Current Teachers Empowered by Grants from Local Retired Teachers

by Placerville Newswire / Apr 16, 2019 / comments

[Dina Gentry, EDCOE Communications Director. Image: "Students at Indian Diggings School study physics using a BlueTrack race car system purchased with a mini-grant."]

The California Retired Teachers Association (CalRTA), Division 73 of El Dorado County, recently awarded five $400 mini-grants to teachers in El Dorado County. Chapter President Tim Smith noted, “Every year teachers submit outstanding applications. Out of 50 entries, we were privileged to award five grants to support these innovative and engaging educators.”

Recipients included Grant Coffin, Superintendent/Principal of Indian Diggings School District; Anne Muir-Fisher, K-3 reading teacher at Green Valley Elementary School; Melissa Greene, 6th-grade math and science teacher at Pleasant Valley Middle School; Katie Rhoads, 4th-grade teacher at Gold Oak Elementary School; and Samantha Waltz, 7th and 8th-grade math, science, health, and phyisical education teacher at Miller’s Hill School. 

County Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Ed Manansala, expressed, “Thank you to CalRTA, Division 73 for supporting our teachers. You make El Dorado County a special place to work and raise a family.”  

The awards purchased supplemental science materials: a physics unit, a unit on heat and energy, hands-on materials for the Mystery Science Curriculum, and Kesler Science Inquiry Lab and Escape Rooms bundles. A grant also helped to purchase the Fountas and Pinnell Leveled Literacy Intervention Program.   
Margaret Kirchgater is the organization’s Mini-Grant Chairperson and noted, “It is evident that the need for materials to enhance and enrich the curriculum is expanding. We hope to provide additional mini-grants for the excellent teachers in El Dorado County.”  

The mission of California Retired Teachers Association is “To protect and advocate for retired and active educators’ pensions and other retirement benefits and to support public education in our communities.” Division 73 in El Dorado County communicates to their 270 plus members through a newsletter and several events. The Division produces fundraisers that provide scholarships for graduating high school seniors interested in a career in education and mini-grants for classroom teachers. 

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