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Educator-Designed Projects Earn VEA Mini-Grants


Our members have fantastic ideas for how to best teach and reach Virginia’s young people, and one way VEA backs those efforts is our Mini-Grant program. Each year, educators from around the state apply for funding to launch innovative lessons in their classrooms and schools. Each year, members of VEA’s Instruction and Professional Development Committee face the tough task of going through those applications and selecting the winners.

Here are the winning projects and members for the 2017-18 school year:

Cooking for Healthy Living
Maria Sarahan, Richmond

Developing A Love of Literacy in Very Young Students
Susan Madden, Frederick County

Expedited Letter/Sound Acquisition
Shaza Khaled Abdol-Hamid, Fairfax

Exploring Estuaries: Virtual Field Trips
Christal Imani Corey, Richmond

Growing as a Community Through Diverse Book Clubs
Cynthia Lynn Mullin, Loudoun

Improving Student Learning and Engagement Using Flexible Seating and Daily 5
Dawn K. Napper, Spotsylvania

It Jumped Right Off the Page!
Anne W. Straume, Albemarle

KEVA Maple Planks Makerspace
Barbara Haas, Richmond

Learning With a Magic Touch
Sheila Marie Hommema, Carroll

Let There Be Play
Karen Lynn  Jennings, Bedford

Let's Talk About It! Improving Vocabulary and Oral Language for ELL Students
Sara Anne Gable, Loudoun

Literacy Matters: Readers are Leaders
Meghan Stocks, Norfolk

Marvelous Monarchs
Michele Rzewski Copeland, Loudoun

Multicultural Children's Literature Book Club
Melissa Jean Wilson, Hampton

Penguin Pages
Kelly Hughes, Augusta

Personalized Reading Technology
Andrea Rushing Crawford, Bedford

Quality Lessons on Quantitative Skills
Heather D. LaBelle, Spotsylvania

Research Literacy for All
Karen Lee Sellers, Waynesboro

Roll With It
Carlene A. Lantz, Rockingham

The Martian: Programming the Pathfinder
Jenn H. Robinson-O'Brien, Stafford


The Most Magnificent Thing - Family STEAM Night
Dana Marie Watson, Frederick County

Then and Now: The Fight for Acceptance
Sabrina Michelle Hayes, Suffolk




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