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$26,000 in classroom grants awarded through 2017 OCEF Pyramid Awards

The Oldham County Educational Foundation (OCEF) announced the recipients of the 2016-17 Pyramid Awards, a cornerstone grant program that has awarded more than $300,000 to more than 470 teachers since the inception of the program. This year, 29 proposals were selected for funding and more than $26,000 will be distributed to teachers throughout the district. The goal of the program is to support teachers in implementing innovative and engaging curricular projects. The recipients represent 14 of the schools in the district, including the preschool and the Arvin Educational Center. The winning teachers will be recognized at receptions at their home schools over the next few weeks.

This year’s winners are as follows:

-Stephen Drawbaugh, Arvin Education Center, “Wind Tunnel Construction/Airfoil Testing”
-Kevin Puckett, Buckner Elementary, “The Breakout Challenge”
-Carrie Sweeney, Centerfield Elementary, “Puppet Power: Retelling Stories and Reading with Expression”
-Rebecca Broughton, Centerfield Elementary, “Precious Time”
-Ashley Harrington, Centerfield, Elementary, “Active Bodies, Active Minds”
-Anika Hoglen, Crestwood Elementary, “Literacy Across the Curriculum”
-Jennifer Downey Jansing, Harmony Elementary, “Seating for Special Learners”
-Karen Clark, Harmony Elementary, “Wonders of Coding”
-Lauri Pytko, Kenwood Station, “Literacy Links – Breaking Barriers and Building Literacy Engagement Across Home and School”
-Paula Moore, Kenwood Station, “Answers for Anxiety and Stress Management”
-Melinda Hadley and Andie Marx, La Grange Elementary, “Fictionista BFFs Book Club”
-Cara Caudill, La Grange Elementary, “Engaging Readers Toolkit”
-Nikki Snow, La Grange Elementary, “GoZen!”
-Karrie Diffenderfer, Locust Grove Elementary, “Building of Minds at Hand”
-Cristy McMahan, North Oldham High School, “Science Olympiad Competition Resources”
-Lori Lubker, North Oldham High School, “Forensic Cyanoacrylate Fuming Chamber”
-Ryan Lykins and Meredith Grace, North Oldham High School, “Moving Away from the Sedentary, Secondary Classroom”
-Jennifer Terry and Sharon Jacobs, North Oldham Middle School, “Breakout of Math”
-Kerri Hammons, North Oldham Middle School, “Pedal to Proficient Performance”
-Jennifer Hallas, Oldham County Middle School, “Reading Independence for All”
-Ashley Sakie, Oldham County Middle School, “The Boiler Room…Where STEAM Happens”
-Jessica Erickson, Oldham County Middle School, “I can do Math, 2!”
-Beth Weber, Oldham County Middle School, “Differentiation in the Co-Teaching Classroom using Chromebooks”
-Sarah Whitt and Julie Sibley, Oldham County Preschool, “Sounds like Success!”
-Jacqueline Bryan, South Oldham High School, “Digital Art: Creating in the 21st Century”
-Judy Culver, South Oldham High School, “Reading is Essential”
-Dr. Charles L. Bentley, South Oldham High School, “Rotational Inertia Wireless Dynamic Sensor System”
-Jacob Kommer, South Oldham Middle School, “ReFocus: Using Movement to Increase Attention”
-Margo Atcher, South Oldham Middle School, “21st Century Skills/Language Learning through Technology”