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2014 Newcomb Grant recipients share insights, experiences with college

   Eight recent University of Wyoming graduates returned to campus this fall to share their experiences as first-year teachers, and to discuss the ways in which a College of Education grant supported their transition into the profession.

   The Lola B. Newcomb Beginning Teacher Support Grant was made possible by a gift from the estate of Mrs. Newcomb, who attended summer school at the College of Education in the 1930s.

   The Newcomb Grant provides $1,000 in professional development funds to first-year teachers in Wyoming school districts who are graduates of UW.  Grants may be used for a range of activities, including:

  • Mentoring
  • Conferences and workshops
  • Travel related to those activities
  • Substitute time to allow the recipient to participate in mentoring and professional development opportunities
  • Purchase of materials for the classroom.


  Grant recipients must return to campus on “Newcomb Day” to share what they have learned with our students, faculty and staff. Applications for the Newcomb Grant are available each fall, through the Education Dean’s Office.  

  Kelsey English is a general education second grade teacher at North Elementary in Rock Springs. Kelsey used her grant to purchase four iPads to increase student engagement in her classroom. The iPads allow her and her students to access free and low-cost educational Lapps that capture student interest and enhance student learning. Kelsey also planned to use the tool for a range of classroom management functions.

   Robert Gilmore is a fifth grade teacher at Crest Hill Elementary in Casper. Robert used his grant to purchase an iPad, Lapps and classroom supplies to both enhance his teaching capacity and the accessibility of essential tools for all of his students.

   Kelly Horn teaches kindergarten at Saratoga Elementary School in Saratoga. Kelly used her grant to support attendance at two conferences, the Wyoming Stream Team workshop and the Common Core Institute. She also used funds to expand her classroom library and to purchase supplies to enhance her instruction.

  Stephanie McKinney teaches third and fourth grade at Rock River Elementary School in Rock River.  She taught fourth and fifth grade classes last year. The Newcomb Grant allowed Stephanie to purchase three iPads, accessories and Lapps to support learning and engagement in her classroom and after school tutoring for her students.

    Katie Mitchelll is a second grade teacher at Anderson Elementary in Cheyenne.  Funds from the Newcomb Grant supported Katie’s attendance at the Love and Logic Educator and Parent Retreat this summer. She also used the grant to purchase books and supplies to enhance her classroom library.

   Trisha Astron teaches kindergarten at Encampment School in Encampment.  Trisha used funds from the grant to attend the Love and Logic Educator and Parent Retreat in Copper Mountain, Colo., this summer. She also purchased tools to support her mathematics instruction from her grant.

  Kelsey Ireland Tobin launched her career last year, teaching first grade at Westside Elementary School in Powell. This year, she moved to a fifth grade classroom. Kelsey’s Newcomb Grant is supporting implementation of Project Citizen, a civic education program sponsored by the Wyoming Partnership for Civic Education, in her classroom, , building a classroom library for Daily Five implementation, and CSS unit/assessment resources from Teachers Pay Teachers.

   Sadie Wilson is a fifth grade at Conestoga Elementary School in Gillette, moving to that grade level after teaching kindergarten in 2013-14. Sadie used her grant to attend “2 Sisters” workshops in Minneapolis this summer. The event offered an introduction to the Daily 5 and the CAÉ programs and an opportunity to explore how each might be used to enhance her teaching and support student learning.

2014 Newcomb Grant recipients

2014 Newcomb Grant recipients
Eight early-career teachers, recipients of the 2014 Lola B. Newcomb Beginning Teacher Support Grant, returned to the University of Wyoming in September to share their classroom experiences with College of Education students and faculty. Grant recipients visited classes, met with administrators, and presented public overviews of how they used their grants during their first year of teaching. Shown during a break in their schedules are (front row, left to right): Kelsey Ireland Tobin, Powell; Sadie Wilson, Gillette; Kelly Horn, Saratoga; Kelsey English, Rock Springs; (back row, left to right) Stephanie McKinney, Rock River; Katie Mitchell, Cheyenne; Trisha Astron, Encampment; and Robert Gilmore, Casper.

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