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Falcon Education Foundation Awards $25,000 to Educators

Falcon Education Foundation mini-grant recipients are honored during Fantastic 49.


For the first time since 2019, the Falcon Education Foundation presented mini-grants to almost 30 staff members during the Fantastic 49 presentation on Nov. 10 at Creekside Success Center.


“We are thrilled to be back … we had some amazing grant requests this year, and the foundation is proud to support innovative learning opportunities in District 49,” Kayla Maldonado, foundation president said. “Our mini-grants help make certain projects possible that otherwise would not be able to happen.”


The following staff members were honored as 2022 Falcon Education Foundation mini-grant recipients, and were awarded funds to implement unique and engaging projects in their schools.




Project Title

Mini-Grant Amount

Jenna Bell

Banning Lewis Ranch Academy

Jazz Fly Be-Bops to Banning


Jamie Candelaria

Horizon Middle School

Virtual Reality in the Special Education Classroom


Leslie Chase

Inspiration View Elementary

Glowing In Our Learning


Laura De La Garza

Springs Studio for Academic Excellence

It's Rocket Science: Mission to Build Moon Base Omega


Michelle Garland

Inspiration View Elementary

The Magic of Math Manipulatives


Staci Gehling and Courtney Hutchinson

Horizon Middle School

Creating Electronic Engineering Building Blocks


Brooke Gumucio

Springs Ranch Elementary

Art & Literature!


Lori Hall

Springs Studio for Academic Excellence

Drawn To the Geochron Atlas 4K: A Real Time Display of the World!


Melanie Hawthorne Long

Horizon Middle School

Drum Set for Success


Melanie Hawthorne Long

Horizon Middle School

Stand for the Band!


Julie Jablonski

Springs Ranch Elementary

K-2 Bee-Bot Coding Beginners Pack


Abbie Kennedy


Author Visit


Heather Krammes

Falcon Homeschool Program

Creative Journalism


Eleanor Lambert

Odyssey Elementary

Calming Corners for Soothing Students' Emotions


Rachel McPeek

Skyview Middle School

Story Time for Middle School


Mary Mullikin

Vista Ridge High School

The Game of Life


Jessica Orinak

Ridgeview Elementary

Discover and Explore!


Sondra Rymer


Expanding Hands-On Experience with a 3D Printer


Sondra Rymer


The Power of the Kalimba


Shari Solem

Evans Elementary

Starting the Day Off Right with Morning Bins


Tina Stanfield

Meridian Ranch Elementary

Nonfiction Animal Books Update


Lauren Stuart

Horizon Middle School

Community Resource Center Supplies


James Sustarsic Harvey

Skyview Middle School

Refurbish, Renew, and Grow: Horticulture to Raise Positive Culture


Wendy Thorp

Woodmen Hills Elementary

Indoor Gardening Project Based Learning


Mary Wikoff and Leslie Garza

Horizon Middle School

Stress-Less Wellness


Joshua Wixom

Springs Studio for Academic Excellence

Robot Revolution


Tara Wold


Mother Nature Strikes Again!— Weather & Natural Disasters


Tara Wold


Critical Thinking, Cooperation, and Coding Ozobots to the Rescue


William Yerger

Sand Creek High School

Flight for Life


William Yerger

Sand Creek High School

General Hospital at SCHS



The Falcon Education Foundation and District 49 are grateful to businesses like Sentinel for their generous support that helps make programs like the mini-grants possible.


Leslie Chase is a 2022 FEF mini-grant winner.. Kayla Maldonado, president of the FEF, announces names of mini-grant recipients.. Julie Jablonski from SRES is honored by the Falcon Education Foundation.

Amy Matisek