Katrina Elliott, a second grade teacher at Blackfoot Charter Community Learning Center, has been awarded a $250 New Classroom Start-Up Grand from Northwest Professional Educators (NWPE), the state's only non-union professional teacher association.The award will fund the purchase of SMART board software.
"Northwest Professional Educators is happy to provide Elliott this New Classroom Start-Up Grant," said Cindy Omlin, executive director of NWPE. "NWPE is proud to reward educators for their hard work and creativity in the classroom. Ms. Elliott's award is certainly well-deserved as she seeks ways to increase student achievement."
NWPE awards $500 teacher scholarships and classroom grants twice a year. Teachers who are new to the profession or their classroom are eligible for the New Classroom Start-Up Grants. All educators are eligible for the awards although NWPE members receive first preference.
The deadline for New Classroom Start-Up Grants is Dec. 31. The next application deadline for the $500 awards is March 1, 2013.
NWPE is a non-profit, non-union, professional educators' organization focused on students as educators' highest priority and improving the professionalism of education.
NWPE welcomes educators of any education entity including teachers, administrators and support staff and provides members with liability insurance, legal services, professional development resources, teacher scholarships, classroom grants and a voice on education issues. Membership dues are $16.50 a month.
More information about NWPE and its scholarship and classroom grant program IS AVAILABLE at www.nwpe.org  or by calling 800--380-6973.