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Ohio Educators Receive $2000 NEA Foundation Grants

Ridgeville and Lexington Educators Awarded $2,000 Grants

The NEA Foundation funds 10-day field study in Valle de los Cirios Biological Reserve in Baja, Mexico and participation in National Council of Teachers of English Convention

Jody Yoxthimer, a tenth through twelfth grade science educator at North Ridgeville High School in Ridgeville, Ohio, and Sara Thorburn, a language arts educator at Lexington High School in Lexington, Ohio, each received a $2,000 Learning & Leadership Grant from the NEA Foundation.

Yoxthimer received the grant to embark on a ten day field assignment in the Valle de los Cirios Biological Reserve in Baja, Mexico through Earth Expeditions.Yoxthimer will learn about unique desert and marine flora and fauna, medicinal plants, endangered species, and specialized adaptations that help organisms survive in isolated environments. Additionally, she will study the rich culture of the people of Bahia de Los Angeles.

Thorburn received the grant to attend the National Council of Teachers of English Convention to engage with educators and experts in the field. Thorburn will listen to speakers and participate in interactive sessions and workshops, in which she will discuss the craft of teaching reading and writing to teenagers.  Upon returning, she will share her newly acquired tools and knowledge with colleagues.

The NEA Foundation has invested more than $8.6 million in grants to support the work of almost 4,000 educators from every state in the country to help students succeed. Each year, the Foundation awards approximately 150 Student Achievement and Learning & Leadership Grants. The latest grants were awarded to 51 educators across 28 states for a total of $177,000 to support educators’ efforts to improve teaching and learning. Learn more about grant opportunities on neafoundation.org.

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