AEF Awards Over $28,600 to Affton Teachers

AEF Awards Over $28,600 to Affton Teachers
Posted on 10/19/2018
AEF Awards Over $28,600 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 357 grants in the amount of $310,509.

For the 2018-2019 school year, the Foundation awarded $28,638 for 35 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:

  • Greta Pitcher, Pre-K, Conscious Discipline School Resources

Mesnier Primary School:

  • Jeniffer Ackerman, Library, Beyond Henry & Mudge: Providing Diverse Characters
  • Laura Bangert, Music, Dabbling in the Digital Music World
  • Jennifer Conkwright, Kindergarten, Document Camera to Support Reading, Writing & Math
  • Rebecca Dedert, Kindergarten, Letters Alive Plus
  • Kelsey Deery, Kindergarten, Customized Balanced Literacy
  • Amanda Hogan, First Grade, Engaging Texts for All Students
  • Cheryl Ladd, Kindergarten, Social-Emotional Learning: The How & Why
  • Selma Kliment, Kindergarten, Innovative Technology Tools
  • Julie Livingstone, Kindergarten, Supporting ABC Bootcamp in Kindergarten

Gotsch Intermediate School:

  • Logan Felder, Music, Recorders
  • Nicki Hejlek, Third Grade, STEM Materials/Bins
  • Anna Steffen, Third Grade, Dot & Dash
  • Taylor Pierce, Third Grade, Breakout EDU for Innovative Learning
  • Amy Todt, ELL, Tower Garden
  • Kim Westrich, Art, Architecture Studio

Rogers Middle School:

  • Kathleen Hollenberg and Pam Miller, SSD, Garden of Growth
  • Natalie Kilgore, Health, Adventure in Medicine at SLU School of Medicine

Affton High School:

  • Aaron Bernabo, Science, AP Physics 1 Test Assistance
  • Ellen Birkedal, Orchestra, AHS Orchestra Visits the Symphony
  • Chris Boley, Math, AP Exam Relief
  • Cathy Cartier, English Language Arts, Colors of the Mountain
  • Brian Esselman and Rob Uthoff, Social Studies, AP Capstone - AP Seminar & AP Research
  • Laurie Free, Science, Funding for AP Biology Exam
  • Paula Gyllenborg, Modern Language, National French Exam
  • Brian Jennings, English Language Arts, To AP or Not To AP
  • Rebecca Koblents, Business, Funds for AP Exam
  • Stephanie Matteson, Science, STEM Classroom
  • Mary Beth Merlo and Gina Stewart, SSD, Mentoring Matters
  • Matthew O’Brien, Modern Language, Pre-AP: Preparation Materials for AP Spanish
  • Tony Muyco, Social Studies, AP Government & Politics
  • Daniel Polokonis, Math, AP Calculus AB & AP Calculus BC Exam Cost Reduction
  • Judith Rethwisch, Theater, Enrichment Opportunities for Theatre Arts Students
  • Michelle Rocco, Art, Collaborative Mural Supplies and AP Portfolio Financial Aid

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

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