MCSEF Announces Norm Johnson Educator Grant Awards

The Madison Central School Educational Foundation announced that it has awarded 14 Madison Central School District educators a total of $5900 through the Norm Johnson Educator Grants.  The foundation’s Norm Johnson Innovative Grant can be used for  technology and classroom tools, books, subscriptions, or experiences that innovate or enhance an educator’s room.   The  grants this fall/winter are used to better prepare the teachers, students, and staff in our school district. 

Grant Recipients include:

3rd grade teacher Lindsey Dietterle added a Social-Emotional Book set, a classroom Boogie Board set, and art picture frames to her classroom;

And 1st grade teacher Michelle Hojer purchased a subscription, Measured Mom, which will allow her to have a plethora of extra materials when planner for diverse learners; 

4th grade teachers, Casey Materese, Kendall Appelwick, Jill Jung, and Katie Zimmerman, purchased Breakout EDU sets. These sets allow students to use their critical and logical thinking skills to complete tasks and “breakout”. Tammy Palli, 3rd grade teacher, received Reading Enrichment and Support, which adds additional literacy support for her diverse learners; Middle School teacher, Jennifer Flemming, is adding Gimkit and Quizlet digital tools. These web-based tools can be incorporated into lesson plans to increase student engagement and review content presented in the reading classroom; finally, Audra Lynam and Casualene Meyer received 3 translator devices to implement in the HS for middle level English Language Learners.


The Foundation also awarded three Performing and Fine Arts grant. Anne Elisa Brown & Cassondra Ford received funds to purchase more barcode stickers to organize props room. Elementary music teacher, Sydney Waldner was granted 36 classroom ukeleles, as well as storage bags and hangers; H.S band instructor Brett Kroeger added a competition sound system to his classroom.