Fund For Teachers

Fund for Teachers enriches the professional growth of teachers by recognizing and supporting them as they identify and pursue fellowship opportunities around the globe that will have the greatest impact on their practice, the academic lives of their students and on their school communities.

Fund for Teachers invites educators to choose the subject area and outlet for their professional development and provides $5,000 for individual grants or $10,000 for team grants to make it happen. This year's fellowships include conferences, self-guided expeditions, fieldwork and service learning projects in 85 countries on 6 continents. A complete list of 2014 grant recipients, their schools and fellowships is available at

Fund for Teachers supports educators' efforts to develop skills, knowledge and confidence that impact student achievement. By trusting teachers to design unique fellowships, Fund for Teachers grants validate teachers' professionalism and leadership, as well.

Fund for Teachers has invested $22 million in more than 6,000 teachers since 2001, transforming grants into growth for teachers and their students.

The 2014 Fund for Teachers Fellows from Cleveland and Bradley County designed thoughtful and creative ventures to increase their professional acumen and engage their students. Meet these Fellows, read their project descriptions and  experience their voyages vicariously as you follow their updates and blogs listed below.

Meet the Fellows from past years:

Tonya Mullinax, Science & Social Studies teacher, E.L. Ross Elementary

Tonya Mullinax
Tonya Mullinax, Science & Social Studies teacher, E.L. Ross Elementary

I currently teach 3rd, 4th and 5th graders science and social studies.The science standards to which I teach relate to ecosystems, interaction and interdependence among living things, climate and conservation. In Social Studies, the standards relate to landforms, US history, and comparative cultures, focusing on Native American cultures. Additionally, concepts such as trade, supply and demand and types of resources are the focus of my teaching. I will travel to Alaska to study its wildlife, geology, ecology and native cultures.






Christian Mann, History/Social Studies Teacher, Walker Valley High School

Christian Mann
Christian Mann, History/Social Studies Teacher, Walker Valley High School

2014 is the 100th year anniversary of WWI and is to be marked by events every evening along the war’s front in France and Belgium. My trip will begin in Somme, France, and will move north through the major battlefield markers/museums ending in Ypres, Belgium. I will experience this first truly global and modern war through both museums and battlefield experiences as well as through survivor and familial experiences in memorial services. In Ypres, I will spend two full days in this rebuilt city which was nearly totally destroyed by combat. It is the marker for the Christmas Truce, for use of chemical weapons, and of the still-observable trenches used in combat.
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Victoria Pritchard, Homebound Teacher, Cleveland City Schools

Victoria Pritchard
Victoria Pritchard, Homebound Teacher, Cleveland City Schools

I will be examining, first-hand, the unthinkable past of the WWII Holocaust through the eyes of a survivor, Maude Dahme, by joining the New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education on a trip through Germany, The Czech Republic, Poland and Holland.  The first-hand information on WWII will give my students a greater drive to search deeper in history—a Common Core Standard—and find the answers for the essential question, “When do people need to get involved with how others are treated?”

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Erin Hattabaugh, Science, Anatomy & Physiology,& Medical Engineering Teacher, Cleveland High School

Erin Hattabaugh
Erin Hattanbaugh, Science, Anatomy & Physiology & Medical Engineering Teacher, Cleveland City Schools

My purpose in teaching is to inspire in students a love for the healthcare profession. The culture of healthcare in America is changing as it is moving toward more government involvement in healthcare. I need to prepare my students as future health professionals for what is ahead.  To develop a clearer perspective in order to inspire and equip my students for the future, I will visit the UK, known for its lengthy history of successful social medicine and healthcare educational practices.

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Sarah Garrett, English/Journalism/Language Arts teacher, Walker Valley High School  

Amanda Picchottion and Sarah Garrett
Sarah Garrett, English/Journalism/ Language Arts teacher, Walker Valley High School

The purpose of my trip is to explore the lives, surroundings, and culture of the early New England writers in order to gain a deeper insight into their works. This will enable me to create lessons bringing the literature to life for the students, engaging them on a deeper level and ultimately enhancing their critical thinking, reading and writing skills. Travelling to Boston, I will visit homes, museums, cemeteries, historic sights and locals which relate intimately to eight significant authors—Patrick Henry, Emily Dickinson, Mark Twain, Emerson, Thoreau, Longfellow, Hawthorne, Alcott and Stowe.

Read more on Sarah's Adventure: WRCB Story

Rachel Hicks & Elizabeth Pickens, History/Social Studies teachers, Walker Valley High School

Rachel and Elizabeth
Rachel Hicks and Elizabeth Pickens, History/Social Studies teachers, Walker Valley High School

No political system is forged independent of the culture from which it springs. Greek political philosophy arose from a culture rich in archaic poetry, heroic ethos, and religion. The goal of our trip will be to study how these forces affected the politics of Plato and Aristotle. As we travel to Athens, Tinos, and Mykonos to visit historical and archeological sites, we will collect knowledge and resources to us in furthering our students’ understanding of the evolution of political thought. 

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Lori E. Tipton & Kerri D. Shrestha, Biology/Geography/Economics, Walker Valley High School

Lori Tipton Kerri Shrestha
Lori Tipton and Kerri Shrestha, Biology/Geography/Economics, Walker Valley High School

Through trek and bike exploration of the Andes Mountains and Amazon Rainforest ecosystems, we will create a photo/video/data journal to enhance student understanding of factors that influence the adaptations for survival of living organisms in extreme environments. This exploration will help us to understand the physical and biological processes, as well as the cultural characteristics, that created and continue to change this region of the world. As we research the cultural aspect of the region’s dependence on local ecosystems, we will gain an understanding of how the environment influences economic decisions. Through demonstration of how economics, geography, and biology are connected, our students will come to understand life in an ecosystem through the lens of several core subjects.

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