Alexandria, VA– Ms. La Donna Leazer, a middle school social studies teacher – and Association of American Educators member of one year – from the Business and Economics Academy of Milwaukee (BEAM) and Mr. Timothy Mankiewicz, a high school science teacher from Riverside University High School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin have been awarded funding by the Association of American Educators Foundation (AAEF).
La Donna won a teacher scholarship to fund her conference presentation workshop on teaching economics and Timothy won a classroom grant to fund new glassware for his classes by the Association of American Educators Foundation (AAEF)
“Attendance at this conference will benefit my students because it will help me expose them to new and current learning methods,” explained Leazer. “They will continue to improve in math, reading, and all core subjects through the integration of financial literacy education using unique and innovative learning experiences.”
“In a recent lab we performed, we were testing conductivity, a property of ionic bonds, using magnesium and hydrochloric acid,” explained Mankiewicz. “The beakers that we’ve been using until now only allowed us to work in groups of four. Now that we’ll have more glassware to work with, the students will be able to work in smaller groups and be more actively engaged in the lesson. We’ll also be able to use the new beakers and glassware to have students make taffy for our physical and chemical changes unit since they’ve never touched chemicals, making the taffy safe to ingest afterwards. The students are going to love to see that making something within the lab is fun and also something that they could take home.”
AAEF is committed to offering individual educators teacher scholarships and classroom grants to optimize student learning. “AAEF applauds the dedication that La Donna has demonstrated by trying to help build a strong foundation of core subject matter for her students through groundbreaking learning methods and the dedication that Timothy has demonstrated by trying to bring real-world examples of science and chemical properties into the classroom for students to both learn and enjoy,” said AAEF Chairman Gary Beckner. “Without question, teachers like La Donna and Timothy make AAE scholarships and grants a worthy investment in empowering educators to meet their professional potential!”
The AAE Foundation’s National Scholarships and Grants competition is held twice a year in the fall and spring and is open to all educators. The deadline for the annual fall competition is October 1 and spring is March 1 each year.
The Association of American Educators Foundation is the non-profit charitable arm of the Association of American Educators (AAE), a non-union professional organization for teachers across the country. With members in all 50 states, AAE is the nation’s premier, non-union professional educators association, offering a modern approach to teacher representation and educational advocacy. Membership is 16.50 per month and includes $2 million in professional liability insurance, employment rights coverage, professional development resources, as well as a host of other benefits.
For more information about AAEF or the Association of American Educators, visit www.aaeteachers.org.