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Nine Stamford Teachers Receive Grants To Travel To Other Countries

Nine teachers from Stamford schools were named as fellows for the Fund for Teachers program and will receive $25,000 grants to travel the world this summer to bring back information for their students.
Nine teachers from Stamford schools were named as fellows for the Fund for Teachers program and will receive $25,000 grants to travel the world this summer to bring back information for their students. Photo Credit: File

STAMFORD, Conn. -- Nine Stamford teachers have received grants to travel the world on behalf of their students through Fund for Teachers.

Using the $25,000 grants, the nine teachers will embark on self-designed professional learning odysseys this summer in five countries, including Costa Rica, Germany and Canada.

Stamford’s 2016 Fund for Teachers fellows include: ·

  • Melissa Castiglia, Toquam Magnet Elementary School: Will participate in Lindamood-Bell literacy training in sensory-cognitive instruction to improve special education students' sight word recognition and assist below-grade-level readers.
  • Lauren Hofer, Toquam Magnet Elementary School: Will take part in the staff development for Educators National Conference on Differentiated Instruction in Las Vegas to gather new instructional strategies for making more individualized curricula for students of various ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds.
  • Kristin Veenema, Janell Iyer and Kristi Lawson, Stamford High School: Will volunteer with the Children of Haiti Project in Port-au-Prince, gaining in-depth knowledge of the country's culture and education system to better serve the Haitian population at school.
  • Mary Enright, Toquam Magnet Elementary School: Is enrolled in a three-week French immersion course in Quebec to develop language skills for accommodating the school's influx of Haitian-Creole speaking students and families.
  • Louise McMinn, Scofield Magnet Middle: Will participate in the "Inquiry in Rain Forests: A Field-based Professional Development for Teachers" course in Costa Rica, to develop proficiencies in teaching Next Gen science inquiry and video production.
  • Joshua Sette and Christian Witschy, Rogers International School: Will study the music of post-World War II Berlin, Germany, and how the music of 1945-90 reflects the growing tensions and cold war to create a unit on music as a tool of expression during a tumultuous time period.

“My entire career has been spent working with disenfranchised students, and I have constantly sought to teach them that they can break the cycle of poverty with a good education and that educational attainment begins with the mastery of the English language,” said Mary Enright, Toquam Magnet Elementary School teacher. “Having my proposal awarded was such a pleasant surprise. I am truly grateful for this unique opportunity.”

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