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Idaho School Teachers Receive approximately $70,000 in Grants from the CenturyLink Foundation for Innovative Technology Projects

BOISE, Idaho – CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) recently announced the fifteen Idaho winners of the CenturyLink Foundation’s Teachers and Technology grant program, administered by the Idaho Department of  Education. The program awards teachers in CenturyLink’s local service areas who have innovatively implemented technology in their classroom to increase student achievement.

The teachers will use the funds to purchase technology with which to engage students and supplement their curriculum: 

  • LeAnn Castor, a teacher at Vision Charter School in Caldwell, was awarded $5,000 to purchase iPad Minis and tripods that her students will use to create stop motion animated videos.
  • Shaun Cornwell, a teacher at Sacajawea Elementary School in Caldwell, was awarded approximately $5,000 to purchase netbooks for his students to use for “Quadblogging,” a modern twist on the pen pal in which students blog with classes from around the world.
  • Sandy Powell, a teacher at Emmett High School in Emmett, was awarded $5,000 for camera equipment for students to capture high-speed and time-lapsed videos of science experiments.
  • Brad Fackrell, a teacher at Purple Sage Elementary School in Caldwell, was awarded $5,000 for power and data upgrades to the school’s Extended Classroom Research and Presentation Center, as well as to purchase camera equipment and iPad Minis for students to use in a variety of classes.
  • Glen Croft, a teacher at ATLAS School in Middleton, was awarded $5,000 to purchase iPads and accessories for students to use in a variety of classroom activities, including developing financial plans and learning about business writing.
  • Melisa LaPrath, a teacher at Ridgeline High School in Nampa, was awarded approximately $5,000 to purchase MacBooks and iAuthor software so that students will have access to books with interactive features such as diagrams, galleries and 3D objects.
  • Sean Boston, a teacher at Capital High School, was awarded approximately $5,000 to purchase technology rich lab equipment that will expand the depth of analysis in labs and the number of labs that can be offered.
  • Kristine Ablin-Stone, a teacher at Borah High School, was awarded $5,000 to purchase iPads and a secure charging cart, which will be utilized by English Language Learner students to enhance daily assignments, projects and collaborative project work in multiple classes.
  •  Alison Ruoff, a teacher at Eagle Hills Elementary School, was awarded approximately $5,000 to purchase ThinkPads, software and collaborative student desks to create a Kindergarten Hypermedia Studio to give students a place to continue their learning in a collaborative environment and allow them to create digital media projects.
  • Kellie Taylor, a teacher at Galileo STEM Academy, was awarded approximately $5,000 to purchase laptops and robotic sets that students can use to work collaboratively in pairs.
  • Shannon Phillips and Amy Brown, teachers at Meridian High School, were awarded approximately $5,000 to purchase iPads and accessories to help them motivate students to engage in creation and design and will provide opportunities for students to improve their writing, critical thinking, presentation skills and abilities.
  • Susan Dransfield, a teacher at Mary McPherson Elementary School, was awarded approximately $4,000 to purchase digital video cameras, tripods, a laptop and accessories for her students to use to create a video textbook to explain the layers of the earth and the rock cycle.
  •  Jenni Jacobson, a teacher at Harrison Elementary School, was awarded approximately  $3,500 to purchase iPads and accessories, as well as recording microphones, to help kindergarten students learn to identify the alphabet, speak the sounds of the alphabet and recognize sight words.
  • Arik Durfee, a teacher at the Compass Academy in Idaho Falls, was awarded approximately $5,000 to purchase video equipment and accessories for students to create an educational YouTube channel called “Science in Slow Motion” where they can publish student-made videos.
  • Trevor Jensen, a teacher at Beutler Middle School, was awarded approximately $2,000 to purchase an iMac computer, as well as a digital audio recorder and tripod, to create a dedicated video editing station for producing and sharing educational videos.

“These teachers know and understand the important role technology can play in the classroom to help individualize instruction and raise academic achievement for every student,” State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna said. “I am grateful to the CenturyLink Foundation for its continued commitment to Idaho’s teachers and students every year as they work to bring these innovative ideas to life and create a 21st century classroom in every school.”

“The selection committee, which included representatives from the Idaho Department of Education, reviewed more than 70 applications and was very impressed with the number of entries and overall excellence of the grant proposals,” Schmit said. “There are many teachers in Idaho who are doing innovative things with technology in their classrooms. This is a great opportunity for the CenturyLink Foundation to make a positive difference in students’ lives by identifying some of those teachers, recognizing them for their outstanding work, and supporting them in further expanding their use of technology. Over the years, we have found that students are genuinely excited to experience the learning opportunities provided by these teachers through their creative use of technology.”

About the CenturyLink Foundation

CenturyLink’s vision is to improve lives, strengthen businesses and connect communities by delivering advanced technologies and solutions with honest and personal service. CenturyLink extends this vision through the CenturyLink Clarke M. Williams Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to contributing to endeavors that improve the well-being and overall quality of life for people throughout CenturyLink’s communities. Named after CenturyLink’s founder Clarke M. Williams, the Foundation is endowed by CenturyLink to support community initiatives that encourage our employees to use their time, talents and resources to strengthen the communities in which they live and work.