Endowment Awards Teacher Creativity Grants

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The program provides $12,000 to each of 100 fellows. The program provides $12,000 to each of 100 fellows.

The Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment has awarded more than $1 million to Indiana educators to fund travel, research and other personal and professional activities. The funding marks the 30th year for the endowment's Teacher Creativity Fellowship Program.

The grants will allow 100 teachers, principals, guidance counselors and school media specialists and librarians to take part in activities throughout the world aimed at renewing their commitment to education. The endowment says the educators will tap into interests ranging from artesian breadbaking to bee keeping. Each grant is for $12,000.

The program began in 1987, and has since awarded grants to more than 2,900 educators throughout Indiana. The 2017 class was selected from a pool of more than 500 applicants.

Attica Consolidated School Corp.  
Attica Junior/Senior High School  
Rachel M. Swank “Keep Calm and Carry On … to England!”—explore historical landmarks in England; electronically document experiences; prepare video lectures and digital lessons  

North Lawrence Community Schools  
Bedford North Lawrence High School  
Maria Edwards “Storytelling Through Music and Text”—study musical theatre at Tisch School of the Arts at New York University; develop original story into stage production   
Archdiocese of Indianapolis
St. Charles Borromeo School (nonpublic)
Michelle K. Goetz “What Would You Do for a Klondike Bar (of Gold)?”—follow footsteps of gold miners from San Francisco to the Klondike region of Alaska  
The Project School (charter)  
Cynthia A. Newland “Passport Through the Pages: A Photographic Journey Through Children’s Literature”—travel to locations of favorite childhood books; photograph settings and self-publish a children’s book

John R. Searcy “Plateau-ed No Longer: Using the Geology of the American Southwest to Uncover Buried Passions”—travel to Colorado Plateau; reflect on teaching experiences; renew passion for photography  

Scott R. Wallace “Home Is Where My Honey Is”—study, plan and build a honey bee yard; plant bee garden and add bee-friendly plants to vegetable garden  
Monroe County Community School Corp.  
The Academy of Science and Entrepreneurship
Ann M. Burke (2009) “Aye-Ayes, Baobabs and Cheetahs”—travel to Namibia to visit the Namib Desert, Etosha National Park and Cheetah Conservation Fund; study flora, fauna and biodiversity in Madagascar

Binford Elementary School  
Matthew A. Wooden “Nine-Year-Old Dreams: Digging for Dinosaurs”—prospect for fossil specimens in Montana, Nebraska and South Dakota; learn preservation techniques and display found fossils in fourth-grade classroom  

Bloomington High School North  
Alana H. Harrington “Finding Myself While Adventuring Westward Exploring Our National Parks”—explore seven western national parks, monuments and recreation areas; incorporate locally grown organic food in diet; reestablish school’s nature trail

Jackson Creek Middle School  
Joseph A. Donnelly “Film Scoring Workshop; Recording and Performance Project”—attend summer workshop on film scoring at New York University; create, record and perform an original film score with 20-piece orchestra   
MSD Bluffton-Harrison  
Bluffton-Harrison Middle School  
Tara N. Ulmer “Soul Service: Exploring Southeast Asia With Purpose”—explore Thailand’s culture and history; volunteer at youth- and refugee-serving organizations in Thailand   CARLISLE  Southwest School Corp.  Carlisle Elementary/Junior High School  Joni R. Weeks “Pipe Organs of the Past and Present”—explore grand pipe organs in Germany and France; enhance playing skills  

University High School of Indiana (nonpublic)  
Kirsten J. Northenscold “Breads of America”—study traditional baking techniques and heirloom grains; visit mills and attend classes at bakeries and institutes across the country  

Carmel Clay Schools  
Carmel High School  Mary L. Halfmann “Wonderfully Welsh: A Writing Odyssey”—attend writing course in Wales; study family history in Wales and Scranton, Pennsylvania, where coal-mining maternal ancestors migrated Mitchel A. Kane “Baked Alaska: Frozen Inside, Baked Outside”—visit Alaska to explore the ice sheets; learn about climate change from resident educators and local citizens  

Carmel Middle School  
Matt N. Moller (2009) “If Ezra Meeker* Could Do It, Why Can’t I?”—travel coast to coast via minivan, RV, Amtrak, airplane, riverboat, zipline, canoe, tram, hot air balloon, taxi, roller coasters and NASA launch simulator; apply lessons learned to physics curriculum that focuses on forces, motion, rockets, roller coasters and flight *early preservationist of the Oregon Trail     
Mill Creek Community Schools  
Cascade Middle School  
David C. Winters “A Moveable Feast”—retrace Ernest Hemingway’s daily routines and adventures in Paris as he wrote the book; revise and edit novel  

Whitley County Consolidated Schools  
Indian Springs Middle School `
Mary E. Hilger (2007) “The Power of Words…The Power of Images”—attend creative-writing workshop in Assisi, Italy; prepare manuscript incorporating personal writing and original art  

Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp.  
Central Middle School
Katherine R. Slabosky “Advice From a Glacier”—visit Iceland and Glacier National Park to observe glaciers and geology; photograph unique geologic features  

Columbus East High School  
Derek C. Chastain “Lost Among the Stars: Building a Telescope to Gaze Into Deep Space”— construct a large reflecting telescope; host star parties for students  

Crawfordsville Community School Corp.  
Mollie B. Hoover Elementary School  Ann M. Stanley “Connect – Create – Critique”—attend workshops in classical portrait painting; paint portraits of 31 cousins scattered across the U.S.  

Concord Community Schools  
Concord East Side Elementary School  
Jason E. Glashauser “Polska, Polska, Polska!”—attend Summer Polish Language and Culture Program at Jagiellonian University in Krakow; explore wife’s ancestral history and culture

Evansville-Vanderburgh School Corp.  
North High School  Denna S. Sharp “ChemDine”—study the science behind modern cuisine and fine dining; interview professional chefs; use information in chemistry and physics classes  

Hamilton Southeastern Schools  
Cumberland Road Elementary School  
David A. Greiwe “Engineering My Way Through Germany…As Easy As Riding a Bike”— acquire skills of a bicycle mechanic; cycle through ancestral Germany; prepare bike-related STEM activities for classroom

Fall Creek Intermediate School
Leslie D. Johnson “Exploring the American West”—travel to and through the American West; document through photography and video; prepare book that includes photographs, information and links to video, accessible from the book through a mobile device

Fishers High School  
Darcy E. Banitt
“America the Beautiful by Bike”—bicycle the U.S. from coast to coast; enhance landscape and wildlife photography skills  

Sand Creek Intermediate School
Heather L. Butz “Minecrafting History”—explore medieval castles in central Europe; create Minecraft-based unit for students to design their own castles and surrounding towns  

New Albany – Floyd County Consolidated School  
Floyd Central High School  
Angela V. Hampton “When It’s Baroque, Fix It!  Celebrating the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation”—investigate parallel journeys of Martin Luther and Johann Sebastian Bach, although 200 years separated them; study choral music from 17th and 18th century Europe   
Fort Wayne Community Schools  
Northrup High School  
Benjamin M. Caywood “Chasing the Wind and Spreading the Joy”—enroll in kiteboarding programs and lessons in North Carolina and Michigan; compete in regional contests and races; attend a professional kiteboarding event in Hood River, OR  

R. Nelson Snider High School  
Lori S. Heiges (2009) “Beyond Books: A Journey Into the Libraries of Australia and New Zealand”—visit public and school libraries in Australia and New Zealand to increase library usage in school  

Southwest Allen County School Corp.  
Homestead High School  
Angela G. Bailey (2003) “Reunion and Rebirth in Barcelona”—live in Barcelona for the summer; reunite with family that hosted her for a year while a student at Manchester College; use experiences to enhance curriculum   

Goshen Community Schools  
Goshen High School  
Andrew J. Brubaker “The Mountains Have a Story, But We Must Journey to Find It”—travel by mountain bike across 540-mile Colorado Trail; volunteer with Colorado Trail Foundation to maintain part of the trail; record experience through photography and videography  

Greenfield-Central Community Schools  
Harris Elementary School  
Allison L. Morgan “Picture This: A Social Worker Exploring the Land Down Under”— develop photography skills; attend conferences to learn methods of incorporating art into counseling; explore and photograph Australia and New Zealand; integrate art counseling into work with children  

Archdiocese of Indianapolis  
Our Lady of the Greenwood School (nonpublic)  
Julie A. Perigo “Byzantine Iconography: Exploring Sacred Art and Spirituality in the Eastern Christian Tradition”—study with master iconographer Charles Rohrbacher in Juneau, AK 
Center Grove Community School Corp.  
Center Grove High School  
Shiela K. Bickley “The Beast in the Garden: Seeking a Balance Between Man and Wildlife in Wild Places”—study the intersection between wildlife and people in Alaskan cities, commercial settings, state and national parks, and wilderness

William R. Cullom (2009) “A Walkabout the National Parks of Australia”—camp and hike in Australia’s national parks; photograph flora and fauna Center Grove Middle School  Michael S. Bolla “Teaching, Composing and Observing Music Throughout Europe”— experience musical culture, landscape, history and beauty of Ireland, The Netherlands and Italy; create a multimedia presentation and compose a musical soundtrack  

Blackford County Schools  
Blackford Junior High School  
Matthew E. Allen (2007) “My Original Thirteen Colonies: Their Death and Proposed Resurrection”—study backyard beekeeping; improve local honeybee genetics by raising queens from several strains  

Herron High School (charter) Austin E. Flynn “Words in Action: Chasing the Muse Across the Emerald Isle”— participate in writing retreats, tours and research in Ireland; draft and edit a full-length novel inspired by Irish folklore  

Indiana Connections Academy (charter)  
Jennifer A. Hudspeth (2006) “Ecosystems Through the Eyes of an Artist”—rekindle passion for drawing and painting nature scenes and wildlife by attending art classes locally and at the Yosemite Art Center; visit five Indiana state parks to sketch and photograph wildlife and ecosystems unique to each park; create on paper and canvas 10 pieces of artwork based on state parks   

Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired  
Margiy M. Outten “Building a Bridge From Indiana to India”—visit schools and organizations that work with the blind in New Delhi, Kolkata and Hyderabad, India 
International School of Indiana (nonpublic)
Jack H. McLoughlin “Reconnecting With a Past Life: A Return to Asia”—visit Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau; observe cultures and enhance conversational skills in Mandarin  

Park Tudor School (nonpublic)  
Conception Marin (2009)   “66 Degrees North of Summer: A Knitting-Literary Trek Through    Iceland”—trek, read and knit in Iceland; study Iceland’s people and culture  

Franklin Township Community School Corp.
Arlington Elementary School
James B. Preddy “The Long Way Round”—travel by motorcycle through Ireland and Scotland to explore family heritage; enroll in Celtic language class; make a kilt   

Indianapolis Public Schools
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Aaron J. Munson “Studying Ukulele, Slack-Key Guitar and Orff-Schulwerk”—enroll in ukulele and slack-key guitar lesson in Honolulu; attend Orff Level 2 workshop at Anderson University Department of Online Learning Alex J. Bienz “Oceans”—explore the Arctic, Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans; collect water samples from each; analyze with a biology teacher microorganisms, ocean density, hue and more; prepare classroom display of samples

George Washington Carver No. 87
Tawn Spicklemire “Discovering My Daughter’s Maya Roots in Guatemala”—explore history, archaeology, folkways, language and beauty of daughter’s ancestral land; learn Spanish from native speakers   Larue Carter Satellite School  Simone T. Hamel-Smith “In the Footsteps of Heloise: A Journey to the Middle Ages”—study the life of Heloise d’Argenteuil Abelard in Great Britain and France; practice French language skills   
MSD Lawrence Township
Brook Park Elementary School
Renee A. Erler “I Will Survive!”—train for and participate in wilderness survival classes and experiences in Virginia, Utah and the Grand Canyon; journal, sketch and photograph experiences; write a wilderness survival book for children  Lawrence North High School  Sylvania N. Hernandez “My Spanish Salvation: My Quest to Share My Hispanic Heritage”—take Spanish classes and live with host families in Guatemala and Spain  

MSD Pike Township
College Park Elementary School  
Margaret B. Mullin “Language is the Heart of Community”—enroll in Spanish immersion program in Costa Rica; explore local agricultural, cultural, cooking and craft traditions  Guion Creek Middle School  Amy L. Kamwendo “I Bless the Rains Down in Africa”—volunteer with the Performing Arts Abroad Program; work with children in South Africa and Malawi to develop themselves through music

Pike High School (Freshman Center)
Leal Smith “Rebel Without a Pause”—attend classes at the American Black Film Festival in Miami and the Vancouver Film School; produce a short film that explores the need for and benefits of education

Pike High School  
Mave L. Davis “Discovering Honduras: Experiencing Community and Culture”— volunteer and teach in orphanage in La Ceiba, Honduras  DuBoris Dickerson “Make It, Take It, Use It: Exploring the Boundary Waters in the Folk School Tradition”—build a kayak at the North House Folk School; take classes at the Ely Folk School on water safety, packing, portaging, and emergency prevention and management; canoe the Boundary Waters and camp in the wilderness  

MSD Warren Township
The Renaissance School
Amanda D. Holzhausen “Chasing the Ghost of a Widow”—explore grandmother’s history in rural West Virginia; write grandmother’s life story   
Warren Central High School  
Gerald A. Maillet “Build, Pedal, Repair, Repeat”—learn bicycle mechanics and build a road bike; ride from Dayton, OH to the Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kitty Hawk, NC  

MSD Washington Township  
Fox Hill Elementary School  
Carol Pierobon Hofer “A Real Ice-Breaker: An Up-Close-and-Personal Introduction to the Warm Weather Penguins of South Africa”—monitor and survey endangered South African penguin species on Robben Island  

Greenbriar Elementary School  
Amanda M. Hassen “Returning to the Heart”—return to Ethiopia where teacher volunteered during college and decided to become a teacher for at-risk and international students J. Everett Light Career Center  Caroline E. Scott “Exposing the Soul of British Gardens”—explore and photograph gardens in Northern Ireland, England and Scotland; create functioning gardens at home and at school    

MSD Wayne Township  
Ben Davis Ninth Grade Center  
Kathryn M. Winsor “Inspiring Awareness and Bringing Adventure Home: Nearpod Virtual Field Trips”—explore state and national parks; capture photographs while hiking, biking and snorkeling; create interactive virtual field trips for students Rhoades Elementary School  Molly C. Mote “Vincent Van Gogh’s Trek”—follow Van Gogh’s path through The Netherlands, Belgium and France; sketch and paint  

Greater Clark County Schools  
Jeffersonville High School  
Mark W. Reilly (2005) “Creepy Crawlies 101”—travel Highway 101 from San Diego to Seattle in search of butterflies and other six-legged creatures; study insects in the Chaparral biome in southern California and the temperate rainforest in Oregon and Washington   
East Noble School Corp.  
East Noble High School  
Aaron Edwards “Mathematics, Art and Architecture in Central Asia”—travel to Uzbekistan and Tajikistan to photograph geometric art; investigate Muslim contributions to mathematics; create video and unit for use in geometry classes  Bryan M. Munoz “Walking in Mozart’s Footsteps”—visit Mozart landmarks and museums of music history; attend performances; create interactive videos including interviews with Mozart historians   

South Newton School Corp.  
South Newton Middle School  
Tansey L. Mulligan (principal) “SerendipiTEA”—follow tea trails in London; study history, social significance and etiquette associated with British afternoon tea  

Northwestern School Corp.  
Northwestern High School  
Stephen A. Wilson (2008) “The Enigmatic Kaleidoscope: What You See is Not Always What You Get!”—venture into India on ancestral quest to understand how East Indians migrated to the Caribbean  

East Porter County School Corp.  
Diana R. Gill “Opa’s Accordion”—study accordion history in Germany, Czech Republic and Wisconsin; enroll in accordion lessons; start an open-mic program for students  

Union County College Corner Joint School District  
Union County High School  
Connie S. Rosenberger (principal) “Seeing Clearly Through Fused Glass”—enhance skills in creating fusedglass art; complete a fused-glass project to hang in office at school    
Logansport Community School Corp.  
Landis Elementary School  
Connie S. Peattie “Finding My Way by Rail: Festivals, Farmers’ Markets, Fitting In”— travel by train to experience cultures in other regions of the country to better understand needs of English learner students

Logansport High School  
Melanie M. Lang “Pieces of History: Creating a Holocaust Remembrance Quilt”—travel to Auschwitz and other Holocaust sites; attend course at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York City and visit several Holocaust-related museums; create quilt using fabric procured and signed at trip locations  

MSD Martinville  
John R. Wooden Middle School  Christine E. Long “Shag Carpet Classroom”—experience Italy’s opera houses, architecture, paintings and sculpture as learned from her mother’s art books on her living room floor as a child; photograph, sketch and blog through the journey  

Eastbrook Community Schools  
Eastbrook High School  
Doris and Stuart Goble  “The Locavore Bucket List”—visit historically significant places in Europe to experience culture through food; take cooking courses in Paris, Normandy, Tuscany and Barcelona  

Mooresville Consolidated School Corp.  
Northwood Elementary School  
Jonathan W. Nall “Biking Across Cuba”—bicycle from Havana to Santiago; stay with host families and interact with citizens in small towns, villages and cities; study music, culture and dance  

Muncie Community Schools  
East Washington Academy  
Jacquelyn S. Vegh “Oregon Mountain Challenge”—complete endurance hikes in Oregon’s Cascade Mountains; summit Mt. Scott in Crater Lake National Park 
New Prairie United School Corp.  
New Prairie Middle School  
Susan G. French “An American in Paris: Arrondissement par Arrondissement”—investigate the 20 neighborhoods (arrondissements) in Paris; create snapshots of daily life   

Peru Community Schools  
Peru Junior High School  
Tricia L. Sederholm “Learning Spanish With a Side of Evolution”—study Spanish in Indiana and Ecuador; explore the Galapagos Islands  

Plainfield Community Schools  
Brentwood Elementary School  
Michael J. Fritch “Dream Big, Build Tiny: My Tiny House Adventure”—build a tiny house; write a children’s book about the experience; read book to students at school  

Plymouth Community School Corp.
Plymouth High School
Rebecca J. Ippel “Hardwood and Hammers: Building Music Two Ways”—visit a smallscale hammered dulcimer builder and a larger artisan company; build a hammered dulcimer; take lessons, participate in jam sessions and attend a hammered dulcimer festival  

Jay County School Corp.  
Jay County High School  
Brittany D. Kloer “Aloha Indiana, Aloha Hawaii”—explore Hawaiian culture, agriculture, resources and conservation efforts    
North Gibson School Corp.  
Princeton Community Intermediate School  
James D. McClary (principal) “Walking in the Footsteps of My Kenyan Friend”—retrace friend’s journey from rural Kenyan village to his position at a Kenyan university; explore Kenya’s natural wonders  

Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend  Saint John the Baptist Catholic School (nonpublic)  
Michele R. Weldy “Stories of the Civil War: The Unforgettable Tales of Six Regiments”— research 6th Indiana, 7th Louisiana, 99th Pennsylvania, 18th North Carolina, 19th Indiana and 22nd Alabama regiments; visit key battlefields, camps and museums; write short stories of historical fiction   

South Bend Community Schools  
McKinley Primary Center  
Elizabeth A. Byrum “One Green Planet: Celebrating a Passion for Ocean Wildlife”—explore marine wildlife at aquariums in Cincinnati, Chicago and Atlanta; spend extended time in and around Monterey Bay, CA  

Vigo County School Corp.  
Fayette and Rio Grande Elementary Schools;
West Vigo Middle School

Patricia L. Curley “Family Ties the ‘Write’ Way”—connect with family history in Ireland and Italy; attend All Write Summer Institute in Warsaw, IN Fuqua Elementary School  Brenda R. Marina (see also Riley Elementary School)  “Amazing Pandas”—volunteer at Chengdu and Dujiangyan panda reserves in China; visit National (Washington, D.C.) and San Diego zoos; create virtual field trips for students

Riley Elementary School
Kristen L. Wells (see also Fuqua Elementary School) “Amazing Pandas”—volunteer at Chengdu and Dujiangyan panda reserves in China; visit National (Washington, D.C.) and San Diego zoos; create virtual field trips for students   
Riley and Ben Franklin Elementary Schools  
Jana G. Weeks “Weeks in the Life of Three Masters”—explore Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera in Mexico City; travel to Yosemite National Park to visit Ansel Adams’ gallery; participate in workshops, painting classes and photography lessons  

Western Boone County Community School Corp.  
Western Boone Junior/Senior High School  
Rachael L. Cotteleer “Paws-itively Powerful! Exploring Human-Animal Connections”— investigate in the United States, Canada and Africa the therapeutic impact of animals on people; study applications for special-needs classroom   

Westview School Corp.  
Westview Jr./Sr. High School  
Karen Yoder (2006) “Arabic: Learning the Language, Living the Culture, Loving the Experience”—enroll in Arabic and Spanish language classes in Granada, Spain; enrich knowledge of the Moorish impact on medieval Spain  

Randolph Eastern School Corp.  
Union City Junior-Senior High School  
John A. Zakelj (2004) “Reconnecting With My Family History”—travel to Slovenia to follow parents’ paths as war refugees in the late 1940s; visit sites of refugee camps in Italy and Austria; record oral histories of the journey  

Valparaiso Community Schools  
Flint Lake Elementary School  
Erin K. Blumenthal “Aloha and Namaste: An Anxious Yogi’s Journey to Peace and Mindfulness”—enroll in yoga teacher training in Hawaii and Chicago; use yoga in classroom to reduce anxiety and behavior issues  

South Ripley Community School Corp.  
South Ripley High School  
Max J. Howard “A Hoosier Among the Kiwis”—experience ecosystems and biodiversity in the Ohio River Valley, waters of Lake Erie and New Zealand 
Warsaw Community Schools  
Washington and Claypool Elementary Schools  
Andrea G. Miller “Making Place”—restore and travel in a vintage camper; use camper as a mobile studio for printmaking and metalsmithing (and more); collect fabrics and assemble a quilt to document experience  

Washington Community Schools
|Washington High School
Elizabeth V. Schaffer (2009) “Renewing With Renewable Geothermal Energy”—study geothermal energy in Iceland; explore feasibility of increasing geothermal energy use in Indiana   WESTFIELD Diocese of Lafayette St. Maria Goretti School (nonpublic)  Jane A. Richardt “Bringing Bach and Beethoven to Life”—travel to Leipzig, Salzburg  and Vienna; perform with First Coast Wind Symphony and Indy Winds Flute Choir; attend Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and Vienna Orchestra workshops and concerts  

Westfield Washington Schools  
Westfield High School  
Lindsay H. Frey “Capturing the Cape in Chalk”—attend chalk pastel workshops; create drawings while traveling through Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket Christine J. Ulsas “Animals of Australia”—volunteer at animal conservation and rehabilitation projects in Brisbane and Cairns, Australia  

Clark Pleasant Community School Corp.  Whiteland Community High School  Emily M. Litsey “Books: They’re Not Just for Reading Anymore!”—explore altered book (a book that has been modified or manipulated by an artist) and mixed media techniques in California and Italy   
Zionsville Community Schools  Zionsville Community High School  Diann Vernon (2006) “Voluntourism—Dive Into Your Dreams; Leave Behind Your Legacy”— learn to scuba dive; explore 126-mile coral reef off the Florida Keys and volunteer in local organizations; start a volunteer/community service organization at school  

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