MATTAWAN TEACHERS ONLINE APPLICATION IN NOW OPEN
Do you have a great idea for improving or enriching the quality of your instructional program that isn't in the budget? ... Would have to come out of your pocket to make it happen? ... Could make a difference for your students?
Your very own Mattawan Public Education Foundation (MPEF) is back this year for our annual effort to match foundation funds with your instructional needs. To begin with, we have simplified the application process. And, as always, we will encourage creativity and original thinking, but it is not a necessary ingredient in order to be considered for an award. MPEF seeks to support teaching and learning whenever we are able.
We will be accepting applications for Brain Strong Instruction Awards in the fall of 2018. The process is simple: click HERE to be taken to the school site where a link to the application can be found. Fill out the simplified application, hit the send button, and that's it. No muss, no fuss. MPEF staff will consider the applications and, with the input of building principals and the tech department (if necessary), identify applicants to be awarded. Keep in mind that any requests related to technology must be consistent with existing MCS technology initiatives. Keep in mind, also, that successful applicants establish a compelling need related to teaching and learning.
All applications will be submitted and reviewed online. Funds must be expended and/or reimbursed by April 30, 2019. We will be accepting applications for Brain Strong Instruction Awards, starting now, until Friday, October 5, 2018. The Brain Strong Awards will be announced on Friday, November 2, 2018.
You are a difference maker, and we would like to make a difference for you.
Tell Us A Little About Yourself?
I'm married to Steve Owens and we have 3 girls-Bridget (freshman at MSU, Abigail a junior and Colleen sophomore at Mattawan.
All 3 of my girls have attended Mattawan schools since kindergarten. We have lived in the Texas Heights neighborhood since 2004.
We built our home in Mattawan due to great things that we had heard thru friends who already lived here. I always knew regardless of the district my girls would attend, that I wanted a community where I could be a part of the learning environment and be able to give back to that community. I wanted a community that welcomed and encouraged it’s members to partake in making it a better place for our children. I have served in several roles with the parent associations and numerous school committees and volunteer groups throughout our years here. I also enjoyed many opportunities volunteering in classrooms during the elementary years which led me to subbing in the district which evolved into a position at the Later elementary where I am currently employed. This gives me a chance to not only have watched my own children grow but the many others coming up behind them.
What brought You to MPEF?
Through my various volunteer committees in my years at Mattawan, I was fortunate to meet members of the foundation. I’ve been in the classrooms enough over the years to see the MANY innovative projects and ideas that MPEF has funded that wouldn’t otherwise exist. When my oldest daughter was in her 1st year or 2 at the Early Elemantary, I remember being at the school one day and a group of people were walking around. I saw them stop at a classroom, there was clapping and celebration and the teacher was in tears. I asked the office what was going on and they explained the foundation to me and that it was the day that MPEF grants were being awarded. It was obvious how exciting these were to the teachers. From that time on, it became something that I knew I would be excited to be a part of if given the opportunity.
More about me:
Graduate of WMU; business major
Past employers: AAA Michigan, State Farm Insurance
I spend my spare time watching my girls play basketball, golf and lacrosse and volunteering in various groups in our community and school.