Foundation for Dubuque Public Schools Awards Judi Chandlee Tribute to Teachers Classroom Grants

DUBUQUE, IOWA--  On Tuesday, May 9th, National Teacher Appreciation Day, approximately $3,000 in classroom grants were awarded to public school teachers throughout the Dubuque Community School District (DCSD) through the Judi Chandlee Tribute to Teachers program.  The gifts will provide much needed funding for supplies, equipment, and innovative educational experiences throughout the district.

DCSD Teachers were invited to submit classroom grant applications to the Foundation for Dubuque Public Schools between February 15th and April 1st.  Requests were reviewed by a panel of board members, current and former educators, and community volunteers.  The grants are primarily funded by the family of Judi Chandlee, a beloved Eisenhower Elementary teacher, who passed away in 2011.  Donations to this program have also been received from private individuals, school district staff, and local businesses such as Premier Bank.   

FDPS Tribute to Teachers grants were awarded on May 9th with surprise classroom visits to the teachers below:

Jefferson Middle School: TJMS School Garden - Elizabeth Burke

Prescott Elementary School:  iPad for Seesaw - Michaela Hennings

Hempstead High School: SUCCESS Against Anxiety - Andrea Runde

Roosevelt Middle School: Eleanor Roosevelt Middle School Victory Garden Compost Bins - Jamie Easley

Lincoln Elementary School: Osmo Wonder Kits K-2 - Sandy Hanley

Alta Vista Campus:  A Twist on Literature - Jessica Steve

Kennedy Elementary School: K-1 Books: STEM for Literacy - Brooke Ludovissy

Hoover Elementary School: Let's Keep Those Boys Reading! - Laura Oberfoell

​An additional $100 classroom grant was also presented to Chris Burke, the Dubuque Educator’s Association “Teacher of the Year”, at their annual dinner on May 11th. 


The Foundation for Dubuque Public Schools (FDPS) promotes the importance of public education by increasing community investment for the enhancement of student achievement in the Dubuque Public Schools. FDPS board members and staff fulfill this mission by securing financial gifts and grants for school programs and projects that are not currently supported by public tax dollars. Learn more at

The Judi Chandlee Tribute to Teachers Endowment was created to provide classroom grants to teachers in the Dubuque Community School District. The fund is named in honor of Judi Chandlee, a longtime kindergarten teacher at Eisenhower Elementary School in Dubuque. Donations to this fund are eligible for the Endow Iowa 25% State Tax Credit.  

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Founded in 2002, the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque strengthens communities and inspires giving. We are dedicated to improving the quality of life throughout Northeast Iowa by serving donors, making grants to local nonprofit organizations, and providing community leadership through convening and collaboration. Guided by the values of integrity, equity and inclusion, collaboration, excellence and innovation, we seek to ensure a vibrant and inclusive Greater Dubuque region with resources and opportunity for all.