Six Madera County teachers spent their New Teacher Boost Grants, awarded by the California Retired Teachers Association, on classroom supplies to help better their students’ learning experience.
Amanda Hendrickson, who teaches science at Minarets High School, used her grant money for beakers, hot plates, scales and Bunsen burners. She also purchased scalpel sets and other dissection materials.
Cassandra Golding, a second grade teacher at Washington Elementary School, purchased “whisper or phonics phones” for her classroom. These are used during independent reading to develop phonetic awareness.
Michelle Crawford, also at Washington Elementary School teaching kindergarten, acquired a listening center. She has used her grant money carefully to also get pocket charts and jump ropes and is planning to get a tabletop easel and CD/cassette/iPod player...