AEF Awards Over $33,900 to Affton Teachers

AEF Awards Over $33,900 to Affton Teachers
Posted on 11/22/2019
AEF Awards Over $33,900 to Affton Teachers

Affton teachers were surprised last week in their classrooms when members of 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 387 grants in the amount of $344,433.88.

For the 2019-2020 school year, the Foundation awarded $33,924.65 for 30 grants which included: social-emotional learning resources, field trips, innovative learning tools and resources, reimbursement and cost reduction for Advanced Placement exams, and more.

Affton Early Childhood:

  • Erin Kaiser & Greta Pitcher, Pre-K, AECC Outdoor Classroom
  • Kate Pitcher, ELLC 2-Day Institute for ParaEducators

Mesnier Primary School:

  • Jennifer Conkwright, Kindergarten, Customized Work Stations to Meet the Needs of ALL Students
  • Kelsey Deery, Kindergarten, Bridging the Gap Pre-K - Kindergarten
  • Cheryl Ladd, Kindergarten, Fine Motor Skills & Foundations for Learning
  • Julie Livingstone, Kindergarten, Supporting Social Emotional Learning
  • Paige Preiss, Kindergarten, Literacy & Math: Best Practices for Customizing & Differentiating

Gotsch Intermediate School:

  • Jacqueline Beyer & Molly Fox, Fifth Grade, Project Innovation
  • Logan Felder, Music, We Love to Drum!
  • Brooke Hadler, PE, Archery in the PE Curriculum
  • Nicki Hejlek, Fourth Grade, Breakout Edu
  • Julie Oceguera, Fifth Grade, Tower Garden
  • Kara Sanders, MakerSpace, Upping the Level of Prototyping with Circuits and Programming
  • Amy Todt, ELL, LEGOs

Rogers Middle School:

  • Brooke Biernbaum, FACS, FACS Foods
  • Colette Book, ELA, Affton Reads! Book Club
  • Scott Ellis, Science, Discovering the Potential Within: Young Gentlemen of RMS (Role Model Students)
  • Laura Hubbard, Gifted, Marketing with Maker Time
  • Natalie Kilgore, Health, Adventure in Medicine at SLU School of Medicine
  • Mary Walter, ELL, Missouri First State Capitol/Katy Trail

Affton High School:

  • Jane Bohn, Counselor, Block Grant for AP Test Funding
  • Mary Giunta, Troy Kozak, Dan Polokonis, College Tours: Northeastern Universities
  • Brian Jennings, ELA, "If You Can't Bring the Mountain to the Poet…"
  • Colleen Malone, Speech, Seeing in High Definition
  • Mary Beth Merlo and Gina Stewart, SSD, Mentoring Matters
  • Matthew O’Brien, Modern Language, Readers for Spanish II
  • Judith Rethwisch, Theater, Preparing for your Future
  • Michelle Rocco, Art, iPads for Art Accessibility
  • Rebecca Sparks, Science, Making Chemistry More Comprehensible & Tangible

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

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