2017-18 Mini-grant Award Winners

The TSD Foundation is happy to announce that we have awarded $30,000 in Grants to TSD and ERCOD staff for 2017 – 2018!! The foundation would like to thank all who applied for a mini-grant this year.

TSDF mini-grants encourage, facilitate, recognize, and reward innovative and creative approaches to teaching and learning by funding instructional/classroom materials, equipment, and activities that support the objectives, goals, and initiatives of the Texas School for the Deaf School Improvement Plan. Our criteria for granting these awards include:

  • Potential to impact student growth
  • Creative and innovative approach
  • Measurable outcomes
  • Clear and logical proposal

We are not able to fund all proposed projects due to our limited budget. We hope to be able to fund more proposals in the future.

Congratulations to Our Top Three winners

Amy Sandstrom Hill Kendall O’Hara Erica Israel
Group A $800  Group B – $1000 Group C- $160
Child Parent Relationship Therapy Culturally  & Linguistic Relevant
Language  Assessment
   Sensory Books


Congratulations to all the winners!

Donna Altuna
Instructional Data Analyst
iPads for Outcome Testing and MS/HS Library Literacy Projects

Brian Cheslik
High School Theatre Teacher
Live Theatre Experiences

Tamara Copeland-Samaripa
HS Curriculum Specialist
Instilling School Pride and Fostering Community through Art

Barbara Hussey
ECE/Elementary Principal
Steaming Through Sensory Needs

Suzanne Milford
Imagine, Invent, and Inspire through Science Fair Project

Antonio Singleton
Elementary ASL Teacher
PTSO Literacy Enrichment Program – Readathon and Spelling Bee

Laura Smith
Middle School Teacher
Gallaudet University Youth Programs – Battle of the Books

Crystal Whitzel
Day Residential Educator
Promoting Art Therapy for Our Students

Keri Wilson
ASL teacher (High School)
ASL Roundtable

Laura Zuniga
High School teacher/Hispanic Club Sponsor
Train Them Up!

Jenny Reins
Transition Teacher
Lights, Camera, Action!

David CoCo
Program Specialist
Support for Deaf Blind Student at Discovery Retreat

April Giauque
Transition Teacher
Cooking is Bazaar!

Carlos Mendez
Transition Teacher
What’s the Drill?

Dee Mills
Day Residential Educator
Purchase of software: Boardmaker v.6

Jacqueline Doyle
Middle School SND boys Day Residential Educator
After school educational resources/activities

Aaron Mowell
Middle School Teacher
8th Grade Comprehensive and Leadership Retreat

Kate Sweet
Elementary/ECE Speech Language Pathologist
The LANGUAGE Therapist

Susie Kornkven
Program Specialist
Corner Market @ Kleberg Building

Brittany Kollmer
High Low Book Collection

Tara Holaday
HS Science Teacher
Tower Garden

Danon Teeters
Kindergarten Teacher
Creative Materials for Young Learners

Carl Borsotti
High School Teacher
Markerboard Activity Tables & Stools

Rachel Baker
Parent Infant Program Supervisor
Transdisciplinary Play Based Assessment (TPBA) Resource Kit

Michelle Halvorsen
Academic Bowl Teacher & Coach
Academic Bowl–Road to Rebuilding

Lauren Robertson
Speech Language Pathologist
Speech Therapy Materials for Middle School Students