The Edgar and Eleanor Shannon Foundation for Excellence in Public Education: Charlottesville/Albemarle has announced its grant award recipients for the 2015-2016 school year.  

Twenty-one excellent and innovative proposals from Charlottesville and Albemarle public school teachers have been selected for funding this year totaling $20,089.

We would be honored to have you join us for an awards ceremony to recognize publicly these winning teachers’ outstanding achievements.  The ceremony has been scheduled for Friday, August 14th at 10 a.m. in the auditorium of the Charlottesville-Albemarle Technical Education Center on Rio Road.   

We look forward to your attendance as we support these teachers, kick off the school year with good news about what lies ahead for our students, and celebrate the pursuit of excellence in our local public school systems.  Please R.S.V.P. to Stephanie Leech, Administrator, by August 13th via e-mail at

To learn more about the Shannon Foundation and our annual grant awards to teachers, please contact Stephanie Leech at or visit our website at


$20,089 total funding for 21 grants

Charlottesville City Public Schools:

Kena Brandt, Greenbrier Elementary, $350, “Hop into Reading, Skip into Math”

Carmella Johnson, Greenbrier Elementary, $750, “Science in Motion”

Carmella Johnson, Greenbrier Elementary, $750, “You Light Up My Life”

Mary Elizabeth J. Via, Greenbrier Elementary, $287, “The Ties That Bind Us”

Karl Helmstetter, Lugo-McGinniss Academy, $750, “Student Garden”

Stephanie Tatel, Venable Elementary, $646, “Audio Books for Struggling Readers”

Melissa Combs, Venable Elementary and Burnley Moran Elementary, $310, “Wet Felting”

Kathleen Gragg, Venable Elementary, $5,000, “Number Ninjas”

Samantha Pagni, Walker Upper Elementary School, $2,277, “Take Your Best Shot”

Albemarle County Public Schools:

Lee Owen, Baker-Butler Elementary, $169, “Let’s Get Crackin’”

Lisa Baker, Baker-Butler Elementary, $532, “Grow Fresh, Grow Local”

Lisa Baker, Baker-Butler Elementary, $391, “Walk Like an Egyptian”

Lisa Harman, Baker-Butler Elementary, $486, ”What’s the Matter”

Tony Zentgraf, Burley Middle School, $500, “Garden Project”

Rob Dent, Jouett Middle School, $620, “Bring in the Birds”

Beth Kavounas, Red Hill Elementary, $625, “Full STEAM Ahead”

Angie Foreman, Stone-Robinson Elementary, $563, “Student Designed Maker Space”

Caroline Bertrand, Western Albemarle High School, $636, “Hummingbird Kits”

Leslie Wills-Taylor, Woodbrook Elementary, $740, “Weather Station Creation”

Lee Owen, Baker-Butler Elementary, $858, “What’s Cookin’?”

Lisa Boyce, Henley Middle School, $2,849, “Field Guide to the Schoolyard”