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Posted: December 19, 2013

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Honors and Recognitions

10 APS Teachers Receive $12,000 via Teacher Partner Grants

For the fifth year, the Wells Fargo Golden Apple Foundation of New Mexico Teacher Partner Grants has put cash in classrooms.

Ten Albuquerque Public Schools teachers have been awarded Teacher Partner Program grants totaling more than $12,000. The Teacher Partner grants provide one-time funding for projects aimed to enrich students and create educational opportunities in New Mexico. The program is a partnership between Wells Fargo and the Golden Apple Foundation of New Mexico.

Grant recipients are:

  • Jennifer Abeyta, Painted Sky ES ($1,9500)
  • Lacy Fullbright, Rio Grande HS ($2,892.74)
  • Anne Gamlin, Dolores Gonzales ES ($434.41)
  • Barbara Henry, Georgia O'Keeffe ES ($999.70)
  • Agapita Hopkins, Chaparral ES ($1,000)
  • Julie Kerbleski, Mission Ave. ES ($2,700)
  • Jennie Pace, A. Montoya ES ($622.74)
  • April Requard, North Start ES ($3,000)
  • Dottie Rush-Hounshell, Georgia O'Keeffe ($752)
  • Elias Vigil, S.Y. Jackson ES ($1,000)

The APS teachers were among 27 across New Mexico who received grants totaling $49,701. Since 2009, the Teacher Partner grant has awarded 155 grants totaling more than $224,000 and impacting over 21,000 students. This year, the grants help New Mexico teachers and K-12 students by funding special needs and projects up to $1,000 per classroom or $3,000 school wide. Grants can be issued in four areas:

  • Classroom books or supplies for specific instructional unit
  • Educational field trips and associated in class lessons
  • Classroom technology
  • Professional development (including conferences and seminars).

“Wells Fargo is proud to support New Mexico’s educators and is committed to supporting opportunities that will enrich our children’s academic experience,” said Lisa Riley, Regional President for Wells Fargo’s New Mexico/Western Border Region. “We are particularly excited that these grants will directly help teachers and impact students in our state.”

“With schools and districts so challenged today to meet even basic classroom needs, Wells Fargo’s generous giving through these school-wide and classroom grants provides a wonderful benefit for the students of New Mexico,” said Brian O’Connell, Golden Apple executive director. “Over 5,000 students will be served by the 27 grants.”

Teachers submitted applications from August through October for consideration. Fifty school-wide and individual classroom grant requests were received and a committee comprised of Golden Apple Foundation Fellows, Wells Fargo team members, and community leaders reviewed the grant requests and made recommendations for 27 grants.


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