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Posted November 10, 2015

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Horizon Awards Go To Teachers, Schools Across the District

About $120,000 in grants were awarded by the APS Education Foundation for STEM, Fine Arts and Literacy.

Teachers from throughout the district went the extra mile, applying to the APS Education Foundation for grant money through the annual Horizon Awards campaign.

This week, dozens were rewarded.

The following teachers’ submissions were selected by committees of community members who read the grant applications. Teachers from throughout the district could submit applications in STEM, Fine Arts and Literacy. In all, 45 of 90 submissions were selected, with about $120,000 granted district-wide.

“It’s a testament to how much teachers care about their classrooms and students,” said Foundation  Executive Director Phill Casaus. “Writing grant submissions takes time and attention, and our committee members were impressed by what they read, particularly in terms of innovation and how that can lead to even more innovation.”

This year’s Horizon winners are:

Fine Arts

  • Lisa Ludvik of Onate Elementary School
  • Matthew Harris of West Mesa High School
  • AnnaMarie Antillon of Lyndon B. Johnson Middle School
  • Joliane (Lee) Theobald of the APS Fine Arts Department
  • Melissa Harris of Truman Middle School, who had two submissions granted
  • Steve Pinzone of Eisenhower Middle School
  • Megan Muirhead and Nicholas Prior of Eisenhower Middle School
  • Cynthia Ballantine of Garfield Middle School
  • A team grant written by Doug Bellen of Reginald Chavez Elementary School
  • Jan Delgado of APS Fine Arts/Dolores Gonzales Elementary School
  • Dale Simpkins of Hoover Middle School
  • A team grant written by Kelly Denisson of Jefferson Middle School
  • A team grant written by Marc LoPopolo of West Mesa High School
  • A team grant written by Elizabeth Taylor of Volcano Vista High School
  • Dawn Moore of Vision Quest
  • Abel Abeita of Valley High School

Literacy

  • A team grant written by Alice Salzwedel of Mitchell Elementary School
  • Angela Kunkel of Truman Middle School
  • Sara Winsett of New Future High School
  • Jovelyn Cruzada of Kit Carson Elementary School
  • Samantha Hannah of the APS Autism Center
  • Antonio Cruzada of George I. Sanchez K-8 School
  • Ira Cooper of Albuquerque High
  • Susanna Sprague of Sandia Mountain Nature Center
  • Gloria King of Eisenhower Middle School
  • Joseph Freeman of Kennedy Middle School
  • A team grant written by Carol Leyendecker of Van Buren Middle School.
  • A team grant written by Lauren Gutierrez of Coronado Elementary School
  • Christina Leonard of Osuna Elementary School
  • A team grant written by Misty Horning of Eldorado High School
  • A team grant written by Tracey Dowding of S.Y. Jackson Elementary

STEM

  • A team grant written by Adolphus Washington of Sandia High School
  • A team grant written by Becky O’Malia of North Star Elementary School
  • A team grant written by Tia Turner of Petroglyph Elementary School
  • A team grant written by Laura Williams of Desert Ridge Middle School
  • A team grant written by Lucia Lower of Ventana Ranch Elementary School
  • Aleli Colon of Van Buren Middle School
  • A team grant written by Tina Ecker of Lew Wallace Elementary School
  • A team grant written by Laura Flores of Rudolfo Anaya Elementary School
  • Kristen Bandy of Jimmy Carter Middle School
  • Natalie Martinez of Vision Quest
  • A team grant written by Mary Sue Laurel-Gatewood of East San Jose Elementary School
  • Amy Melia of Sierra Vista Elementary School
  • Sherie Pennebaker, Jefferson Middle School
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