MAY 12, 1997
GTE awards $12,000 to Skyview
A team of math and science teachers at Skyview Junior High were awarded $12,000 from GTE last week. Teachers Lynn Morelli (math, 8th grade) and Christy Hjort (science, 8th grade) received grants which are part of the GTE Corporation's Growth Initiatives for Teachers (GIFT) program.
Ms. Morelli and Mrs. Hjort are part of a group of 60 teacher-teams from 28 states receiving grants totaling $720,000. The GIFT grant provides $5,000 for professional development for the winning teachers, as well as $7,000 for a school enrichment project. Grants are awarded for the 1997-98 school year. The team's project is to study and research the ecosystem of the school's onsite pond using technological equipment: probes, graphic calculators, and computers in the research.
"Ms. Morelli and Mrs. Hjort's talent and leadership in this dynamic project will provide unlimited possibilities for our entire student body, our special needs population, and our parent community to integrate math and science," said Mrs. Call, principal at Skyview.
The team will be attending some regional and national science and math teachers conferences, consulting local pond/wetland experts, and attending seminars and courses.
GTE established the GIFT program in 1983 to recognize excellence in the teaching of secondary school mathematics and science. Since its inception, the program has awarded approximately $9 million to 1,500 teachers.