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This summer, a select group of Katy ISD teachers will be travelling to destinations like Puerto Rico, France, Alaska and Thailand as part of the Fund for Teachers Grant program. The program selects teachers across the country to participate in learning experiences around the globe to enrich personal and professional growth.

This year’s grant recipients are:

  • Margaret Frank, Schmalz Elementary Frank will study habitat diversity of the nature reserves in Puerto Rico, in a Spanish language immersion setting
  • Teresa Chardola, Seven Lakes High School Chardola will attend a language immersion school in France and visit major Parisian monuments to create a Paris unit for classroom use
  • Stephanie Montez and David Montez, Katy Junior High Stephanie and David will participate in the “Science at Sea” Alaskan study trip
  • Natalie Sansom, Creech Elementary Sansom will explore the cultural and natural environments of Thailand, while developing an art exchange and cross-cultural learning program

Katy ISD’s teachers received more than $20,000 in funding through the Fund for Teachers grant this year.  Past Katy ISD grant recipients participated in a wide variety of expeditions, including: exploring Hawaii’s active volcanoes; studying Islam through Morocco’s political, social and economic development; and trekking across Laos learning about the Hmong culture.

Fund for Teachers enriches the personal and professional growth of teachers by recognizing and supporting them as they identify and pursue opportunities around the globe that will have the greatest impact on their practice, the academic lives of their students and on their school communities.  For more information, visit www.fundforteachers.org.

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