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Posted: April 8, 2015

Spring Horizon Awards Go to Dozens of Teachers, Schools

Nearly $75,000 was awarded recently through the APS Education Foundation grant program.

The APS Education Foundation has awarded nearly $75,000 to teachers and classrooms throughout the district in the spring 2015 cycle of the Horizon Awards.

Proposals in STEM, Literacy and Fine Arts classrooms were considered by teams of community members and members of the APS Education Foundation Board of Directors. Grant readers did not know the names of schools or teachers as they considered the submissions.

Winners of individual awards in the fine arts category were:

  • Cristal Wilson, Mark Twain Elementary School
  • Kari Reese, Jackson Middle School

In STEM, winners included:

  • Loralee Dimkoff, Emerson Elementary School
  • Francesca McIntire, Mountain View Elementary School
  • Evangeline Perea, Truman Middle School
  • Lucia Lower, Ventana Ranch Elementary School
  • Dominic Pettine, Washington Middle School
  • Jamie Escobedo, Eldorado High School
  • Rachel Livingston, Mark Twain Elementary School
  • Karen Garcia Spilllman, Longfellow Elementary School
  • Rona Gomez, Madison Middle School
  • Mary Sue Robinson, La Cueva High School
  • Chris Speck, Garfield Middle School

In Literacy, winners included:

  • Christine Beverly, Del Norte High School
  • Magdalena Strickland, Zuni Elementary School
  • Patricia Charley, Collet Park Elementary School
  • Megan Painter, Pajarito Elementary School
  • Mary Leonen, Eldorado High School
  • Christina Leonard, Osuna Elementary School
  • Rona Gomez, Madison Middle School
  • Samantha Hannah, McCollum Elementary School
  • Cindy Beene, Wilson Middle School
  • Sara Winsett, New Futures
  • Michael Lovato, Manzano Mesa, Elementary School

“Many of these project were beyond innovative,” said Phill Casaus, executive director of the Foundation. “Since 2010, we’ve been able to place hundreds and hundreds of thousands back into classrooms, which is what our board – and just as important, our many funders – are excited about.”

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