Garland ISD teachers awarded $5K

Former Garland ISD Board of Trustees president Jed Reed, Dawn Warnsley of Lyles Middle School, with Lisa Cox and Andy Smith.

Three Garland ISD teachers were awarded $5,000 for their personal use at the May 28 GISD Board of Trustees meeting as part of the Texas Instruments Foundation Innovations in STEM Teaching Award.

Partnering with the Texas Instruments Foundation, the Garland ISD Education Foundation named its fifth annual TI Foundation Innovations in STEM Teaching Award winners. This year’s winners are Dawn Warnsley from Lyles Middle School, Trina Cunningham from North Garland High School and Jessica Garcia from Sachse High School.

GISD is one of six districts selected to receive a grant that rewards science, technology, engineering and math education. This is the fifth year for the district to receive this reward. The grant to the foundation totals $31,500; funds from this grant are used on these three secondary GISD teachers.

“This year’s winners exemplify the 21st century learning and innovation that takes place every day across our district, and they are being honored with a $10,000 grant prize each,” said foundation president Lisa Cox.

That night the three teachers were awarded $5,000 for their personal use.

“Later this summer they will receive the additional $5,000 to be used for STEM-related professional development, technology and/or classroom materials,” she added.

Andy Smith, executive director of the TI Foundation, presented this year’s winners with checks and medallions.

“Each of these individuals gives up their time far beyond the normal school hours. They are leaders are their campuses but they are also mentors across Garland ISD,” Cox said.

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