Education Foundation Awards More Than $33,000 in Teacher Grants


The Talbot County Public Schools Education Foundation is pleased to announce that $33,174 in grants were awarded to TCPS teachers during 2018. The Foundation has funded a total of 26 projects in the elementary, middle and high schools.

“Through the generosity of our community, the Education Foundation is able to fund innovative projects that give teachers and students the opportunity to take learning to another level,” said Patrick Fitzgerald, Advisory Board Chair. “We are grateful to the organizations and individuals who have taken the lead in supporting this very important mission, and are looking forward to seeing more requests.”

From L-R: F. Graham Lee, Ty Russ, Laura Heikes, Pam Clay, Kelly L. Griffith, Superintendent, Juanita Hopkins, Rebeca Firth, David Short and Michael Fisher.

Formed in the Fall of 2016 the Education Foundation partners with the Talbot County community to promote excellence in public education and to provide financial support and other resources to enhance the quality of academic opportunities for all TCPS students. The projects funded in 2018 through the Teacher Grants program are as follows:

Diversity in Classroom Libraries – SMES
Hands On Life Science – EES-D
Powering Computational Creativity- EMS
Strategy Game Club – SMMHS
The STEM Classroom – CDES
Equitable Learning With Literature – EHS
STEM with Drones – EMS
Choir Competition Gowns – SMMHS
Creating Robotic Engineers – GT
Destination Imagination Trip to Globals – SM
Outdoor Classroom – EMS
Students for Streams- All Elementary
No Soil, No Problem! – CDES
PBIS Weekly Lesson – WMES
Diverse Classroom Posters & Resources – WMES
SMMHS Production – All Shook Up! – SMMHS
InterAct Story Theatre – EES-D
Student Published Books – CDES
Population Ecology – 5th grade Gifted & Talented
Comfortable with College – SMMHS
Flexible Seating – SMES
Seas the Day Room – WMES
Keeping UP with Technology – EMS
Campus Mosaic – Shine it UP SM
Understanding Archaeology –
The Hill Project -3rd Gifted & Talented
Aquatic Science Field Lab – SMMHS

“We are excited about the educational opportunities that the Education Foundation has been able to supplement for our students,” said Dr. Kelly Griffith, Superintendent. “I would especially like to thank our staff who took the time to apply for the grants. This progress also would not have been possible without the enthusiasm and tenacity of the Education Foundation Advisory Board. We are grateful for their hard work!”

The members of the Education Foundation Advisory Board are: Patrick Fitzgerald, Chair; Laura Heikes, Vice Chair; Pam Clay; Gwen Fike; Michael Fisher, MD; Rebecca Firth, Ph.D.; Howard Freedlander; Greta Gartman; Jeremy Hillyard; Juanita Hopkins; F. Graham Lee; Victoria Gomez Lozano; Richard Marks; Jo Ann Asparagus Murray; Ty Russ; David Short.

The Education Foundation raises funds through special events, such as “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader” and “Mission Possible –Celebrating TCPS Alumni and Supporting Teachers,” as well as the“Honor A Teacher” program, and annual and planned giving.The TCPS Education Foundation Funds are component funds of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation.To learn more about supporting the TCPS Education Foundation visit their website at or contact Debbie Gardner, Coordinator of Public Relations and Special Programs at 410-822-0330 ext. 102 or by email at

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