Shenandoah County Public Schools announced the recipients of the 2018 Moore Educational Trust grants.

This year 14 grants totaling $134,000 were awarded

The Moore grants are an invaluable funding stream that supports school programs that otherwise would not be offered, said Shenandoah County Public Schools Superintendent Mark Johnston.

“It gives teachers the opportunity to have projects that we unfortunately would not be able to fund. This supports innovation and exploration in the classroom,” Johnston said.

The grants were started by Strasburg resident Helen Moore, who, when she died in 2002, left her estate, valued at more than $3 million, to benefit Shenandoah County Public Schools students. Each year, interest from the trust is awarded for special projects.

There are two categories of grants. The Moore Educational Trust Instructional Grant funds classroom projects, learning labs and enrichment programs, and the Moore Educational Trust Professional Development Grant funds teacher travel, teacher study, enrichment workshops and seminars.


Fostering Curiosity and Computer Science in Elementary School: Kat Staton, computer teacher. Project at Ashby Lee Elementary School. Fully funded for $1,210.

Activate the Room: Natalie Rhodes and Alyssa Moore, instructional technology resource coaches. Project at Ashby Lee Elementary School, North Fork Middle School, Stonewall Jackson High School. Partially funded for $20,100.

Infento Inferno: Patricia Leslie, GATE teacher. Project at North Fork Middle School. Fully funded for $2,190.

The Rover – The 22nd Century Learning Project: Natalie Rhodes and Alyssa Moore. Project at Stonewall Jackson High School, Ashby Lee Elementary School, North Fork Middle School and Triplett Tech. Fully funded for $16,050.

Loving Literature with Little Libraries: Becky Reynolds, reading specialist and Melissa Dodge, reading specialist. Fully funded for $7,700.

Safe Driving Simulator: Christina Spraque, physical education and driver’s education teacher. Project at Central High School. Fully funded for $27,000.

20 Time: Barbara Derflinger, science teacher. Project at Central High School. Fully funded for $4,700.

Sandy Hook Learning Loops – Venues for Exercising Minds and Bodies: Rayanna Davis, instructional coach. At Sandy Hook. Partially funded for $15,500.

Makey Makey: Chanda Greco, instructional technology resource coach. Project at Signal Knob Middle School/Northern Campus. Fully funded at $6,700.

Animal Systems Learning Laboratory: Brian Fisher, agricultural education teacher. Project at Strasburg High School. Fully funded at $10,000.



GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) professional conference –  2018 Wallace Symposium: Pat Leslie, GATE teacher. Fully funded for $5,500.

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Certification Program: Tripp Ennis, librarian at Central High School. Fully funded for $2,400.

2018 Deeper Learning Conference: Jennifer Burner, physical education teacher at Central High School. Fully funded for $14,000.

Innovative Music Teaching Workshop: Wendy Whitford. Fully funded for $750.