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AUSD Teachers Awarded Mini-Grants in This Season of Giving

Nine teachers who received mini grants from Delta Kappa Gamma are pictured with Rose Gant, the DKG mini-grants chairman, at center, and AUSD Superintendent Denise Jaramillo, back row right. Photo courtesy of AUSD.


Alhambra , CA

Last week’s meeting of the Alhambra Unified School District Board of Education celebrated the new board leadership roles, the great achievements of AUSD student-athletes in CIF competition and the good works of the International Futbol Club in collecting toys for needy AUSD students at Christmas time.

The room was filled to capacity with student-athletes and their parents for this final board meeting of 2019. After their honors were bestowed, most of the room emptied out as attendees headed for the adjacent Cafe AUSD for a celebratory reception.

The few who remained witnessed an event that spoke to the commitment teachers make to bring added value to their classrooms and the education of their students. It was the official awarding of mini-grants, worth $5,435, to 14 AUSD teachers by the local chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, the international society that promotes excellence in education and the growth of women educators.

The grants, which ranged from $250 to $500, will be used for a variety of endeavors including funding for teachers to attend conferences, medical supplies for an anatomy class, sign-language resources for hearing impaired students, and Ozobot kits for teaching coding to elementary school students.

“Community partnerships and sponsorships for teacher grants are valued and appreciated because there will never be enough funding to support education,” said AUSD Superintendent Denise Jaramillo.

Nine of the 14 teachers who received the DKG grants were in attendance that night.

One by one, they came forward and gave their name, their school and briefly described their projects to the members of the AUSD board.

Rose Gant, the DKG mimi-grants chairman, presented the awards. In answer to an e-mail from Alhambra Source, she said the chapter developed the endowment for the gifts from the will of educator Beebe Nuetzman, an educational fund committee was formed in her name and they oversee the investment for DKG and award the mini-grants. At the start of the school year, applications were sent to the several school districts. In addition to AUSD they included Arcadia, Glendale, La Canada, Pasadena and LAUSD.

In addition DKG contributes to other community projects including Schools on Wheels, Hillsides, CASA and Jared Boxes.

DKG’s local chapter is not the only organization helping AUSD with important mini grants.

The Rotary Club of Alhambra gives between $5,000 and $10,000 in teacher grants each year, usually in February. And the Alhambra Day Nursery, which has a $1 million endowment, gives AUSD money for classified employees who want to pursue teaching credentials. 

“The generosity of Delta Kappa Gamma—and of the other non-profits like Rotary Club of Alhambra and the Alhambra Day Nursery—mean a great deal to our teachers, our students and to the whole AUSD Community,” Jaramilo said in a statement. “The gift of grants is an investment in our community’s future.”

Those wishing to contribute to support AUSD teacher initiatives may do so by contacting Janet Lees, AUSD Assistant Superintendent of Education Services at  [email protected]  or by phone at 626 943-5000.

A full list of the teacher’s and their  Delta Kappa Gamma grants follows.

  1. Larry Ambriz, Alhambra High School. $400—conference, Educating for Careers.
  2. Rosalyn Collier, Emery Park Elementary. $405—conference, National Conference of Teachers of Math.                                                                
  3. Jennifer Eng, Marguerita Elementary School. $240—conference, Strategies for Early Childhood Development.    
  4. Melanie Hiller, Granada Elementary School. $320. A-Z subscriptions for deaf children.
  5. Rose Jong, Emery Park Elementary School. $500 Ozobots Kits                   
  6. Johnnie Lau,  Alhambra High School. $455. Class set of history books for AP courses.
  7. May Lee, Brightwood Elementary School.  $500. Social studies DVDs and books.
  8. Jennie Malonek, Alhambra High School. $500. Medical supplies for anatomy class.             
  9. Jayson Pineda, Alhambra High School. $455. Ceramic tiles: recreating famous paintings.     
  10. Mara Reyes, Baldwin Elementary School.  $355. Art materials for classroom.          
  11. Jose Sanchez, Alhambra High School. $250. Conference: California Council for Social Studies.
  12. Sheila Sutton, Mark Keppel High School. $480. Class set of the book “Know My Name.”
  13. Kristina Timblin, Granada Elementary School. $330. Sign language resources (updated materials: clipart, flash cards.)
  14. Susie Young, Emery Park Elementary. $240. Conference on Early Childhood Education. 

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