Partnership awards nearly $75,000 in Teacher Leadership Grants

Thirty-four Wake County public school teachers will be awarded $75,000 in classroom grants for the coming year thanks to local business investments in Wake Education Partnership.

The Partnership announced grants to individuals and teaching teams in Innovative Instruction at a recent program attended by more than 100 educators and business leaders in downtown Raleigh. The grants are focused on the arts, dental health, early childhood literacy, math, life science, health and nutrition, and autism education.

Additionally, two inaugural awards were made: the Dr. Sherri Merritt Literacy Scholarship and the Elizabeth Grimes-Droessler Arts Education Award.

Teacher Leadership Grants for the 2013-2014 academic year were made possible by Time Warner Cable, Biogen Idec., GlaxoSmithKline, Food Lion, Quintiles, the Carolina Hurricanes Kids ‘N Community Foundation, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, Duke Raleigh Hospital, VantageSouth Bank, the Sherri Merritt Literacy Scholarship Fund and the Hit It Far For Kirby golf tournament.

The Teacher Leadership Grants program is one of the Partnership’s longest-running programs, allowing the business community to invest almost $1 million in classroom programs during the past 26 years.

Grant applications were reviewed by a committee of volunteers from Wake County’s business leaders and educators. Criteria included the sustainability of a program, contributions to professional development and improved student achievement. Recipients and team leaders of Teacher Leadership Grants for the 2013-2014 school year are:


Christine Eason – Brier Creek Elementary School

Elizabeth Luna – Athens Drive High School

Janice Wilson – Briarcliff Elementary School

Exceptional Children with Autism

Julie Blas – Lincoln Heights Elementary School

Trisha Dillon – Sycamore Creek Elementary School

Laura Palacios – Heritage High School

Beth Tomlinson – Timber Drive Elementary School

Dental Health

Kristen Arnold – Creech Road Elementary School

Angel Reavis – Hodge Road Elementary School

Dr. Sherri Merritt Literacy Scholarship

Marlana Donald – Hope Charter Elementary School

Jane Ferguson – Lake Myra Elementary School

Early Childhood Literacy

Joan Certa-Moore – Brooks Elementary School

Beth Schetter – Lacy Elementary School


Karyn Gloden – Wake Young Women’s Leadership Academy

Rene’ Herrick – Fuquay-Varina Elementary School

Amanda Hummel – Hilburn Academy

Susan Klaric – Carroll Middle School

Tiffany Lachenmayr – Timber Drive Elementary School

Ed Ryan – Yates Mill Elementary School

David Sammons – Sanderson High School

Terri Walker – Farmington Woods Elementary School

Life Science

Beth Campbell – Mt. Vernon School

Barb Fair – Kingswood Elementary School

Marcia Ferreira – Morrisville Elementary School

Milly Hodges – North Garner Middle School

Jennifer Holcomb – Rand Road Elementary School

Carrie Jones – Middle Creek High School

Michelle LeRoy – Penny Road Elementary School

Janet Pride – Combs Elementary School

Jodi Riedel – Wakefield High School


Kelly Carroll – Millbrook Elementary School

Connie Daniel – Vandora Springs Elementary School

Nutrition Health

Laura Piraino – Exploris Middle School

Jeannie Ransone – Sanderson High School

2013 Teacher Leadership Grant recipients


About Wake Education Partnership

Wake Education Partnership is a non-profit organization that plays a critical role in helping business leaders, elected officials and educators work toward the common goal of increasing student performance measured against world-class academic standards. It is an independent non-profit dedicated to creating world-class schools in Wake County through business engagement and community involvement. For more information, please contact us through this web site or by calling 919.821.7609.

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