The Texas Retired Teachers Foundation (TRTF) announced the recipients of its 2018 classroom assistance grants, including Paris High School teacher Hope Anthony and TG Givens Early Childhood Center teacher Shawn Reeves.
The foundation awards grants to Texas public school teachers creating innovative programs for Texas classrooms.
TRTF awarded thirty $500 grants to teachers across the state. Mary Nell Scott, a member of the TRTF board of trustees, visited Paris ISD to award the grants.
Anthony teaches Algebra at Paris High School and will implement Breakout Room activities for all high school math classes.
Breakout Rooms involve using clues, games, tools, and puzzles to solve a lesson-focused mystery while enabling students to use teamwork, problem-solving, critical thinking, and troubleshooting skills.
Reeves works at TG Givens Early Childhood Center where he will build an outdoor extension of his Pre-K enrichment classroom.
This will be an all-natural science and discovery area. Reeves will purchase the raw materials, such as chipped bark, filler, potting/digging and water stations, and large boulders, while utilizing free materials from the school maintenance department (logs, etc.) to complete the area.