2021 Judi Chandlee Tribute to Teachers Grants Awarded

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

There is no better way to support a teacher than to help fund items for their classrooms — and that is exactly what the Chandlee Family is doing through the Judi Chandlee Tribute to Teachers Endowed Fund.

On Friday, August 13, just shy of $9,200 in classroom grants were awarded to 21 teachers throughout the Dubuque Community School District (DCSD) thanks to the Judi Chandlee Tribute to Teachers Endowment. These grants will impact thousands of students in the public schools. 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.  Requests were reviewed by a panel of board members, current and former educators, and community volunteers.  The grants are funded by the family and friends of Judi Chandlee, a beloved Eisenhower Elementary Kindergarten teacher, who passed away in 2011.

The 2021 Judi Chandlee Tribute to Teachers recipients and schools are:

Amber Blum, Audubon Elementary School – Items to support the Audubon Sensory Room

Mandy Rawal, Audubon Elementary School – Literacy Books for the Audubon Book Club

Stacy Morley, Bryant Elementary School – Motor Tune Up for all Students

Kathy Kruse, Carver Elementary School– Empowering Morning Meetings: Teaching Self-Worth and Brain Health

Janann Dostal, Eisenhower Elementary School – Library Books to Support Social and Emotional Learning

Taresa David, Eisenhower Elementary School – Multi-Sensory Approach to Literacy in Kindergarten

Roger Tyler, Fulton Elementary School – Piano Keyboards for the Music Room

Laura Oberfoell, Hoover Elementary School – Reading with STEAM

Dan Ruba, Irving Elementary School – Stay Balanced

Sara May – Kennedy Elementary School – Varied Practice Reading in 4th and 5th Grade

Theressa Northouse, Marshall Elementary – Meeting the Computer Science Standards

Tammie Harbin, Sageville Elementary School – Spikeball for All

Jennifer Huinker – Sageville Elementary School – Varied Practice Reading in 4th and 5th Grade

Julie Lange, All 13 Elementary Schools – Supplies for Coding for 4th and 5th Graders

Megan Hoffman, Eleanor Roosevelt Middle School – Social Emotional Learning in a Therapeutic Classroom

Heather Runde, Thomas Jefferson Middle School – Informational Picture Books for the Classroom

Amanda Marks, Thomas Jefferson Middle School – NEW Classroom Library Books

Tera Otting, Alta Vista Campus and Cornerstone Academy Program – Developing a Trauma Sensitive Classroom and Behavior Intervention Space

Jessica Steve, Alternative Learning Center – Culturally Diverse Literature

Max Bliese, Hempstead High School – Home Living Skill Supplies

An additional $100 classroom grant was presented to the Dubuque Educator’s Association “Teacher of the Year”, Chelsey Cox a counselor at Hempstead High School.

The Foundation for Dubuque Public Schools (FDPS) supports student achievement by promoting investment 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 www.dbqfoundation.org/FDPS.

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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