Excellence in Education: Thursday, May 2 · 6 – 8pm

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Teacher Mini Grant Recipients


Teacher School Title
Janet Caiola NHS Spanish Books
Casey Andersen CMS
Busy Bees Coding Initiative
Zachary Burger BMHS
QBall-The throwable microphone
Naomi Jacoby Jefferson Mas Libros
Allison Andrade Wolfpit
Understanding Emotions
Elizabeth Sheils Wolfpit
Building the Wolpit String Orchestra
Dr. David Rich BMHS
Bridging Stem & SEL in classroom
Elizabeth Griffin Rowayton
TEESOL membership to support MLLs
Victoria Bonilla Brookside
Chapter Books for Little Hands and Big Brains
Maria Paris Jefferson Ocean Clean Up
Day Mitchell Wolfpit
Creating a Meditation $ Creation Station
Diana White BMHS Art “Centered”
Lisa Marsillio Ponus
Udate our Library
Amanda Brown NHS
Psychology through Literature
Alyssa Zellermayer
First Grade Manipulative
Renee Neiger Cranbury
Empowering Tomorrow’s Innovators
Shannon Bowley BMHS
Circut Design Suite
Brenda Barto Ponus
Creatiing Makerspaces
Colleen Brosnan Ponus
Samsung Solve for Tomorrow
Jodi Flom Nathanson
Fox Run Fox Run Codes
Laura Inman BMHS
Attending a Seminar
Erica Zirulnik BMHS
Impress Me-A Forensic Dental Lab
Jenny Stevens NHS
Empowering Students through Issued-Based Photography
Rosheika Vaughan
Sphero Bots for Coding
Alexander Meli Wolfpit
STEAM success with Ozobot
Nicole Kosbob West Rocks OG Training


Norwalk Education Foundation

  • Mission

The mission of the Norwalk Education Foundation is to work closely with Norwalk Public Schools to provide programs and services to children in Norwalk so they can achieve academic success and grow socially and emotionally.

  • Teacher Resources and Innovation

NEF offers teacher mini-grants to develop and implement instructional projects that motivate and challenge students to learn. Proposals must support unique classroom projects that enliven and enrich the curriculum.

  • Enhance Student Learning

The Shark Tank competition requires students to “sell” a proposal to enhance their school.  In the past, ideas have addressed academics, extra-curricular activities, social-emotional well being, physical health/nutrition and safety.  We awarded several thousand dollars to support 30 student proposals in the past 2 years.

  • Community Collaboration

The College Essay Mentor program began in 2015.   Teachers, administrators and volunteers from the community, were trained by a college essay consultant to coach high school seniors.  After the first year, an admissions officer from UCONN contacted Norwalk High School to say she has never read such great essays from Norwalk.

NEF partners with community organizations to host community outreach workshops.  This fall, we are hosting a College Admission Workshop and a Stress Management panel for teens and parents.

  • Student Social and Emotional Health

NEF’s newest initiative addresses the high levels of stress that research has identified as a major difficulty for adolescents. In 2015, we piloted a program to teach kids stress-reduction techniques like meditation. Based on the positive data collected through this pilot program, NEF plans to offer such workshops to all middle and high school students in the fall.  NEF also partners with Norwalk ACTS working with the Health and Wellness workgroup to bring mindful meditation to the high school students.

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