The Shenandoah County Educational Association recently awarded two 2018-2019 New Teacher Mini-Grants, according to a statement from the association.

One grant of $250 was issued to Kimberlee Whetzel, a new fifth-grade teacher at W.W. Robinson Elementary School.

Whetzel, who wants her students to enjoy reading as much as she does, said she would use the money to purchase a couple “comfy chairs” and pillows for her reading classroom.

“Research has proven that having a choice and control over their environment, they feel empowered. Flexible seating allows students to choose where they work and with whom. It also allows them to change their location and positions as needed,” Whetzel said.

The second mini-grant was awarded to Tricia Supon, a new first-grade teacher at Ashby Lee.

She plans to use the money to buy an iPad for her classroom.

“Technology is unavoidable in our world today, and I am excited to help teach my students to use it appropriately with an extra iPad in our room,” Supon said.