Downers Grove District 58 teachers win $500 awards


DOWNERS GROVE – The Downers Grove Junior Woman’s Club awarded four $500 grants to Downers Grove Grade School District 58 teachers for innovative programs and continuing education opportunities, according to a District 58 news release.

“In the past DGJWC has sponsored various programs honoring our district’s teachers. This year we opted to change the initiative to one that awards innovative thinking more directly by sponsoring grant/scholarship opportunities,” Junior Woman’s Club teacher grants chairwoman Karrie Donat said in the release. “We want to thank all the teachers who took the time to research programs that would benefit their students and apply. We were thrilled with the number and diversity of the applications.”

The winning 2018 applicants are:

• Calm classroom training: Tracy Capraro (Highland Elementary School), Caitlin Choinski (Highland), Jennifer Gorman (Kingsley Elementary School) and Carli Hochstetter (Kingsley). This grant funds a research-based program that provides classroom/schoolwide mindfulness curriculum. The goal is to increase engagement, empower students and enhance emotional well-being.

• Leveled literacy intervention training: Christina Gamboa (Kingsley). This grant provides a leveled-literacy intervention training entitled, “Teaching Readers Who Struggle” and “Teaching Within LLI Lessons in the Primary Grades, K, 1 and 2.”

• Biology kits: Jessica Atkins (Herrick Middle School). This grant provides photosynthesis and cellular respiration kits for eighth-grade science students at Herrick.

• Illinois Reading Council Conference: Bernice Homel (O’Neill Middle School) and Genevieve Hahn (Herrick). This grant will give these teachers the opportunity to attend the Illinois Reading Council Conference in Peoria. They hope to attain knowledge and strategies at the conference to benefit students at O’Neill and Herrick middle schools.