Rockwall ISD Education Foundation awards more than $24K in grants to teachers

Rockwall ISD Education Foundation awards more than $24K in grants to teachers

Pullen Elementary RecipientsROCKWALL, TX (Nov. 7, 2022) More than $24,000 in innovative teaching grants was awarded to teachers for the 2022-2023 school year thanks to the Rockwall ISD Education Foundation.

Each year, the REF invites teachers to submit a grant application for an innovative project that engages students and teachers in creative and challenging ways. This year, eight grants submissions were selected as the recipients.

REF board members, district board members and other community supporters surprised each group of recipients at their campus accompanied by Rockwall-Heath High School drum line for the South campuses and Rockwall High School drum line for the North campuses.

“We love giving away money to teachers with great ideas,” REF board member Cindy Tayem said during campus visits.

Dr. Gene Burton College & Career Academy

Fashion Design teacher Renee Aube and Manufacturing teacher Leslie Reese from the Dr. Gene Burton College & Career Academy joined forces, so their grant could benefit more students. The fashion design students will create a large quilt for competitions and the manufacturing students will build a case that will safely hold the quilt. The quilt will be donated to a local nursing home once the competition season ends.

“To collaborate and partner with manufacturing is amazing,” said Aube. “We are always helping each other and collaborating with them.”

Nebbie Williams Elementary Recipients

Congratulations to the following recipients:

Project LIF (Special Programs)

Amber Waggoner – “Community Transportation Training”


Nebbie Williams Elementary

Lauren Milam, Kathleen Elam, Kristi Routen, Lori Elits, Melody Carrillo, Mary Ann Benavides, Susan McIntire, Jenny Kubiak, Ken Alvarez, Jennifer Appelwick – “STEAMakers”


Pullen Elementary

Nicole Crowell, Kari Wiedeman, Janelle Orh, Susan Gardner – “Reading is A Treat”

Reinhardt Elementary Recipients


Reinhardt Elementary

Erin Figert, Allison Fluck – “Tote-a-Tune”


Utley Middle School

Allyssa Loya “It Starts with IRL (In Real Life)”


Dr. Gene Burton College and Career Academy

Utley Middle School recipient

Renne Aube, Leslie Reese – “Queen of Quilts”


Rockwall High School

Justin Clumpner, Melissa Guarino, Christen Gang – “Artmaking for the Future”

Annie Perdue, Carly Rose – “Shaping Glass and Light”

By Rockwall ISD. 

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