AEF Awards over $30,000 to Affton Teachers

AEF Awards over $30,000 to Affton Teachers
Posted on 10/20/2016
AEF Awards over $30,000 to Affton Teachers





AEF AwardsAffton 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 294 grants in the amount of $258,017.

AEF Awards
For the 2016-2017 school year, the Foundation awarded $30,031 for 33 grants which included: Dancing Classrooms ballroom dancing enrichment program for fifth-graders, science and math resources, field trips, digital cameras, online curriculum, reimbursement and cost reduction for ACT and Advanced Placement exams, and more.

Affton Early Childhood:

  • Jan Lee & Michelle Pelizzaro, Parents As Teachers, PALS Playing & Learning Sessions

Mesnier Primary School:

  • Jeniffer Ackerman & Jennifer Edgar, Library, Aeroponics Tower Garden
  • Jennifer Conkwright, Kindergarten, Mentor Text & Storybooks for Reader’s/Writer’s Workshop
  • Selma Delic, Kindergarten, Incorporating a Wireless Document Camera within Learning Centers
  • Cheryl Ladd, Kindergarten, Customized Learning through Customized Instruction
  • Janet Peistrup, Title I Reading Specialist,  Reading Intervention Materials
  • Nicole Perkins, First Grade, Guided Math & Journals
  • Tonya Potter, First Grade, STEM Bins & Guided Math

Gotsch Intermediate School:

  • Jacqueline Beyer, Jennifer Molsbee, Ellen Birkedal & Jenny Stark, Fifth Grade, Music & PE, Dancing Classrooms
  • Kim Blankenship, Reading Specialist, Lower Level Picture Books
  • Rachel Eaton, Fifth Grade, Design Space Tools
  • Melissa Mendoza, Third Grade, STEM Bins
  • Laura Pezzani, SAIL, Saturday Parent-Child STEAM Morning
  • Kara Sanders, Fifth Grade, Scope This Out

Rogers Middle School:

  • Colette Book, Seventh Grade, Affton Reads! Book Club
  • Valerie Brinkman, Coordinator of 1:1 Programming, Video Broadcasts Using the Green Room
  • Natalie Kilgore, Health, Adventures in Medicines and Science
  • Alison Nixon, Seventh Grade, History Alive – The United States through Industrialism

Affton High School:

  • Marilyn Allen & Mary Giunta, Career & Technical Education Coordinator & College Counselor, ACT Work Keys Assessment
  • Jane Bohn & Heather Mayfield, School Counselors, Dual Credit Tuition Assistance
  • Chris Boley, Math, AP Statistics Exam Relief
  • Laurie Free & Max Mittler, Science, AP Exam Cost Reduction
  • Paula Gyllenborg, Modern Language, National French Exam
  • Brian Jennings, English, To AP or Not to AP
  • Brian Jennings & Colleen Malone, Film Production, Can You Hear Me Now?
  • Matthew O’Brien, Modern Language, Pre-AP: Preparation Materials for AP Spanish
  • Daniel Polokonis, Math, AP Calculus AB & AP Calculus BC Exam Cost Reduction
  • Judith Rethwisch, Theater, Opportunities for Future Learning
  • Michelle Rocco, Art, Art Department Digital Camera
  • Mandy Smith & Rob Uthoff, Social Studies, Jefferson City Field Trip Transportation

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

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