AEF Awards Over $30,900 to Affton Teachers

AEF Awards Over $30,900 to Affton Teachers
Posted on 11/23/2020
AEF Awards Over $30,900 to Affton Teachers

Affton teachers were surprised last week when the Affton Education Foundation awarded their annual Teacher Grants.

The Affton Education Foundation, founded in 2005, raises funds designated for teacher grants to support extraordinary efforts in the classroom. Over 20 grants are provided each year by the Foundation to Affton teachers. These grants, in amounts up to $1,000 each, enrich the curriculum with activities and technology. Since 2005, the Foundation has funded a total of 412 grants in the amount of $375,358.81.

For the 2020-2021 school year, the Foundation awarded $30,924.93 for 25 grants which included: social-emotional learning resources, innovative learning tools and resources, reimbursement and cost reduction for Advanced Placement exams, and more.

Mesnier Primary School

  • Rebecca Dedert, Kindergarten, Customized Work Stations for All Students
  • Kelsey Deery, Kindergarten, All Are Welcome Here
  • Holly Gotsis, Kindergarten, Opening New Worlds for Reading & Math
  • Amanda Hogan, Reading Interventionist, Phonics Intervention Materials
  • Nikki Kirksey, Kindergarten, Kindergarten is "Virtually Awesome"
  • Cheryl Ladd, Kindergarten, D is for Diversity!
  • Janet Peistrup, Reading Interventionist, Literacy Intervention Materials

Gotsch Intermediate School

  • Jacqueline Beyer, Fifth Grade, Innovative Classroom
  • Kim Blankenship, Reading Interventionist, Diverse Books for Diverse Learners
  • Kathryn Burger, Music, Classroom Ukuleles
  • Rachel Eaton, SAIL, Maker Time Materials
  • Melissa Mendoza, Fourth Grade, Books as Mirrors: Diversifying the Classroom Library
  • Jenn Molsbee & Natalie Stanton, Fifth Grade, Story Design: Innovative STEAM Projects
  • Taylor Pierce, Third Grade, Diverse Classroom Library
  • Kim Westrich, Art, Black Light Art

Gotsch Intermediate & Rogers Middle School

  • DeAnna Wright-Coffman & Beckie Rainbolt, Social Workers, LEGO Play Therapy

Rogers Middle School

  • Scott Ellis, Eighth Grade, Innovative Technology for Improving Student Engagement & Instruction
  • Laura Hubbard, SAIL, Extending the Curriculum with Forensic Science
  • Anna Levinson, School Nurse, Aiding Wellness & Advanced Response in Education: AWARE
  • Joe Murphy, Theater, RMS Drama Club Production

Affton High School

  • Jane Bohn, School Counselor, AP Testing for All
  • Tony Muyco, Social Studies, New York & Washington DC Trip
  • Laina Prehm, Social Worker, Technology Assistance for At-Risk Students
  • Judy Rethwisch, Theater, Adapting to Difficult Times

For additional information or to support the Affton Education Foundation, please visit their website at

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