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BLACKFOOT â€” A new teacher in Blackfoot has been awarded a classroom start-up grant to help establish her classroom.
Ms. Debbie Steele, a first grade teacher at Blackfoot Charter Community Learning Center, has been awarded a grant for $250 from Northwest Professional Educators (NWPE), the stateâ€™s only non-union professional teacher association. The grant will fund the purchase of new reading and science materials to provide students kinesthetic, audio, and visual learning strategies through hands-on experiments and real-life experiences.
"I appreciate it a lot," Steele said. "There's just so many expenses involved as a first-year teacher."
NWPE awards teacher scholarships and classroom grants up to $500 per award twice a year. Teachers who are new to the profession or their classroom are eligible for $250 New Classroom Start-Up Grants. All educators are eligible for the awards although NWPE members receive first preference. The next application deadline is March 31, 2011.
â€śNorthwest Professional Educators is happy to provide Ms. Steele this grant to enhance student learning,â€ť said Cindy Omlin, Executive Director of NWPE. â€śNWPE is proud to reward educators for their hard work and creativity in the classroom. Ms. Steeleâ€™s award is certainly well-deserved as she seeks ways to increase student achievement.â€ť
Northwest Professional Educators is a nonprofit, non-union, professional educatorsâ€™ organization focused on students as educatorsâ€™ highest priority and improving the professionalism of education.