Judi Chandlee Tribute to Teacher Award Winners

On Wednesday, August 19, just shy of $6,800 in classroom grants were awarded to 16 public school 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.

“Our community is so fortunate to have such generous people that are invested in our schools. The Chandlee family values education, and their generosity allows teachers to enhance the quality of education we provide to our students in the Dubuque Community Schools,” shared Anne Murphy, 3rd grade teacher at Eisenhower Elementary.

Murphy stated, “With all the uncertainty in the world, I felt called to do my part as an educator.  The funds from the Judi Chandlee Tribute to Teachers grant will be used to expand our Eisenhower book room with diverse children's literature. This will allow teachers to access enriching material that will help support age-appropriate conversations with our students in a safe and nurturing environment.”

“This is fantastic news!” Melinda Janes, Special Programs teacher at Irving Elementary said. “My students are going to love the interactive books I'll be able to make just for them. This year more than ever these resources are definitely needed for my classroom since students cannot share materials.”

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 teacher, who passed away in 2011.

The 2020 Judi Chandlee Tribute to Teachers recipients are:

Courtney Weydert, Prescott Elemetary – Bee-Bots: Coding in Literacy

Frannie Smith, Marshall Elementary – Book Club

Rosie Godel, Audubon Elementary – Books and Material for Sight Word Growth

Anne Murphy, Eisenhower Elementary – Diverse Children’s Literature

Melanie McDonough, Prescott Elementary – Engage and Play through Osmo Genius

Tamra Standorf, Bryant Elementary - Fluent in Forth

Melinda Janes, Irving Elementary – Interactive Books and Work Binder

Laura Oberfoell, Hoover Elementary – Just Right Books

Sara Jones, Audubon Elementary – Morning Bins – A Soft Start for the Day

Teri Caldwell, Kennedy Elementary – Picture Book Collection to Promote Race and Tolerance

Jeannie Bergquist, Audubon Elementary – Document Camera

Kelly Neuman, Carver Elementary – Show Me that Number

Scott Lammer, Irving Elementary – Student Created Professional Matting

Mary Jane Meade, Marshall Elementary – Varied Practice Reading

Jill Duggan, Thomas Jefferson Middle School – Yamaha Digital Piano with Bench

An additional $100 classroom grant was presented to the Dubuque Educator’s Association “Teacher of the Year”, Charles Schmeichel at Kennedy Elementary.

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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