Special To The Record

The WOCCISD Education Foundation stampeded into classrooms at four different schools surprising teachers with the first ever grant awards for innovative teaching Jan. 7.

Twelve grants totaling over $17,000 were presented to teachers at North Early Learning Center, West Orange – Stark Elementary, West Orange – Stark Middle, and West Orange – Stark High Schools.

The grant awards committee of the Education Foundation reviewed more than 45 teacher grant request proposals. The committee said their task of the selection of grant award winners was particularly challenging, as all of the applications were so outstanding and deserving.

Dr. Lois Bready, of San Antonio, was present to help award the grants. Dr. Bready and her brother, Doug Bready, and their families established the Foundation in memory of their parents Eva and Gerald Bready.

Eva Bready was a beloved and innovative teacher in the WOCCISSD School District who prepared a generation of students to excel in science and to make significant contributions to their communities. Both Eva and Gerald Bready were passionate supporters of the importance of science and math education.

The grants were also funded by generous donations from the community to help prepare another generation to excel.

The grants will allow teachers to expand educational opportunities.

Bill Conway said, “The WOCCISD Education Foundation visited all District campuses today as a prize posse. The enthusiasm of the committee raised the level of excitement of our teaching staff to a new high. As Superintendent, I want to thank the Foundation for the new found excitement. What a privilege it has been to be associated with this group.”

The WOCCISD Education Foundation is a not for profit 501(c) 3 created in 2009.
Members of the Board of Directors of the WOCCISD Education Foundation are Linn Cardner, president; Jane Pachar Stephenson, vice-president, Terese McKee, secretary; and Jennifer Cowling-Burtsfield, treasurer.

Additional Board Members are Margaret Adams, Doug Bready, Dr. Lois L. Bready, Krispen Walker Choate, Tommie L. Daniel, Al Granger, Sam Kittrell, Stephen Lee, Pete Amy, Bill Conway, Andrew Hayes, and Lorraine Shannon.