WSD Foundation Awards $10,000 in Annual Teacher Grants

The Wentzville School District Foundation has announced the winners of the Foundation’s 2017 Teacher and Building Mini-Grants. On Friday, May 5th, Foundation Directors Dr. Curtis Cain and Mary LaPak handed out 12 checks totaling $6,000 to deserving teachers at ten different WSD buildings. In addition, Holt High, Timberland High, Heritage Elementary and Stone Creek Elementary received Foundation Building Grants totaling $4,000. The WSD Foundation has awarded over $73,000 to District teachers since 2004. Congratulations to these outstanding educators who are doing great things in our classrooms!

  • Keri Skeeters, Greg Lawrence, Samantha Knoll & Amanda Moody – WSD Film Festival
  • Sydney Swanson, Holt High – Audacious Author’s Literary Magazine
  • Christina Wilson Smith, Wentzville Middle – Drumming Around the World
  • Teresa Clark (Ratchet Rockers Mentor) – Updated Scouting Technology for WSD Robotics Team
  • Erik Bruner, Pearce Hall – Good Morning, Wentzville!
  • Patricia Million, Heritage Primary – Flexible Seating
  • Diane Toney, Boone Trail Elementary – Break Out Boxes
  • Amanda Buhr, South Middle School – Novel Engineering
  • Julia Luetkenhaus & Doug Leonard – Using Virtual Reality to Enhance Classroom Learning
  • Laura Ives & Kim Wright, Frontier Middle – Novel Engineering
  • Rich Curran, Wabash Elementary – Flexible Seating
  • Jill Auchly, Emily DuBois, Ashley Blanton, Prairie View Elementary – SPED Coffee Cart
  • Danielle Eads, Timberland High – Understanding Visual Impairments
  • Building Grant: Debi George, Holt and Elizabeth Faron, Timberland – Lit Fest
  • Building Grant: Stacey Rosemann & Elizabeth Rowe, Heritage – Heritage Helping Hands Home
  • Building Grant: Cherie Boren, Teresa Durbala, Jennifer Caimi & Paige Echimovich – Mobile Demonstration Kitchen
  • Building Grant: Alice Mosquera & Melissa Armbruster, Stone Creek Elementary – Building Reading One Book at a Time  

The selection committee is comprised of Wentzville School District Foundation Directors. The grants are designed to reward educators for their resourceful and innovative ideas and strategies that benefit the education of our children. Winners were selected based on the following criteria:

  • Clearly defined, feasible purpose, goals and objectives
  • Clearly defined evaluation process
  • Well planned activities related to objectives
  • Measurable objectives and learner outcomes
  • Creative, innovative and practical ideas

The Wentzville School District Foundation is an independent, non-profit organization whose mission is to develop community support for public education and for the students and teachers of the Wentzville School District. The Foundation was established in 2001 on the belief that education is critical to society, that teachers have the power to be catalysts for student success, and that our community can be an agent for positive change. For more information about the WSD Foundation or to make a donation, please visit the District website at

Last modified: Monday, 15 May 2017, 4:15 PM