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Waltrip HS teacher wins $1,000 grant from ATPE

2013 January 31
by HISD Communications

Stephanie Moreno, an English teacher at HISD’s Waltrip High School, has been selected as the recipient of a $1,000 Grant for Teaching Excellence award in the secondary category from the Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE).

Moreno’s grant project includes a poetry slam, in which students will perform original poems for a special event at school. She also plans to publish their work in a book. The grant money will be used to purchase 100 composition notebooks, two color printers, book-binding spines, presentation paper, and card stock paper.

Moreno’s goal is to improve students’ writing and public speaking skills by giving them practice writing and performing poetry.

“This will encourage students to write more as they see their work published,” Moreno wrote in her grant application. “Students will have the opportunity to participate in an academic setting unlike their normal routine.”

The ATPE Grant for Teaching Excellence acknowledges outstanding and creative ATPE members who develop programs or proposals intended to improve the quality of education for the students in their classroom. Applications are reviewed and judged by the Grant for Teaching Excellence committee.

Two $1,000 awards are presented each year, one to an elementary-level applicant and the other to a secondary-level applicant. Recipients are also honored during the ATPE Summit and receive complimentary registration to the education conference held during the summer in Austin.

You can watch a video of Moreno in action on the KTRK-TV Channel 13 website.

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  1. jo petty permalink
    February 4, 2013

    Way to go Stephanie! Kids always appreciate and remember teachers who go this extra mile for them.

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