Grants Awarded

2017 Fall Innovation Grants and National Conferences

Marissa Hackbardt, Steeby Elementary and Amy Hielkema, Dorr Elementary were awarded funds to attend the National Council of Teaching Mathematics Conference.

Kelly May, Baker Elementary, was awarded funds to attend the National Association for the Education of Young Children Conference.

Christina Johnson, Steeby Elementary, was awarded funds to attend the NWEA Fusion Conference.

Celeste Diehm, Baker Elementary, was awarded funds to host and provide books to parents during Parent Education Workshops.

Jeff Braginton, High School and CCA, was awarded funds to purchase Apple TVs for classroom use.

Kerry Oostdyk, CCA, was awarded funds to purchase the TI-Nspire App for her student iPads.

Julia Goodyke, High School and CCA, was awarded funds to support a counseling group at the high school.

Jill Terrell, Steeby Elementary, was awarded funds to purchase Osmo Genius kits

Amy Huyck, High School, was awarded funds to purchase an Mac Mini, Monitor, and Keyboard to establish a creation station in the High School Media Center.

Greg Heisenfeldt, High School, was awarded funds to purchase equipment to enhance daily news video productions.

Sue Boehm, Pine Street, was awarded funds to purchase equipment to enhance daily news video productions.

Sue Salhaney, Middle School, was awarded two grants. One grant will allow Mrs. Salhaney to take her student council students to the Michigan Association of Student Councils Conference. The other grant will allow Mrs. Salhaney to purchase a variety of materials to support CPR instruction in the middle school health class.

Lisa Neely, Baker Elementary, was awarded funds to purchase STEM bins for her classroom.

Barb Greenman, High School, was awarded funds to purchase kits to make paper with her Chemistry in the Community students.

The 3rd Grade Teaching staff at both Steeby and Dorr, were awarded a grant to take students to the Grand Rapids Public Museum to enhance instruction on Michigan History.

The 3rd Grade Teaching staff at Steeby was awarded a grant to purchase LEGO Education WeDo 2.0 kits for their classrooms.

Aleisa Licari, Dorr Elementary, was awarded a grant to purchase Michigan History books and field guides.

Sarah Rollandini, High School, was awarded a grant to bring in a deaf performer for her American Sign Language classes as well as the community as a whole.

Rebecca Black, High School, was awarded funds to take her theatre students to the META festival.

Leigh Ann Hill and Diane Martus, High School, were awarded with funds to purchase a heart rate monitor system for their new fitness classes.

Linda Bensyl, High School, was awarded with funds to purchase a Swivl Classroom recording system.

Rick Brown, Middle School, was awarded with funds to purchase audio and video equipment for his classroom.




2016 Fall Innovation Grants and National Conferences


The National Science Teachers Association Conference in Los Angeles, CA, to be attended by Lori Howell and Danielle LaJoye

The National School Social Worker Conference in San Diego, CA, to be attended by Robin Sidebotham

Nikkia Robinson and Laura Schreiber, Wayland Union Middle School, awarded funds to purchase theatre lighting for middle school plays

Andrea Brown, Wayland Union High School
, awarded funds to purchase a Mac Mini, speaker, and microphone.

Tessa Potgeter, 
Wayland Union High School,
 awarded funds to purchase a Macbook in order to author iBooks for her classes.

Dana Omness, 
Wayland Union Middle School
awarded funds to purchase 3 MacBook Pros to create iBooks for science courses. 

Lori Howell, Steeby Elementary, awarded funds to allow students to experience place-based learning. Students will test water quality at two area farms and a retention pond. 

Sue Salhaney, 
Wayland Union Middle School
awarded funds to take Student Council students to the annual Michigan Association of Student Councils Leadership Conference.  

Aleisa Licari, Dorr Elementary, was awarded funds to purchase non-fiction reading materials for her classroom. 

Rebecca Patterson, 
Wayland Union Middle School
was awarded funds to purchase 3D pens to use with her art students.

Sue Boehm and Kelly Boston, Pine Street Elementary, were awarded funds to purchase BreakoutEDU kits. 

Katrina Brown, Baker Elementary, was awarded funds to purchase eBooks that can be added to Baker's digital book collection. 



2016 Spring National Conference Grants

The Midwest Clinic
in Chicago, IL, to be attended by Karen Nofsinger/ Kelli Smith

Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America in Itasca, IL, to be attended by Rene Watkins

American School Counselor Association Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA, to be attended by Lisa Gulch/Tricia Dole

Annual Conference for Middle Level Education in Austin, TX, to be attended by Amy Graham

International Society of Technology in Education in Denver, CO, to be attended by Cheryl Wilson/Karri Bailey

ASCD Conference Teaching Excellence, 2016 in New Orleans, LA, to be attended by Amy Hielkema

Midwest Kodaly Music Educators of America Divisional Conference: Kodaly-owa, Fields of Opportunity! in Des Moines, IA, to be attended by Diana Hall

2015 Innovation Grants

Aleisa Licari, Dorr Elementary, was awarded the Storia School Digital Library, to be used in conjunction with the classroom sets of iPads now in the elementary buildings. This is a customizable e-book library that maintains a record of reading progress.

Betty Onopa,
Dorr Elementary, received a grant to incorporate yoga into her elementary PE classes. All students K-4 will be impacted by this grant. Yoga is beneficial to everyone, but has been found to be particularly so for kids with special needs.

Scott Hall,
Pine Street Elementary PE teacher, was award- ed monies to create a CatZone at Pine Street. The CatZone will be an exercise room for Pine Street students to use. Finding new and innovating ways for kids to exercise is a very important objective.

Cheryl Wilson,
K-12 Technology Consultant, was awarded On-Demand Video Professional Development for staff. She will create an on-demand video collection of current Professional Development sessions offered throughout the school year. Staff will be able to access this info on their own time schedule, as needed. PD sessions will be recorded and the on-demand videos created will be useful tools for years to come. 


Fall 2015 National Conference Grants

Katrina Brown, Baker Elementary, to attend Units of Study Reading Conference, K-2, in Chicago, IL

Nikkia Robinson and Rebecca Thebo, Middle School Drama Co-teachers, to attend The South Eastern Theatre Conference in Greensboro, NC. 


Fall 2015 Principal Innovation Grants

Carolyn Whyte, Middle School Principal was awarded a grant for the Middle School to improve study, employability and career readiness skills through research based strategies and personal experiences. One possibility is a Career Day, where outside agencies and parents are invited in to give students exposure to new professions. 

Celeste Diehm, Baker Elementary Principal was awarded a grant that encompasses all buildings and is geared toward increasing parental involvement by bringing them into the schools. Twelve workshops for parents are tentatively scheduled between October-May, to provide supplemental materials to use in the home, and communicate school improvement initiatives to parents. 


"We would like to begin by thanking the Wayland Union Education Foundation for awarding us a grant to attend the Southeastern Theatre Conference in Greensboro, NC.  During our time at the conference, we attended sessions about acting strategies, using technology, directing techniques, puppetry and backstage management.  While we learned several new strategies for directing and acting, we also learned how to utilize drama in the general education classroom.  We are very excited to share these new ideas with our colleagues, as well as implement them in our own classrooms.  From puppetry to characterization exercises, we have many new ideas to share with our staff and students. We thank the WUEF for allowing us this opportunity."    - Becca Thebo and Nikkia Robinson



"Thank you to the Wayland Union Education Foundation for awarding me a grant to purchase a Swivl. I am using my iPad with the Swivl to capture myself providing a Professional Development Session. The Swivl follows my marker and records video of where ever I am. I have one session recorded and plan to do more. The recordings will be shared online for staff to review Flex Professional Development sessions at their convenience. I recently presented on On Demand Flex PD at the MACUL Conference." -Cheryl Wilson