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Foundation Grants Help Fund Innovative Teachers

January 7, 2019

The Lindbergh Schools Foundation continued its annual support of original, inventive teaching ideas on Jan. 4, awarding several Lindbergh educators with 2018 Spirit of Lindbergh teacher grants. The foundation funded 32 grant applications this year.

The Spirit of Lindbergh Fund was created to support grants for Lindbergh Schools teachers who propose innovative and engaging classroom projects to elevate instruction and learning to the next level. Since 2008, the foundation has awarded 203 grants to Lindbergh teachers totaling more than $84,000.

The grants are funded by the iDrive program, Thank-a-Teacher program, online mini-auctions and direct donations from supporters. Teachers who win grants are surprised in their classrooms with a visit from the foundation’s very own prize parade.

Every dollar donated to the Spirit of Lindbergh Fund is invested in safe, high-yield accounts, and only the interest earned on these accounts is used to fund the teacher grants. For more information, please visit

2018 Spirit of Lindbergh Teacher Grant recipients:

Lindbergh High School

  • Allison Tripolitis and Danielle DuHadway - Decolonization Book Study
  • Shawna Ward and Anna Whitehead - The World in 360
  • Maggie Zehner - White Boards for the Four C’s

Sperreng Middle School

  • Katlyn Heuvelman - Ozobot Coordinate Plane Challenge
  • Stephanie McKinney - Learning at an Angle
  • Patricia Miller - Welcome to the Sperreng Flyers’ Book Nook Cafe
  • Ashley Osborne - Game On! Teaching Cells with Cytosis: A Cell Biology Board Game
  • Jessica Parker - Infant CPR/First Aid for Teens
  • Eric Robb - Para-Cord-Pets
  • Julie Roy, Shelli Manley and Kristen Macke - Design Thinking Process Prototype Kits

Truman Middle School

  • Jessica Austermann - Breakout Boxes
  • Kristi Ponder - Communi-tree
  • Allycia Uhrhan - Sustainability in Action: Decreasing School Waste with Worm Bed Composting

Concord Elementary School

  • Anne Gastreich - Revolutionizing our Learning
  • Jean Madrid - Leaping Towards a Love of Learning
  • Mindy Siefert - Fly Into the Future Like Marty McFly!
  • MariKate Schrick - Micro:Bit, Major Impact

Crestwood Elementary School

  • Michael Guehring - Racking up Number Sense
  • Patti Haberberger - Decodable Books for Struggling Readers
  • Cindy Kapodistrias - Just Picture It: Authors in the Spotlight!
  • Danielle Klos - Calming Corner
  • Meredith Labadie - Engaging Families and Building Community through Multicultural Book Bags
  • Danielle Thrall, Ann Kleitsch and Joy Long - Serenity in the Sensory Room

Dressel Elementary School

  • Katie Cunniff and Laura Howard - Teaching the Hardest-To-Reach Readers
  • Samantha Gatzemeyer - Everyone Wins with Stem Bins!

Kennerly Elementary School

  • Rhonna Allen - Just in Case…
  • Caroline Howe - Increasing Comprehension and Building Empathy Through Book Clubs

Long Elementary School

  • Jessica Slade - Transforming Physical Space for 21st Century Learners

Sappington Elementary School

  • Katrina Castelli and Amy Ahmed - A Fantastic Journey
  • Meghan Haines and Molly Evans - Reaching all Readers


  • Nicole Gordon - Catch Me If You Cam: Taking Students from Citizens to Scientists
  • Michael Kuhn - The Design/Engineering Process: 3D Printing and Iterations

Foundation Grants Help Fund Innovative Teachers

Foundation Grants Help Fund Innovative Teachers

Foundation Grants Help Fund Innovative Teachers