Cincinnati Teachers Win Fund for Teachers Grants; Become Students Again This Summer

National nonprofit respects teachers’ professionalism; funds dream summer odysseys; Eight teachers off to 13 countries to impact student learning in Cincinnati classrooms


May 7, 2012 (HOUSTON) - Fund for Teachers recently awarded 8 Cincinnati educators $39,000 in grants to pursue learning adventures they designed.  After proposing what they want to learn and where they want to learn it via an online application, a committee of civic, corporate, education and philanthropic leaders from across the state selected the winners.  These preK-12 educators now embark on their global fellowships throughout the summer. Examples of the winning fellowships include:

• Carla Lamb (Clark Montessori High School) who will explore art adorning walls/public spaces in Seattle, Berlin and Prague to witness how intended barriers now connect communities and to teach students that street art can be purposeful, embody strong aesthetics and unite diverse populations;

• Robert Hollifield (Gilbert A. Dater High School) who will navigate through seven national parks, three private nature reserves, three active volcanoes, and one costal ecosystem in Costa Rica to introduce students to biodiversity outside their urban Ohio environment and ignite a passion to engage in local activities promoting environmental awareness and protection; and,

• Anne-Catherine Foster (Academy of Multilingual Immersion Studies) who will participate in an intensive Spanish language immersion program in Boquete, Panama, to better comprehend how ESL students’ life experiences inform their success in acquisition of the English language and culture.
A complete list of Cincinnati’s 2012 Fund for Teachers grant recipients is available at

Since 2001, approximately 5,000 preK-12 educators pursued this unique style of professional development using $18M in Fund for Teachers grants.  Since 2010, 18 Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky teachers have received more than $87,500 to pursue new knowledge on five continents. Teachers interested in applying for a 2013 summer grant may apply online beginning October 1, 2012.

“Fund for Teachers grants fall right in line with President Obama’s RESPECT initiative that’s striving to make teaching America’s most important and respected profession,” said Karen K. Webb, Fund for Teachers executive director. “For 12 years, Fund for Teachers’ grants have honored exemplary teachers’ quest for life-long learning and intensified the impact they make in the classroom. By rewarding our nation’s best teachers with opportunities to deepen their scholarship, we’re catalyzing students’ growth, as well.”

Fund for Teachers partners with Strive to administer these grants locally.

“Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky teachers seeking out Fund for Teachers grants displayed creativity, innovation and dedication to their profession and their students,” said Jeff Edmondson, president of The Strive Partnership. “After completing their fellowships, these teachers will return to local classrooms equipped with new insights, skills and experiences that change the trajectory of learning for our students. These exemplary teachers will also be able to share these lessons with their peers to bring education to life for children across the region.”

Fund for Teachers enriches the personal and professional growth of teachers by supporting their pursuit of learning opportunities around the world that have the greatest impact on their practice, their students and their school communities. Watch Impact the Future to hear from teachers the role Fund for Teachers makes on education today. Visit or for more information on applying for or supporting Fund for Teachers grants.