Press release
April 11, 2018

2018 Forsyth County Teacher Grants Announced

The Winston-Salem Foundation is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2018 Forsyth County Teacher Grants for professional development to K-12th grade teachers in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools. A total of $63,317 was granted to 38 teacher grantees (see following pages). The selection committee, comprised of a panel of professional educators, made the awards in support of innovative and results-oriented educational experiences for teachers to improve their teaching ability and enhance the subject or content being taught in the classroom.

The Winston-Salem Foundation is most appreciative of the following component funds that provided funding for this year’s Forsyth County Teacher Grants:

  • Sam and Anne Booke Family Trust was established in 1989 by family members of Sam and Anne Booke to improve the quality of life in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County. Grants fund professional development opportunities for PK-12 teachers in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools.
  • Gaddy Educator Fund was established in 1995 by Dr. Joe E. Gaddy, Jr. to provide grants for the professional staff at R. J. Reynolds High School. Dr. Gaddy graduated from Reynolds High School in 1963, completed his undergraduate degree at Davidson College and his medical degree at UNC-Chapel Hill.
  • Doris Joyce Kohfeldt Educator Fund was established in 2016 by Joyce Kohfeldt to help support and sustain the Foundation's Teacher Grants program in Forsyth County. Particular emphasis may be given to teachers in public schools, grades pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, to provide funds to support professional development opportunities and/or to subsidize classroom projects.
  • Maytrice Walton Fund was established in 1989 by the family of the late Maytrice Walton, one of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools’ most remarkable teachers. The funds are used for professional growth opportunities and enrichment for a Winston-Salem/Forsyth County elementary teacher.
  • Blanche Raper Zimmerman Fund was established in 1986 by Mrs. Zimmerman and provides assistance for teachers to increase their understanding of and appreciation for various world cultures, with preference for teachers of social studies or history.

The Winston-Salem Foundation is a community foundation that supports charitable programs in the greater Forsyth County area. Founded in 1919 with a $1,000 gift, it now administers 1,450 funds and had total custodial assets of more than $605 million at the end of 2017. In 2017, the Foundation granted $46.3 million to charitable causes, almost $2.9 million of which was through its Community Grants program. Learn more at www.wsfoundation.org.

Forsyth County Teacher Grants - 2018 Award Recipients

  • Amie Snow - Ibraham Elementary School - $2,500 to attend the Writing Institute at Teachers College, Columbia University
  • Anna Rubin - Winston-Salem Preparatory Academy - $1,313 to attend the TESOL International Convention and English Language Expo
  • Camille Lee-Hicks - WS/FCS Instructional Services - $1,600 to attend a four-day Restorative Practices training
  • Candace Scott - Forest Park Elementary School - $2,500 to attend the SIOP national conference
  • Catherine Garrity - Hall-Woodward Elementary School - $900 to attend educator training at the Ron Clark Academy
  • Cherri White - WS/FCS Instructional Services - $2,376 to attend the Teaching Learning Coaching conference
  • Christina Roy - Forest Park Elementary School - $2,375 to attend the SIOP national conference
  • Claire Bonin - WS/FCS Instructional Services - $1,600 to attend a four-day Restorative Practices training
  • Edith McBurney - The Special Children's School - $1,815 for a five-day TEACCH training
  • Elia Spencer - Clemmons Elementary School - $1,550 to attend the Conscious Discipline Summer Institute
  • Ellen Gordon - Downtown Elementary School - $2,265 to attend the Fay B. Kaigler Children's Book Festival
  • Gina Pruitt - Wiley Middle School - $2,406 to attend a workshop on visualizing and verbalizing for language comprehension and thinking
  • Heather Barto Wiley - R.J. Reynolds High School - $1,000 to attend the National Conference for Teachers of English
  • Heather Hahn - Walkertown High School - $1,400 to attend the National Council for Social Studies conference
  • Iris Mudd - Meadowlark Middle School - $906 to attend the National Science Teacher Association annual conference
  • Jamie Michael - Ward Elementary School - $810 to attend the Get Your Teach On conference
  • Jennifer Long - East Forsyth Middle School - $2,350 for an interactive Shakespeare collaboration workshop for teachers and students
  • Karen Morris - R.J. Reynolds High School - $2,500 to attend the National Magnet Schools of America conference
  • Kathryn Tart - Easton Elementary School - $294 to attend Fall in Love with Close Reading training
  • Khara Howe - Easton Elementary School - $475 to attend the Orff-Schulwerk Level II workshop
  • Kristen McKillop - Sedge Garden Elementary School - $2,500 for reading and writing training
  • Lauren Schaefer - Parkland IB Magnet School - $1,650 to attend the National Council for Social Studies conference
  • Leslie Martin - West Forsyth High School - $2,500 for a cultural immersion experience in Eastern Europe
  • Lindsey Hayes - Clemmons Elementary School - $770 to attend the Get Your Teach On conference
  • Lourdes Pagan - Paisley IB Middle School - $2,500 to attend the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese conference
  • Maria Spaventa - Speas Elementary School - $2,500 to partner with international schools
  • Mary Kathryn  Bowman Choat - Hanes Magnet School - $2,500 to attend the World Adult Wind Orchestra Project
  • Melissa Edwards - Smith Farm Elementary School - $2,500 to attend the National Council of Teachers of English annual convention
  • Michelle Lewis - Cash Elementary School - $1,210 to attend an Orton-Gillingham training course
  • Milton J. Cepeda - WS/FCS Instructional Services - $1,485 to attend the National Association of School Psychologists convention
  • Nancy Smoot - Cook Elementary School - $1,200 to attend a training on integrating LEGOs in the STEM classroom
  • Natalie Norman - Hanes Magnet School - $1,332 to attend the National Science Teacher Association STEM Forum
  • Nicholas Sebesta - Ward Elementary School - $1,260 to attend educator training at the Ron Clark Academy
  • Ruth McKenney - East Forsyth High School - $2,500 to attend a four-day Restorative Practices training
  • Serena DAgostino - Hall-Woodward Elementary School - $900 to attend educator training at the Ron Clark Academy
  • Shannon Dobson - WS/FCS Instructional Services - $1,600 to attend a four-day Restorative Practices training
  • Shaun Howe - Vienna Elementary School - $475 to attend the Orff-Schulwerk Level II workshop
  • Stephen Langford - R.J. Reynolds High School - $1,000 to attend the National Council of Teachers of English annual convention