Tomball Education Foundation Awards TISD Educators with 2020-2021 Grants

TOMBALL - The Tomball Education Foundation awarded Tomball ISD educators at eight different campuses grants totaling $43,330.52 to be used on innovative projects they submitted through the grant process. 

The Tomball Education Foundation provides funds for educational projects and activities that are beyond traditional funding. Funds are used to facilitate student achievement and skill development, recognize and encourage staff excellence, and expand community involvement from individuals, businesses and civic organizations.

Since 2018, TEF has awarded over $150,000 in grants to Tomball ISD teachers.

Congratulations to the 2020-2021 Grant Recipients: 


BE AN INFLUENCER | $4613.80

Creekside Forest Elementary  

Cecelia Lummus

Schanen Rivera

Michelle Bisig

 $4613 grant for the equipment necessary to allow students to publicly celebrate their successes by photographing them, digitally editing them, uploading them to a constant slide show that shows on monitors in the MODS of the school. This process will support the Great Expectations Goals of the school, it will create 21st Century learners, it will prepare our students for a lifetime of social media influencing, it will recognize the academic greatness in our school and, most of all, it will influence others to do great things too!


THE BLENDED ART ROOM – LEADING IN CREATING THE FUTURE | $3815.81

Creekside Forest Elementary

Michelle Bisig

Elementary students will apply what they know about using traditional art materials while learning the fundamentals of digital drawing and painting. Through the use of this $3525 grant, students will have access to an iPad, an Apple Pencil, and the free app Autodesk Sketchbook. The concepts and practices that will be covered are essential in becoming successful digital artists. By learning these foundational concepts now, students will be able to enter junior high and high school ready to utilize and expand even further upon what they have learned.


SOARING WITH DRONES | $2909.95

Tomball High School and Tomball Junior High School

Regina Garceau

Jennifer Fenn

 Drones are more than flying objects. This $2909.95 grant will allow Engineering and Robotics students to explore how drones are made and the technologies that are used for capturing the concepts that are applied and used in the real world. Students will investigate the many uses of drones from inspecting building structures to the future of drones in careers.


DRONES IN SCHOOL | $1633.89

Tomball High School

Jennifer Fenn

$1633.89 grant for the development of various skills related to engineering, designing, marketing, project management, and operating a drone. During a Drone in School Season, successful teams will follow a continuous process that leads them through planning, designing, making, testing, and racing. Each team of 3-6 students will design a drone; will make their drone design by creating a frame and assembling the various components. When testing the drone, it may not perform as expected. Students will return to the planning phase to evaluate what went wrong and learn from their mistakes. To be successful, each team will continually make improvements throughout the entire season. By documenting these improvements, students create a quality portfolio or portfolio of work that will be useful for the future!


READING FOR INDEPENDENCE AND INCLUSIVITY, C-PEN READER TECHNOLOGY | $2000.00

Tomball Junior High School

Tara Towler

Brea Timmons

 $2000 grant for the purchase of C-Pen Readers that special education students with specific learning abilities will use to take responsibility for their learning and promote independence. Oftentimes a self-contained student who attends some general education classes must wait for a paraprofessional to assist them. These paraprofessionals are often occupied with multiple students studying a multitude of materials. The C-Pen reader not only encourages independent reading, but also provides the opportunity of having students’ accommodations met discreetly thus promoting a more inclusive environment!


EMPOWERED WITH SKILLS FOR LIFE – SECOND STEP | $2749.00

Tomball Connections Academy

Jennifer McCready

Bob Thompson

 $2749 grant for the purchase of the web-based program known as Second Step. Based on the latest research in adolescent development, Second Step helps equip students with the skills and knowledge they need to regulate their emotions, better understand and connect with peers, avoid and resolve conflicts, and foster a growth mindset. Together, these skills and mindsets contribute to a positive school climate that promotes both academic and social success.


MIGHTIER SELF-CALMING LEARNING LAB | $2184.00

Tomball Intermediate School

Gwendolyn Pitarra

Myriam Khan

 The goal for the TIS Mightier Self-Calming Learning Lab grant would be to improve students’ emotional intelligence and self-regulation abilities. Students would be provided daily opportunities to put on their heart monitor tracker, play the computer games, and utilize self-calming strategies to reinforce and practice their skills. This would empower students to realize that they do have control over themselves and help them practice strategies that are reinforced in the PASS and AB programs, ultimately making the calming strategies automatic.


SUSTAINABLE NATIVE TEXAS OUTDOOR ECOSYSTEM AND LEARNING SPACE | $1466.36

Tomball Intermediate School

Allison Bearden

Shelly Sheffield

 The goal of the project funded by this $1466.36 grant is to create a safe haven for migrating Monarch, as well as other pollinating insects. This is a hands-on, service-learning project that will create a sustainable native Texas ecosystem, as well as create a space to integrate science, technology, engineering, and math curriculum for all students involved. This will be used for year-round natural science observations and experiential outdoor learning! It will include collaborations with our Habitat Team composed of teachers, administrators, volunteers, and our 5th & 6th grade students.


UP CLOSE & VIRTUAL: VIRTUAL REALITY IN ART, MUSIC, & PHYSICAL EDUCATION | $4901.90

Grand Oaks Elementary

Meredith Holmes

Stephanie Scott

Timothy Trammell

Gaylynn Anderson

Jessica Hughes

Candice Turner

Using virtual reality headsets in the art, music, and physical education classrooms allows students of all socioeconomic statuses, cultural backgrounds, and abilities to immerse themselves in real-world opportunities that they would not otherwise be exposed to. Although nothing perfectly captures life’s experiences, virtual reality headsets allow for more immersive and interactive learning. In a rapidly changing world, it is our responsibility as Tomball ISD educators to uphold our mission statement to educate students to become responsible, productive citizens by providing innovative, individually rigorous, and personally valuable educational experiences.


HEADPHONES FOR BILINGUAL STUDENTS | $4973.36

Canyon Pointe Elementary

Ana Woodall

$4,973.36 grant for Canyon Pointe bilingual students to have consistent access to headphones with microphone. This tool is key for the application and practice of language acquisition programs. Most importantly, this project will promote the development of listening and speaking language skills for our second language learners.


COMPUTER SCIENCE INTEGRATED INTO THE CURRICULUM | $5000.00

Lakewood Elementary

Laurie Taylor

Heather Oliver

Ngoc Huynh

 Computer Science drives innovation and is a large part of students’ futures. This $5000 grant will ensure that students not only have access to Computer Science, but also love learning across the curriculum through the use of robotics. With this exposure to Computer Science, students will be prepared to become future ready learners and will be given design thinking opportunities to expand their existing love of learning.



FROM DIGITAL CONSUMERS TO CREATORS | $5000.00

Lakewood Elementary

Laurie Taylor

With this $5000 grant, students will shift from consuming digital information to creating their own digital products by using multiple creative apps. Digital Learning products will be uploaded to personalized portfolios to show student growth as well as to a student website. The entire school will have access to a special school website so that all students can learn the curriculum from one another. The goal of this project is for the learner to become the leader!



OPTIMIZING SCIENCE WITH MIXED-REALITY AND STEM PROJECTS | $2082.45

Lakewood Elementary

Ngoc Huynh

This program will enhance science lessons by effectively using virtual models as well as enhanced technology to provide engaging activities lessons that will reach all types of learners. During these challenging times, viable alternatives to physical teaching aides is not only helpful but necessary. This technology will expand our STEM program with mixed reality by allowing students to collaborate remotely with hybrid STEM projects. Students will have the opportunity to experience a technology that is bound to shape our future with easy set up and field trips with 360-degree videos. Given the circumstances, this program will be the best way to safely have students explore concepts outside of the learning environment while remaining in the classroom!


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ABOUT THE TOMBALL EDUCATION FOUNDATION 
The Tomball Education Foundation, founded in 2017, is an independent, non-profit corporation established by parents, local businesses, civic organizations, alumni and community leaders to make a positive impact on public education. The Foundation is governed by a board of directors who represent a cross-section of the community and have a sincere interest in the Tomball Independent School District's students and their success. 

ABOUT TOMBALL ISD
Tomball ISD educates students to become responsible, productive citizens by providing innovative, individually rigorous, and personally valuable educational experiences. Founded in 1908, Tomball ISD now encompasses 83 square miles in northwest Harris County and southwest Montgomery County, and is located approximately 30 miles from downtown Houston. The district currently educates over 19,000 students at 21 campuses.

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