published Thursday, April 25th, 2013

Hamilton County teachers get travel grants for studies

Local public school teachers will again make their world their classroom this summer, thanks to nearly $100,000 in travel grants.
Local public school teachers will again make their world their classroom this summer, thanks to nearly $100,000 in travel grants.
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Local public school teachers again will make their world their classroom this summer, thanks to nearly $100,000 in travel grants.

PEF granted awards to 31 Hamilton County teachers, who will travel to Africa, Costa Rica and the Mediterranean, among other destinations. The self-designed trips, to be made individually or in groups, are made possible by the national nonprofit Fund for Teachers. Organizers hope teachers' lessons learned will translate into enriched teaching back at home.

"Returning from their fellowships, we know that these teachers will change the trajectory of learning for their students through their new insights, skills, and experiences," PEF President Dan Challener said in a statement.

Last summer, 27 local teachers made such trips.

Local teachers winning awards this year are:

Elisabeth Zacha, Apison Elementary

Ann-Marie Blentlinger and Karen West, Chattanooga School for the Liberal Arts

Vinnie Taneja, Clifton Hills Elementary

Brittany Harris and Mauriska Munroe, Hardy Elementary

Amanda Lafferty, Beth McCoy, Heather O'Brien and Jennifer Zeigler, Normal Park Museum Magnet Lower School

Jennifer Hartley, Spring Creek Elementary

Leigh Bain, Wallace A. Smith Elementary

Christy Baker, Jessica Carlton, Brenda Holmes, Jill Smith and Jami Standridge, Hunter Middle

Ann Souza, Loftis Middle

Trey Joyner, Normal Park Museum Magnet Upper School

Bryan Phillips, Hamilton County High

Maika Turner, Hixson High

Andrea McGuirt and Heather McIntyre, Ooltewah High

Chuck Jones, Red Bank High

Nozipho Moyo, Red Bank High

Erin Bas, Dan Morgan, Kawanna Potier, Jennifer Raulston, Deb Tucker and Jessica Ulloa Chinchilla, Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences

Learn more about the trips at pefchattanooga.org.

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