Ozark Teachers Awarded Power Up Grants
Twelve teachers from Ozark Schools recently received Power Up Grants totaling more than $4,000 from White River Valley Electric Cooperative.
- Karen Bohannon, a fourth grade teacher at South Elementary, received funds to purchase Hokki stools to enable students to move while sitting. With these stools, fidgety students remain engaged in learning.
- Alexis Ennis, a sixth grade English Language Arts teacher at Ozark Middle School, will purchase an iPad Mini to provide quick feedback to students and to interact with students through virtual classroom tools.
- Mike Juchems, a sixth grade science teacher at Ozark Middle School, wrote his grant to provide improvements to the school’s greenhouse such as, structural repairs and improvements, water collection system improvements, compost system improvements and to create an outdoor reading area.
- Lori Lewis, a Speech Language Pathologist at East Elementary, received funds to purchase 3D storybooks and storytelling props to help build oral language, sequencing and comprehension skills for elementary special education students.
- Ashley McCrary, a third grade teacher at West Elementary, will purchase guided reading books for her class in order to help students become more engaged with real books.
- Stefanie McKoy, a gifted education teacher at West Elementary, applied for Sphero robots to learn about computer programming and coding. The robots link to technology devices and allow students to create simple programs to operate the Sphero.
- Amanda Nurnberg, a librarian, and Johnna Ward, a technology teacher at East Elementary, added Code and Go Robot Mouse sets and Osmo Coding sets to teach students coding through fun and interactive activities.
- Lisa Spector, a gifted education teacher at Ozark Middle School, purchased coding kits and robots.
- Kate Stine, a teacher at Finley River School, will use funds to expand the school’s library.
- Jill Widel, a fifth grade teacher at North Elementary, will enrich their O.N.E. Newscast with a video camera, tripods, cases and an online editing program.
- Abby Wright, English Language Arts teacher at Ozark Junior High, applied for a new camera for the Eye of the Tiger newspaper and yearbook staff to utilize.