Austin Ed Fund is thrilled to announce 15 recipients of its inaugural round of Innovation Grants, awarding funding totaling nearly $50,000. We believe that many of the most innovative ideas to challenge and enrich student learning come from the experiences, creativity, and critical thinking skills of our classroom teachers and campus leaders. Congratulations to these teachers—we are proud to support them as they empower student learning at the highest levels.

Incubator Grant Awards

Up to $10,000 for Campus Projects with Transformative Potential
Grant Title   Campus   Grant Recipient
Eagles’ Girls Robotics Club Odom Elementary School Jiselle Jones & LaSonya Eskridge
Green Urban Innovative Gardeners Garza High School Margaret Malangalila, Nicole Howard, Coila Morrow, Irina Mason, Thomas Fackler, David Andrews, & Adriane Kimmel
Learning Independence Through Technology Reagan High School Rita Fennelly, Julia Ross, Greg Vunderink, Lindsay Andrus, Ed Green, & Tiffany Roberson
Mobility & Sensory Tools for Learning Summitt Elementary School Victoria O’Neal & Courtney Cardosa
Reader to Reader St. Elmo Elementary School Becky Ward, Rocio Ruiz, Maggie Graybill, Ignacio Pizzarro, Sherrie Moe, Lisa Saldana, Tracy Machu, Kristel Nichols, & Rebecca Castonguay


Idea Grant Awards

Up to $2,000 for Classroom-Level Projects
Grant Title   Campus   Grant Recipient
6th Grade Stars: From Seeds to $ustainability Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders Carey Warner
Active Seating for the Whole Child Kealing Middle School Megan McDonald
Inspiring and Supporting Career Paths Mendez Middle School Michalina West
Jumbled Genres Bingo Bertha Sadler Means Young Women’s Leadership Academy Monica Cantu
Leaping to Literacy Oak Hill Elementary School Maureen Bishop Hamburger
Mulitsensory Reading: A Path to Success for Dyslexic Students Oak Hill Elementary School Amanda Hunter
Organisms and Environments Burnet Middle School Hector Hernandez
The Great Debate: Fluoridation of Drinking Water Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders Briana Castano
Tiny Tech Explorers Kiker Elementary School Beth Cordier
Wheel Chair Accessible Teaching Garden Reagan High School Renee Lake