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Teacher Grants are the heart of PCEF. They are one-time awards and are typically for innovative programs, requested by classroom teachers. Thanks to our thoughtful donors, and an anonymous $20,000 gift, PCEF was able to fund $75,000 in Teacher Grants for the 2016 - 2017 school year.

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Special thanks to Deer Valley Resort and their support of the Teacher Grant Program.

“I believe the Teacher Grants are really the grass roots of the Ed Foundation. These are ideas that are completely born in the classroom and owned by the teachers. These teachers, who are in the trenches, are truly the people who know what it takes to keep students engaged and to help them learn, and we get to help them in these endeavors. Teacher Grants enhance our classrooms and make good teachers even better. “

Lynn Cier, Teacher Grant Chair

All grants must fall into one of the following PCEF interest areas:

  • Academic Rigor
  • College and Career Readiness
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Professional Development & Teacher Recognition
  • STEM
  • Student Wellness
  • The Arts

Read the Park Record article!

Teacher Grants by PCEF Interest Area:

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Teacher Grants by School:

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There are 3 different types of Teacher Grants, named for three amazing educators:

Linda Singer Berrett Endowed Grant

Linda Singer Berrett, an Iowa native, spent most of her adult life and education career in Park City, Utah.  As a speech therapist, special education teacher and elementary school principal, she spent 23 years in the Park City School District, dedicated to enriching the lives of the people in her community through education.  Linda’s love of life and the importance of education was evident in the way in which she integrated her personal and professional life, whether it was arranging for a hot-air balloon to visit the school or sharing tales of trail rides as she walked the halls in her signature red cowboy boots.  With a warm smile, a ready laugh, and a way of making each child feel special, Linda was a consummate professional. 

A long-standing child advocate, a valued colleague, and an active member of the community, Linda understood the job of educating children was shared by everyone, be it parent, educational professional, or community business leader.  As a teacher, she was quick to tell you of the things she learned from her students.  As a principal, she made it her practice to keep abreast of the most recent educational trends and to share them with her staff and fellow educators.  The yardstick by which Linda measured all educational and professional decisions was this:  Is it good for children?  She supported diversity and valued the differences among us. 

Linda modeled the application of individualized teaching techniques and differentiation strategies.  Administratively, she set guidelines and provided materials and support so her staff implemented the same, supporting others in their quest of education and professional growth.  Her memory will live on in the lives of those she touched here in the Park City School District and through our teachers and students who will benefit through this scholarship.

  • Grants awarded for Elementary, Middle or High School Programs that actively support diversity and differentiation through
    • Identification of student needs, and/or
    • Modification of activities, approaches or outcomes, and/or
    • Staff development opportunities that emphasize high-quality curriculum and instruction as the starting point for meaningful curriculum differentiation
  • Priority given to grade-level, department or school-wide programs that meet the above criteria.
  • Grant range: $50 - $2,500

Nele Needham Endowed Grant

Nele (Nay la) Needham dedicated many volunteer hours to educating the children of Park City.  She founded the Masterpieces in Art program, an arts education curriculum for elementary grades, organized with the help of Kimball Art Center.  An active teacher of English as a second language, Nele endeared herself to students of all ability levels.  She believed no student deserved to fall through the cracks.

  • Grants awarded for Elementary School programs in grades K-6.
  • Priority given to grade-level, department or school-wide programs that could be expanded to all elementary schools in the District.
  • Priority given to grants that promote:
    • The Arts, Culture or Cultural events
    • Programs for children with special needs
  • Grant range: $50 - $2,500

Nancy DeFord Educator Initiative Program

  • Designed to encourage and facilitate innovative and creative instruction in the classroom
  • Grant range: $100 - $15,000

To apply for a Teacher Grant, click here.

Not all grants could be funded. If you would like to inquire about funding a grant, please contact Abby McNulty at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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