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Newcomb Grants Fund Eight New Teacher Projects in Wyoming Schools

September 25, 2014
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These 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 members. They visited classes, met with administrators and presented public overviews of how they used their grants during their first year of teaching. From left (front row) are Kelsey Redland Tobin, Powell; Sadie Wilson, Gillette; Kelly Horn, Saratoga; and Kelsey English, Rock Springs. From left (back row) are Stephanie McKinney, Rock River; Katie Mitchell, Cheyenne; Trista Ostrom, Encampment; and Robert Gilmore, Casper.

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 UW 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, classroom material purchases and professional development opportunities.

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

Recipients are:

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

Cheyenne -- Katie Mitchell, a second-grade teacher at Anderson Elementary. The Newcomb Grant supported her 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.

Encampment -- Trista Ostrom, a kindergarten teacher at Encampment School. She 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.

Gillette -- Sadie Wilson, a fifth-grade teacher at Conestoga Elementary School, taught kindergarten last year. She used her grant to attend “2 Sisters” workshops in Minneapolis this summer. The event introduced the Daily 5 and the CAFÉ programs, and was an opportunity to explore how each might be used to enhance her teaching and support student learning.

Powell -- Kelsey Redland Tobin, a first-grade teacher at Westside Elementary School, who moved to a fifth-grade classroom this year. Her grant supports 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 assessment resources from Teachers Pay Teachers.

Rock River -- Stephanie McKinney, a third- and fourth-grade teacher at Rock River Elementary School. The Newcomb Grant allowed her to purchase three iPads, accessories and apps to support learning and engagement in her classroom and after-school tutoring for her students.

Rock Springs -- Kelsey English, a general education second grade teacher at Northpark Elementary. She 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 apps that capture student interest and enhance student learning. She also planned to use the tool for a range of classroom management functions.

Saratoga -- Kelly Horn, a kindergarten teacher at Saratoga Elementary School. She 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.

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