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WCEF is proud to award Grants to Woburn Educators to support innovative instruction, enriched curricula and the use of new technology and approaches in the classroom.  

The Following Educator Grants were awarded on March 16, 2016; in total $16,500 was awarded:

Woburn Memorial High School:
Rosemary Donovan, Guidance
$800.00 to fund the EmWave Mindfulness System
This project will bring a new tool to the WMHS Guidance Office, to serve those who experience social-emotional stress.  The EmWave Mindfulness System is a self-directed intervention for students who experience extreme anxiety; the goal of this program is to reduce time spent out of the classroom.   

Abby Gillis, English
$1,000.00 to co-sponsor  Travis Roy Motivational Speaker
WCEF is proud to co-sponsor this school-wide assembly.  All WMHS students have read Roy’s memoir Eleven Seconds; they will now get to hear his inspiration story and meet this motivational speaker in person.   

Elizabeth Miller, History
$946.00 to fund in-class Google Viewer Virtual Field Trips
The purchase of Google Viewers will integrate with existing classroom technology to allow students to travel the world in three-dimensional virtual reality. 

Susan Thifault, Fine Arts
$1,000.00 to fund a GoPro Video Production Program
Students in the WMHS Fine Arts Video Program will have a new learning experience through the use of GoPro Cameras, the latest advance in digital image technology.

Joyce Middle School:
Joanne Young, Grade 8
$850.00 for Connecting All Students with Technology
This project was developed to respond to the needs Joyce students who are currently homeless and do not have access to computers.  This learning center will be available during out-of-school time, to provide equal access to technology for all students to facilitate use of Google tools in the classroom. 

Altavesta Elementary School:
Judi O’Neil, Resource Room
$1,000.00 to support  Customized Learning with IPads
The integration of Ipads in the Resource Room will be used to create customized learning experiences for diverse learners of varying academic needs.

Goodyear Elementary School:
Bethany Newman, Music Education
$595.00 to fund the Moving on the Musical Staff Program
Funds will be used to purchase a Wenger Footnotes Music Rug, which enables students to use their whole body in kinesthetic learning activities to find notes on the musical staff and explore melody.

Kathleen Sawyer, School Adjustment
$1,000.00 for a Wonder Books  Anti-Bullying Program

This WCEF Grant will be used to purchase the Wonder book series as part of a strategy to use a multidisciplinary approach to teach an Anti-bullying program to 5th grade students.

Kerri Vasquezi, Life Science/English
$500.00 for a Life Cycle of Raptors Enrichment Program
WCEF is pleased to provide funding that brings the interactive enrichment program, Life Cycles of Raptors, to the school’s 2nd grade. 

Hurld Elementary School:
Marlene Faulkingham, Math
$996.00 for the IXL Math Program
This project funds the purchase of 4 licenses to bring differentiated, engaging and measureable technology based learning experiences to 100 students.

Linscott – Rumford Elementary School:
Susan Plamondon, 2nd Grade
Cheryl Dabrieo, 3rd Grade
$890.00 each for the Lego Build to Express
This Lego Program provides hands-on learning experiences that use manipulatives to engage students in higher level thinking activities, and opportunities for students to get excited about learning, to think creatively, and to work cooperatively in a community of learning and respect.  

Linda Riley, STEM
$1,000.00 to fund the pilot AIM Project
WCEF is providing funding for the pilot of the Alternative Instruction Model as a supplemental STEM class for students who are accelerating in the general education classroom.  The success of this project will determine future goals for STEM content in general classroom curriculum. 

Reeves Elementary School:
Marie LaCour, Art
$1,000.00 for the Historical Woburn Art Installation
This art project creates a permanent installation and engages all students in an exciting, hands on art project to learn American history as it unfolded in Woburn.  This project fosters collaboration, pride, belonging and a sense of place. 

Erin Murphy Dean, Resource Room
$929.00 for a Learning Literacy Center
This technology project will provide students with moderate disabilities an opportunity to access information across the curriculum with increased independence.  Students will develop their active learning skills in the areas of Reading, Writing and Listening. 

Bethany Newman, Music Education
$982.00 to have students  Making Ukulele Music
WCEF funding will purchase 19 of these highly versatile instruments, to students the opportunity to make music instead of just learning about music. 

Shamrock Elementary School:
Pamela Barry, Resource Room
$501.00 for Social Thinking Curriculums
This project will provide a multi-sensory, cognitive behavioral social learning curriculum that will help students with social emotional deficits develop better self-regulation across a range of social situations.

Alicia McAnulty, Speech/Language
$800.00 for the Visualizing & Verbalizing Program
WCEF will provide funding for this program, as a highly effective instructional method and intervention to develop language comprehension and expression skills for students of all ages. 

Thomas O’Halloran, Social Studies
$800.00 to create a Virtual Multi-Cultural Classroom
Through the purchase of 3 Chromebooks, students will now be part of a virtual multi-cultural classroom through integration of the ePals online platform.  This project also introduces students to the use of technology as learning tool. 


The Following Educator Grants were awarded on March 16, 2015; these awards totaled more than $11,000:

Sarah Dugan, Art & Photography Teacher
Woburn Memorial High School

$750.00 Grant for Photography Lighting Workshop
Through this grant, students in the Woburn Memorial High School Fine Arts Department will learn how to create beautiful on location portraits from Sid Ceasar, a nationally published portrait photographer and designer, based in Nashua, New Hampshire.

Bethany Newman, Music Teacher
Goodyear, Reeves, Shamrock, White Elementary Schools
$478.89 Grant for a Rhythm & Drumming Project
This grant incorporates World Music into the elementary standards for music education.  Students will learn how to keep a steady beat, identify rhythm patterns and study African Music through the purchase of three tubanos, a type of African standing drum.  

Jessica Cefali, Special Education Teacher
Goodyear Elementary School
$998.00 Grant for Feeding the Need to Read at Our Level
This project meets the need for rich and relevant literature that encourages Ms. Cefali’s students to become motivated, fluent and skilled readers.  These comprehension kits by Benchmark Education include extension activities that support excitement, curiosity as well as enhanced learning.  

Shannon McDonough, Kindergarten Teacher
Goodyear Elementary School
$1,000.00 Grant for Top Secret Science
Through this Grant, Top Secret Science will visit the Goodyear Elementary School and work with each grade level.  Through programs that include “Properties of Rocks & Minerals”, “Engineering Design” and “The Earth in the Solar System”, students will acquire greater understanding and excitement of scientific topics.  

Marlene Faulkingham, Second Grade Teacher
Hurld Elementary School
$1,000.00 for Classroom Ipads
The Grant will provide funds to purchase three Ipads as tools to provide increased, differentiated, individualized and enhanced instruction in the classroom.  Ipads provide an enhanced, custom learn experience for each student, and can be utilized within each classroom to research, create and present projects in all subject areas.  

Maura Hooper, First Grade Teacher
Maureen Kozachuk, Third Grade Teacher
Hurld Elementary School
$1,000.00 each for the Lexia Reading Program
These Grant funds provide students essential components of the Common Core reading curriculum through the use of the individualized, research based, learning program Lexia.  This technology based system custom tailors reading instruction and facilitates in class and school to home resource sharing for expanded time in learning.  Access to Lexia extends beyond the normal school day and school calendar year.
Lexia will increase achievement for students at all levels of learning, to include at-risk, English Language Learners and Gifted.

Linda Riley, ELL Teacher
Linscott-Rumford Elementary School
$597.00 for Classroom Kindles
The Grant funds the purchase of three classroom Kindles with expanded storage capabilities and accessories, which will be used to individualize and improve classroom instruction and increase student learning and engagement.   

Kimberlee Johnson, First Grade Teacher
Reeves Elementary School
$789.00 for Success with STEM Skills Program
This program encourages students to build confidence as they develop STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) skills. These fields are deeply intertwined in how students learn most effectively.  Ms. Johnson’s First Grade students will learn through trial and error as they solve real world problems by designing, building, and testing with structural materials.  

Keryn Landry, Special Education Teacher
Reeves Elementary School
$755.96 for Listening to Literature
This Grant funds a Kindle-based program that assists special education students in accessing reading materials, to increase their skills, fluency and confidence. Students will utilize the Kindles to read along with Audio books.  In the future, the use of the Kindles will be expanded into other subject areas, such as Math.  

Nancy Osgood, Second Grade Teacher
Shamrock Elementary School
$1000.00 for the Wicked Cool for Kids Program
This Grant will provide six customized programs for second grade Science students, to include Legopalooza Engineering & Design, Superhero Science & Design and Build Workshop.  This program reinforces State Science Standards related to Physical Sciences (position and motion of objects) and Technology/Engineering through hands-on exploratory learning that is fun for students.    

Laura Rebelo, First Grade Teacher
Shamrock Elementary School
$1000.00 for Grade One Complete Leveled Reading Library Collection
Funding will provide multi-level nonfiction and fiction book sets for students, which will be utilized both in school and at home. Students will build their fluency and comprehension skills by reading fiction and nonfiction books at their individual reading levels.  This grant addresses a prevalent need in the school community to provide appropriate reading materials to students for at home learning.