2016 Professional Development Grant Recipients

The Cedar Rapids Community Schools Foundation has announced the 2016 recipients of the Ernie Pence Memorial Grant, the Joy Bayshore Memorial Grants, and CRCS Foundation professional development grants. Jenifer Carstensen, ELL teacher at Hoover Elementary, received the Ernie Pence Memorial Grant. She will be taking courses at Georgia Perimeter College. Sue Pence, daughter of the late Ernie Pence, presented the award. Elizabeth Wessels, Counselor at Kennedy High School, and Ami Proctor, Title 1 teacher at Cleveland Elementary each received a Joy Bayshore Memorial Grant. Emily Thomson, niece of the late Joy Bayshore, presented the award. Karen Swanson, Foundation executive director, presented four CRCS Foundation professional development grants. Laura Zimmerman and Amanda Armstrong, ELL teachers at Roosevelt Middle School will attend Keystone’s Premiere Education Conference. Ann DiGiacomo, ELL teacher at Hoover Elementary School, will visit the Pacific Heritage Academy in Salt Lake City, Utah. Sarah Lowe, a special education teacher at Kennedy High School will participate in the Michelle Garcia “Social Thinking” workshop. A total of $1,735 was granted to these seven District educators to further their professional develo