for 10 years, I have watched her tirelessly accomplish all of the goals she has set forth. I nominate her due to her resilient efforts of ensuring our next generation of kids will excel in whatever they put their minds to as she did.”
Below is the list of grant recipients.
- Haylee Shoaff, Coldwater Elementary School, Anniston, Alabama
- Shelly Gibson, Vilonia Middle School, Vilonia, Arkansas
- Cammie Foshee, Robert H. Jenkins Jr. Elementary School, Interlachen, Florida
- Felicia Poole, Wilkinson County High School, McIntyre, Georgia
- Anthony Nunez Sr., West Harrison CSD, Mondamin, Iowa
- Laura Evans, Hodgenville Elementary School, Hodgenville, Kentucky
- Carrie Kuhn, Wheaton Elementary School, Wheaton, Missouri
- Annie Catania, Dundee Elementary School, Omaha, Nebraska
- Lanette Pierce, Taylor Elementary School, Hobbs, New Mexico
- Zach Lois, H.W. Smith Elementary School, Syracuse, New York
- Holly McLaughlin, Oakboro Choice Stem School, Oakboro, North Carolina
- Robyn Lannon, Park Elementary School, Chardon, Ohio
- Angelika McClister, Herald Elementary School, Collinsville, Oklahoma
- Connie Zimmerman, Conneaut Lake Elementary School, Conneaut Lake, Pennsylvania
- Matthew Helm, Carolina Springs Middle School, Lexington, South Carolina
- Angelique Cherry, Hunters Glen Elementary School ELC, Missouri City, Texas
“Mr. Helm isn't like other history teachers. He gets us to do hands-on activities in order to learn and he believes that the best way to learn is to get involved with the situation,” a student wrote about Matthew Helm from Carolina Springs Middle School in Lexington, South Carolina.
As technology continues to remain an essential supply for teachers nationwide, the grant will be used for school supplies for classrooms dedicated to student education. Winners must be licensed teachers, actively teaching students who are residents of the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Texas.
“I have never met a teacher more compassionate, caring, enthusiastic, or dedicated to her students,” wrote Jacqueline S. about Shelly Gibson at Vilonia Middle School in Vilonia, Arkansas. “Mrs. Gibson goes above and beyond in supporting each student's educational and personal goals. She truly inspires a love of learning and makes each class as fun as it is educational. She remains in contact with many of her students as they move on from her class, continuing to offer support and encouragement throughout their lives. She is the kind of teacher you always remember and can always count on, even years after you graduate. No one cares more or does a better job than Mrs. Gibson. She pours her heart and soul into every class and every student. I cannot imagine anyone more deserving of this award!”
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