Texas Instruments awards three GISD teachers $10,000

Starting the summer with some extra spending money, three Garland ISD teachers recently won $10,000 grants. For the second year, the district’s Education Foundation partnered with Texas Instruments (TI) to offer TI Foundation Innovations in STEM Teaching Awards. This honor recognizes educators who promote science, technology, engineering and math.

GISD’s 2015-16 recipients include Bussey Middle School math teacher Christi Brewer, North Garland High School engineering teacher Sean Denny, and South Garland High School automotive technology teacher Timothy Hahnl. Each was selected by a committee after being nominated by their principal and submitting an application.

TI Foundation Director of Major Education Grants Ann Pomykal presented the trio with $5,000 checks for their personal use during GISD’s May 24 board meeting.

“There are great, great teachers and it is amazing to me when I get the privilege of coming out to introduce them,”  she said. “We respect and admire the work that is being done in the district.”

Winners will receive an additional $5,000 in the fall for STEM-related professional development, technology and classroom materials.