CenturyLink Awards 310 classrooms with STEM technology grants

During the past six weeks, employees in our local markets have presented the 2016-2017 CenturyLink Clarke M. Williams Foundation’s Teachers and Technology grants.

The program awards grants of up to $5,000 to pre-Kindergarten to 12th grade teachers who outline plans to innovatively implement technology in their classrooms. Across the United States, more than 2,300 grant applications were submitted – more than double our total number of applications from last year. The Foundation funded 310 classroom grants totaling nearly $1.4 million. Applications were reviewed anonymously and grants were awarded based on the impact they will have on students in the classroom and the overall innovation of the project.

STEM education is vital as students prepare for the careers of the future and we are excited to partner with local schools to put technology in the hands of their students. This year’s projects demonstrate the wide range of opportunity and need in our schools. From gifted to special education classes and English to Robotics, teachers are finding ways to leverage today’s technology to engage their students and help them learn.

View the complete list of the CenturyLink 2016-2017 Teachers and Technology grant recipients here and see below for photos from local check presentations.

We will begin taking applications for the 2017-2018 program on October 1, 2017 through our online application site. Applications will be accepted through January 12, 2018.

Teachers and Technology - Washington
Andrew Moore, teacher at Ridge View Elementary School in Spokane, WA, received a Teachers and Technology grant for his project "Tablets for Young Programmers and Authors".
Teachers and Technology - Nevada
Teacher Tara Albidrez received a $5,000 grant for her project "Follow your wondering" Tara teaches at the Piggott Academy of International Studies in Las Vegas, NV.
Teachers and Technology - Colorado
Peak to Peak Charter School teachers Michelle Eckstein and Tracy Cloninger in Lafayette, CO received Teachers and Technology grants totaling $10,000  for their projects "Running with Robotics" and "Chromebooks for Gifted Classroom.
Teachers and Technology - Pennsylvania
Bill Wise, Region Operations Manager, and Tom Houck, Region Operations Supervisor, presented Mrs. Sarah Folkenroth of Susquenita Elementary School in Duncannon, PA  a Teachers and Technology check for her project "Connecting Students  through STEM Technology".
Teachers and Technology - Florida
Dr. Marsha Sanders, Astoria Park Elementary School principal, accepts a $5,000 Teachers and Technology grant for the project "Say Yes to iPad: Increasing Proficiency & Achievement Data".
Teachers and Technology - Washington
Sue Anderson, CenturyLink's Vice President of Operations for Washington, presents a CenturyLink Teachers and Technology grant at McMicken Heights Elementary School in Sea Tac, WA. The grant was presented to teacher Nancy Shi and Principal Alexandria Haas for Nancy's project, "Flexible Thinking in the Classroom". 
Teachers and Technology - Minnesota
Mark Galles, Region Operations Supervisor for CenturyLink, presents a Teachers and Technology grant to Darlene Brown and Tanya Marvel of Maranatha Christian Academy for their project Decoding Dyslexia through Technology.
Video: CenturyLink Market Development Manager Rachel Montemayor had great news to share with Gaffney Lane School teachers Liz Wong and Danielle Butler. The Oregon City, OR teachers received more than $8,000 in grants for their projects "Technology for Curriculum Access for Students with Special Needs" and "Robots Lead the Way to STEM Learning".
Teachers and Technology - Idaho
Jim Schmit, CenturyLink's Vice President of Operations for Idaho, Montana and Wyoming, presents a Teachers and Technology grant check to Dr. Paul Verhage of the Treasure Valley Math and Science Center in Boise, ID.
Teachers and Technology - North Carolina
CenturyLink representatives Ryan McLaurin, Joey Stephenson, Derek Kelly, Julie Spatorico and Tim McLeod presented a Teachers and Technology grant to Dawn Collins and Laura Ransom at Gallberry Farm Elementary in support of Laura's project, "The Makerspace Movement: Using Technology to Problem Solve".  
Teachers and Technology - Texas
Teachers at Clarke Elementary School in Fort Hood, TX, plan to use their super powers to integrate their CenturyLink Teachers and Technology grant for the project "Learning Expeditions". 
Teachers and Technology - Ohio
Herb Cavanah, CenturyLink Regional Operations Manager - Ohio, and Josh Motzer, State Regulatory and Legislative Affairs Director - Ohio, present Sarah High of Bellefontaine High School a Teachers and Technology grant for her project "Teaching to Create Empowered Learners: The 21st Century Math Classroom".
Teachers and Technology - Arizona
Hailey Elementary's Mary Horn (left center) received a CenturyLink Teachers & Technology grant. Mary is one of 29 teachers in Arizona to be awarded funds to purchase STEM related materials to enhance classroom learning.
Teachers and Technology - Iowa
Chris Bailey and her students at Blessed Maria Assunta Pallotta in Waterloo, IA are excited to have more technology in their classroom thanks to Chris' project "Engaging Students in STEM+".


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