Shawnee Mission Education Foundation Excellence in Education Grant Recipients

Shawnee Mission Education Foundation Excellence in Education Grant Recipients
Shawnee Mission School District

The innovation of Shawnee Mission educators was front and center.

The Shawnee Mission Education Foundation honored Excellence in Education (E2) grant recipients with a reception held at the Center for Academic Achievement on Monday, March 21, 2022.

The recipients also joined Kim Hinkle, executive director of the Shawnee Mission Education Foundation, at the Board of Education meeting to be recognized by the Board and Superintendent Dr. Michelle Hubbard. Hinkle commended the teachers for their innovative vision during a challenging time.

“We always applaud our grant award winners, but this year we do so even more,” Hinkle expressed. “It says something really special that all of these educators worked so hard on these grants and that they will receive them from the Foundation.” 

Each year the Foundation presents E2 grants to educators to foster innovative and challenging teaching and learning opportunities. 

April Cremer, fifth grade teacher at Tomahawk Elementary and E2 grant recipient expressed how thankful she was to receive a grant from the Foundation.

Cremer’s “3, 2, 1…Action” project provides greenscreens, teleprompters, tripods, and lighting for elementary students to use with their iPad. With these resources, students will have new ways to demonstrate their knowledge and engage in meaningful hands-on learning, like creating recordings of original stories or developing scripted videos with multiple settings.

“I am looking forward to seeing what great things our students will create with their iPads now that they will have access to the studio equipment and greenscreens”, shares Cremer.  “We are very excited.”

E2 grant recipients are:


Grant Title



Amara Baker,

5th Grade

Graphic Novel Acquisition for Literacy Support

Lenexa Hills

Mike Brewer

Rachel Bravence,

FACS Teacher

Fixer Upper:  School Edition

SM South

Todd Dain

Kelley Capper,

Associate Principal

Women in Leadership

SM West


Steve Loe

April Cremer,

5th Grade

3, 2, 1…Action!


Erin Aldrich

Amy Culley,

ELL Instructional Coach

Tools for Providing Visual Modeling and Text Accessibility to                    Elementary Students with Limited Language Proficiency

Elementary ELL

Kim Barney, Asst Director

Karen Dierks,


Graphic Novels – More than Pictures


Jeremy McDonnell

Caren Howes, Social Worker

Re-frame Your Brain Stations


Michael Orr

Abby Kepka, Librarian

Graphic Novel Acquisition for Literacy Support


Kiley Tenbrink

Karen Knabe,

3rd Grade

Weather: Factors and Hazards


Kevin Frick

Jessica Leichter, 2nd Grade

Orthographic Mapping Tool Kits


Kevin Frick

Carrie O’Farrell, 1st Grade

Play to Learn with Osmo

East Antioch

Felicia Netolicky

Kelsey Phillips, Art Teacher

Introduction to Digital Photography

Indian Woods

John Bartel

Amy Quinley,

Project Search Teacher

Physical Wellbeing for Young Adults with Disabilities

SPED Project Search

Sherry Dumolien

Jennie Skibbe, Instructional Coach

Coding Mania

Broken Arrow

Ryan Horne

Rebecca Anthony

Anne Towers

Sherri Crawford

Jenny Robinson


Project Lit:  Forging Community Connections and Building a Culture of Literacy in SMSD

All Middle and High School Librarians


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