The COVID pandemic has been challenging for us all; some, however, have been asked to give more than the rest. One group on the front lines is our teachers. They have been tasked with making sure this unprecedented time does not cause our children to fall behind in their education. As always, the Junior League of Memphis does its best to help fill in the gaps. The Innovative Teaching Grants program is an annual scholarship that enables teachers to enhance learning experiences beyond their school budget. It awards grants to PK-12 teachers in order to enable our community heroes to be both innovative and creative in their approach to equip our next generation.

Teachers were invited to apply and receive up to $2500. They submitted a project that catered to one of three areas: Professional Development, Improving Students’ Social and Emotional Learning Skills or Improving Students’ Academic Skills. After reviewing many amazing submissions, eight teachers were chosen. The Junior League of Memphis is delighted to support our teachers in improving the quality of life for children. Join us in congratulating the following winners:

LaToya GillCrump Elementary SchoolRobotics & Coding after Class with Scratch
Felicia DixonOakhaven High School Visual Journals: Chronicling Progress in Artmaking
Carol James Dexter Elementary Sensory & Calming
Yvette OliverDunbar ElementaryThe Reading Bistro
Renee MatthewsSTAR AcademyLearning Without Restrictions
Raven TateOakhaven High SchoolBuilding Ourselves: One Word at a Time
Stephanie WilliamsCornerstone Prep Denver ElemTouched by an Angel
Elizabeth CarterSnowden SchoolSupporting Literacy through Music Composition

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