Foundation Awards Teacher Innovation Grants


The Foundation along with District 225 recently selected the recipients of the 2015 Teacher Innovation Grants.  Innovation Grants are annually awarded to projects that clearly advance student learning and achievement in our schools in a creative manner incorporating the tenets of best practices in secondary education.

This year the Foundation selected Off-Campus teachers Pa’al Joshi and Tricia Lazarro (pictured below) as the recipients of the Innovation Grants.  Pa’al Joshi is a Special Education teacher who is the head teacher for Glenbrook United, an organization that serves students with intellectual disabilities and competes in Special Olympics.  Joshi’s grant will provide his students with the necessary athletic equipment to participate in the Special Olympics this year.

Tricia Lazarro was awarded an Innovation Grant to expand her STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) based project for students in the Off-Campus and Evening School programs.  Lazarro was awarded funds to purchase a Glowforge 3D Laser cutter which will allow her students to create products which include engraving and etching glass and metal.

Congratulations to Pa’al and Tricia!  The Foundation is thrilled to help you advance your students’ learning through these worthwhile projects.


Doug Strong awarding Pa’al Joshi and Tricia Lazarro their Teacher Innovation Grants