The Fiesta Bowl Charities on Nov. 18 announced their fifth annual Desert Financial Fiesta Bowl Charities Wishes for Teachers grant recipients, with 22 of the selected 200 teachers from Mesa.
The teachers who won represented 161 schools across the state, teaching more than 70,000 students, from 177 schools, 67 school districts and 45 cities, according to a release.
Each of the unique 200 teacher wishes will benefit teachers and schools in technology, reading, music, fitness and more. The need this year was more in line with the circumstances related to COVID-19, with more technology needs, plexiglass dividers and flexible seating equipment than ever before.
Each teacher will receive a $2,500 grant to enhance their classroom and student experience. The teachers chosen in Mesa are:
- Fiorella Acevedo of Smith Junior High School to provide a classroom makeover to create a welcoming environment for their ninth- through 12th-grade students.
- Karen Blackburn of Fremont Junior High School to provide sensory chairs for their seventh- and eighth-grade students.
- Monique Bourgeois of Silver Valley Elementary School to provide reading materials for their second-grade class.
- Brittany Bretz of MacArthur Elementary School to provide technology resources to improve reading and math for first-grade students.
- Lindsay Carson of Porter Elementary School to provide STEM materials for their fourth-grade students.
- Jerry Coy of EVIT to provide Chromebooks for all of their students.
- Lisa Freshley of Edison Elementary School for a classroom makeover to ensure their third-grade students have a welcoming and safe learning environment.
- Katy Gazda of Red Mountain High School to provide science materials for their ninth- through 12th-grade students.
- Gail Ginther of Skyline High School to provide basic supplies for their ninth- through 12th-grade students.
- Rosie Gorton of Desert Ridge Junior High School to provide engaging STEM and problem-solving activities for their sixth- through eighth-grade students.
- Carrie Grantham of O’Connor Elementary School to provide additional reading materials for their first-grade classroom.
- Bruce Haseley of EVIT to upgrade their studio lighting to industry standards for ninth- through 12th-grade students.
- Mandy Heal of Hale Elementary School to provide new furniture for a sixth-grade class.
- Justin Lisonbee of EVIT for a new training mannequin for their EMT class.
- Todd Livingston of Kino Junior High School to provide instruments to the seventh- and eighth-grade students in band who cannot afford to rent or own their own.
- Lorie Lloyd of EVIT to purchase supplies needed for students in state board testing.
- Charles Lynch of Mesa Public Schools to purchase additional harps and transport covers for the MPS Harp Program.
- Maria Ramirz of Rhodes Junior High School to provide a classroom makeover and focus on flexible seating for seventh- and eighth-grade students.
- Angela Tarter of Lincoln to provide flexible seating for first- through third-grade students and to purchase additional technology.
- Cory Trout of Franklin East to provide the band students with new comfortable seating to support them as they play.
- Brian Winstead of EVIT to provide new technology resources for their classroom.
- Ashley Wyatt of Desert Ridge Junior High School to provide hands-on learning supplies for their eighth-grade students.