Wilkes County Schools Teacher Grants

C.B. Eller Teacher Grants

The C. B. Eller Education Fund was established in 1987 by friends and family of C.B. Eller. The grants are designed to improve the quality of education in Wilkes County by awarding grants for professional growth for public school teachers.  

Grants of up to $1,500 will be made for educational experiences, training, or projects that will result in teachers’ improved classroom effectiveness. Grants may be made for enrichment studies such as university study expeditions, self-designed educational experiences that focus on individual research, and specialized training through participation in seminar or conference programs.  


Priority is given to requests that demonstrate the following:

  • Impact on students
  • Professional development of the applicant
  • Connection of the educational experience/project to classroom content
  • The dissemination of activities and lessons to other educators

Only full or part-time educators employed by the Wilkes County School System who directly interact with students are eligible to apply. Previous winners are eligible to reapply three years after receiving an Eller grant.

Funds cannot be used for salary support of applicants, for graduate studies, for national board certification, or for add-on licensure.

2018 recipients
  • Andrew Kinder, CB Eller Elementary—$920 to attend the National PE & School Sport Institute in Asheville
  • Brittany Brady, Millers Creek Elementary—$1,300 to attend a Responsive Classroom Course for Elementary Educators in Durham, North Carolina
  • Erin Hunt, West Wilkes High—$1,300 to do an individual study of the changes in Biodiversity, Ecosystems, and Topography of National Parks in the Western United States
  • Kelly Pipes, Wilkes Early College High—$1,069 to attend the National Science Teachers Association in National Harbor, Maryland
  • Kristen Metz, Wilkes Central High—$700 to attend the North Carolina Art Education Association Conference in Asheville
  • Kyrie Krenz, Central Wilkes Middle—$1,200 to attend the American School Counselor Association Annual Conference in Los Angeles, California
  • Martha Peller, Wilkes Early College High—$1,069 to attend the National Science Teachers Association in National Harbor, Maryland
  • Thelma Kastl, West Wilkes Middle—$750 to attend the Hopscotch Design Festival in Raleigh, North Carolina

How to Apply

Applications for Wilkes County teacher grants will be available online in January 2020.

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