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Creating Extraordinary Opportunities”

In keeping with the mission of the BMMF, Inc., Excellence in Education grants are awarded in honor of the extraordinary life and character of Brandon McPherson. These grants are awarded to educators who seek to implement innovative, unique learning experiences in their classrooms and exhibit the leadership qualities of Brandon McPherson.  Since 2007 we have awarded 157 Grants totaling $68,351.


2014 Grant Winners

District/School Grant Title Grant Recipient  Amount 
Park Hill/English Landing Elementary Help Us Create:Turning our Library into a Student Makerspace Angela Van Batavia  $   496.17
Park Hill/English Landing Elementary Life-Size Noteworthy Rug! Caitlin Carney  $   500.00
Park Hill/Tiffany Ridge Elementary Lego Robotics Ryan Turner  $   464.74
Liberty/Alexander Doniphan Elementary Sensational Seuss Share Joan Arth  $   500.00
Liberty/Warren Hills Elementary Raz-Kids Reading Racheal Szarwinski  $   500.00
Liberty/Ridgeview Elementary Roadrunner MakerSpace Nancy Wilcox  $   500.00
Liberty/Warren Hills Elementary The Wilson Reading System Megan Saffell  $   495.00
Smithville/Primary Elementary Reading through technology Aaron Bowlin  $   500.00
Smithville/Upper Elementary Math Manipulatives Mania Tina Mecklenburg  $   500.00

2013 Grant Winners

District/SchoolGrant TitleGrant RecipientAmount
North Kansas City/Fox Hill ElementaryReal Books for ReadersLatisha McGinnis, Laura Albaugh, Karen Mershon, Fran Foreman$494.00
Park Hill/Renner ElementaryBuilding a Classroom Library with Informational TextsDebbie Hannah$250.00
Park Hill/Hawthorne ElementaryAn Apple EverydayKim Toyne$429.98
Kearney/Kearney Middle SchoolCan You Hear Me Now?Ulrike R. Hayes$500.00
Park Hill/English Landing ElementaryEncore! New MusicalsCaitlin Carney$430.35
NKC/Briarcliff & Ravenwood ElementariesFill Those Swimming ClassesBob Dever & Janet Williams$500.00
Liberty/Discovery Middle SchoolPicture This! Student Made Digital CamerasEric Langhorst$462.00
Liberty/Discovery Middle SchoolGo Pro in Student BroadcastingRenee Baker$478.86
Park Hill/Chinn Elementary Moving To It, Learning It!Sarah Cohalla$500.00
Park Hill/Renner ElementaryIntegrating Non-Fiction Books Into the 3rd Grade ClassroomBetsy Praiswater$500.00
Platte County R-3/Siegrist ElementaryRecess "Learning Picnic" iPadDisa Rice$320.00
Park Hill/Chinn Elementary Express Yourself!Janine M. Baker$361.54
Park Hill/Prairie Point ElementaryLEAP Into LearningCarrie Codding$500.00
North Kansas City/Fox Hill ElementaryWrite On!Jade Elliott & Lyndsy Anderson$360.00
Liberty/Ridgeview ElementarySummer Reading Mail PalsNancy Wilcox, Carolyn Phelps, Kitty Long$500.00
Park Hill/Tiffany Ridge ElementaryMove, Experiment and Play with Musicplay Everyday!Maureen Fiudo$359.00

2012 Grant Winners

District/SchoolGrant TitleGrant RecipientAmount 
Park Hill/Tiffany Ridge ElementaryExtraordinary Starts When YOU open a BookKari Rowe & Dr. Alicia Kersaw$500.00
St. James Catholic SchoolsWe're RAZzed up for ReadingMichelle Herrig & Andrea Peregrine$350.80
St. Pius X High SchoolMath Technology EnhancementPeter Bonello$375.00
Liberty/South Valley Middle SchoolHooked on Books with a NookRobin Lewis$496.82
St. Pius X High SchoolDigital Video in the Foreign Language ClassroomRon Scrogham$300.00
St. Patrick SchoolAdvance-Paced Math ProgramDana Nolan$489.29
Liberty/Alexander Doniphan Technology Today!Andrea Busch$500.00
Park Hill/English LandingExcellence Through AccessDebra Carter$500.00
Park Hill/Russell Jones Ed CenteriPad Cases and Keyboards for Classroom UseMary Jo Pettit$498.72
Liberty/Ridgeview ElementarySummer Reading Mail PalsNancy Wilcox, Carolyn Phelps & Kitty Long$500.00
Liberty/South Valley Junior HighMakey Makey Kits- Industrial Revolution Hands OnEric Langhorst$499.88
Liberty/Liberty Oaks ElementaryBuilding My Classroom Library With Nonfiction BooksAshley Allen$220.00
Park Hill/Chinn ElementarySpecial Education Leaping over iPadsSarah Cohalla$500.00
Park Hill/Chinn ElementaryNo Bully ZoneTracey Walter & Annie Pritchett$400.00
Park Hill/Renner ElementaryiCan Learn with an iPadShanna Hays$500.00
Park Hill/English LandingGAMEPLAN is a Game ChangerCatlin M. Carney$493.55
Platte County R3/PaxtonTechnology in the ClassroomSarah Buescher$500.00
North Kansas City/BriarcliffChanging non-swimmers to swimmersBob Dever$500.00
Liberty/Liberty High SchoolThe Pressure is On!Kathleen Moburg$421.38

2011 Grant Winners

District/SchoolGrant TitleGrant Recipient(s)Amount
Park Hill/Lakeview Middle SchoolFlippin' for MoviesLeah Panther $     449.94
Park Hill/English Landing ElementaryMaking Reading Extraordinary with eReadersAngela Van Batavia $     498.00
Park Hill/Elementary BuildingsContent Classroom Libraries--Established:NOWBecky Kroenke $     500.00
Park Hill/Southeast ElementaryD.R.U.M. (Discipline, Respect, and Unity through MusicLori Lopez $     500.00
Park Hill/Chinn ElementaryeReadersRyan Turner $     500.00
Park Hill/Plaza Middle SchoolCalculator CheckLinda Wiederholt $     499.94
Park Hill/Prairie Point ElementaryTraversing Into a Sport of Their OwnLinda Kane/Pamela Carver $     500.00
Park Hill/Renner & Graden ElementaryHooked on NooksSarah Cohalla $     500.00
Park Hill/Chinn ElementaryCreating a LIVE Mathematics classroomAmy Barr $     487.20
Park Hill/Renner ElementaryReader's Workshop Classroom LibraryGeoff Reno $     495.00
Park Hill/Lakeview Middle SchoolKeep 'em CookingMarilyn Ruggles $     500.00
North Kansas City/Briarcliff ElementaryWater Safety 101: Learn to SwimRobert Dever $     475.00
Kearney/Kearney Middle School"10..9..8..Action"Ulrike R Hayes $     500.00
Smithville/Smithville High SchoolIncreasing Virtual Experiences in the Science ClassroomJulie Winterboer/Lori Mertz $     500.00
Liberty/South Valley Junior HighGuys eReader ClubEric Langhorst $     500.00
Liberty/Ridgeview ElementarySummer Reading Mail PalsNancy Wilcox/Carolyn Phelps/Kitty Long $     500.00
Liberty/Lewis & Clark ElementaryIt's a Guy ThingAngela Rosheim $     500.00
Liberty/Kellybrook ElementaryCougar MailJoan Peluso/Chris Anderson $     500.00
Northland Catholic/St. Pius HSiMac Lab for YearbookMelanie Martin/Julie Pickert $     500.00

2010 Grant Winners

District/SchoolGrant TitleGrant RecipientAmount 
Kearney/Kearney ElementaryEngaging Readers with Technology and Audio BooksAmy Jo Barner$500.00
Kearney/Kearney Middle SchoolVideo Production in the Middle School "Taking the Show on Location"Ulrike R. Hayes$500.00
Kearney/Southview ElementaryMP3 Magic!Ida Cessna$312.41
Kearney/Southview ElementaryAdding Dimension to the ClassroomAmy Cordle$500.00
Liberty/Kellybrook ElementaryWe Both ReadNancy Deshler and Nancy Niemann$500.00
Liberty/Kellybrook ElementaryCougar MailJoan Peluso and Chris Anderson$500.00
Liberty/Liberty HSVertebrate Dissection LabRebecca Groebe and Michelle Fairhurst$394.95
Liberty/Liberty North and Liberty HSMidwestern Roots: The Real Kansas CityKimberly R. Brownlee$464.52
Liberty/Liberty North and Liberty HSYou Light Up My Life: Exploring the Electromagnetic SpectrumMary Coogan and Rosemary Camp$482.85
Liberty/Liberty North HSCan You See What I See? Using Microslides to Enhance the Bioscience CurriculumMisty Black$493.00
Liberty/Ridgeview ElementarySummer Reading Mail PalsNancy Wilcox, Carolyn Phelps, Kitty Long$500.00
NKC/Gracemore ElementaryNo Swimmer Left BehindBob Dever, Sarah Farsace, Chad Stewart$500.00
NKC/Meadowbrook ElementaryCome Play the Drum!Christine Gibson$496.05
NKC/North Kansas City HSNKC_BookSpace: Virtually Connecting ReadersAbbigail Yellman and Kristie Carney$500.00
Park Hill/Congress MiddleCongress Archery UnitZach Dorrell, Amanda Garton, Jeremy Benninghoff$500.00
Park Hill/English Landing New MusicalsCaitlin Carney$500.00
Park Hill/Park Hill South HSStudent Assistance with Band Uniform and TravelCraig Miller$500.00
Park Hill/PH Day SchoolScience ExplorationsGretchen Crilley$450.00
Park Hill/Renner and GradenDigital Storytelling ToolboxSarah Cohalla$460.00
Park Hill/Renner ElementaryStill Growing Great MindsShannon Braun$500.00
Platte County/Barry SchoolTechnology in the ClassroomLaVonna Woods$462.59
Platte County/Siegrist ElementaryLearning Through MovementDisa Rice$477.00
St. James ElementaryRain Garden Outdoor ClassroomAndrea Peregrine$500.00
St. James SchoolSMARTBOARDJulie Miller$500.00
St. Pius X High SchoolMultimedia Interactive Modules for Learning and AssessmentApril Hailey, Christi Ivers, Ron Scrogham$300.00

2009 Grants

District/School Grant Title Teacher Grant
Liberty/KellybrookSpeech MirrorsJaime Rombalski$110.00
Liberty/KellybrookCougar MailJoan Peluso, Chris Anderson$250.00
Liberty/KellybrookBreakfast BunchLiz Barton, Kristin Havens$250.00
Liberty/KellybrookPuppet PedagogyStephanie Myers$238.90
NKC/GracemorNo Swimmer Left BehindBob Dever, Sarah Farsace$250.00
NKC/Gracemor Investigating the PossibilitiesRobert Ellis$250.00
Park Hill/ChinnBalancing Act!Vickie Larkins$250.00
Park Hill/ChinnPowerful PanthersTracey Walter$185.00
Park Hill/Congress MiddleRead-a-Latte!Angela Van Batavia$250.00
Park Hill/Congress MiddleReading Like a Writer/Writer's LibraryJessica Reeves$250.00
Park Hill/GradenMountain MathAmy Laytham$250.00
Park Hill/RennerReading PenMarcy Schumacher$250.00
Park Hill/RennerMath Shark MadnessLindsay Koerner, Mary Pat Johnson$250.00
Park Hill/RennerSpanish for Teachers with Rosetta StoneSheryl Goodwin, Cheryl Moorman$230.00
Park Hill/RennerComics and Computers the Island WaySarah Cohalla$220.00
Park Hill/RennerFun with ComposersTracy Cox$232.80
Park Hill/Union ChapelRTI Reading ResourcesJennie Edwards, Amanda Steitz, Sara Dorrian, Corey Steenhoek, Abby Merryfield$250.00
Platte County/PathfinderRTI Tier 2 SupportAmy Wazac$250.00

2008 Grant Winners

2008 Excellence in Education Winners

Platte County/Siegrist $      380.00 Disa RicePoetic Inspiration Boxes
Platte County/Paxton $      250.00 Jennifer DayPaxton Post Office: "Beyond the Box"
Park Hill/Renner $      500.00 Shannon Braun/Sarah CohallaGrowing Greater Minds
Liberty/Ridgeview $      250.00 Stephanie GreenGood Night, Sleep Tight
Park Hill/Park Hill High School $      500.00 Janet Hubbard-OgdenShake a Baby? NEVER!!
Platte County/Pathfinder $      500.00 Amy WazacAchievement Backpack Club
Park Hill/English Landing $      429.00 Tera WilliamsSecond Grade Symphony Study
Liberty/Alexander Doniphan $      497.15 Rena HawkinsDeveloping Fluent Readers
North Kansas City/Gracemor $      500.00 Robert EllisExploratory Exploration
Park Hill/Chinn $      429.84 Melissa BeattyChinn Drum Club - Pounding Panthers
Park Hill/Park Hill Day School $      500.00 Tanya Langhus, Chris Banks, Mickii ClarkCritters in the Classroom
Park Hill/Renner $      500.00 Debbie HannahLearning Stations
Liberty/Warren Hills $      500.00 Stephanie ClippardMath Mania
Park Hill/Renner $      400.00 Sarah CohallaBook Nook
Smithville/Smithville Middle School $      334.93 Renee Wilson/Dana OwensWriting with Children's Literature
Liberty/South Valley Middle School $      484.55 Martin KelseyPodcasting the Cosmos
Park Hill/Park Hill Day School $      500.00 Tara KalisLiteracy Connection
Liberty/Alexander Doniphan $      500.00 Matt WachelReading with parents - reading for success
Park Hill $      478.00 Amy BarrKids "Flip" for Video learning
Liberty/Franklin $      425.00 Laurie Fairchild & Reading TeachersSupporting Emergent Readers
Park Hill/Chinn $      220.00 Tracey WalterPanthers on the Prowl
North Kansas City/Gracemor $      500.00 Bob DeverNo Swimmer Left Behind
Liberty/Alexander Doniphan $      500.00 Joan Arth & Third grade teamAuthor in residence
Park Hill/Renner $      250.00 Marcy SchumacherReading and Learning in Spanish

2007 Grant Winners
2007 Excellence in Education Grant Winners

The Excellence in Education grants have been awarded in the honor of the extraordinary life and character of Brandon McPherson.

These grants are awarded to educators who seek to implement innovative, unique learning experiences in their classrooms and exhibit the leadership qualities of Brandon McPherson.

2007 Grant Winners

Park Hill (Renner) $     500.00 Sarah Cohalla/Shannon BraunGrowing Great Minds
Park Hill (Hawthorn) $     273.95 Kimberly ToyneListen & Learn
Platte County (Siegrist) $     250.00 Disa RiceAerators, Pollinators and Exterminators
Park Hill (Plaza) $     175.00 Christy MuehlBrain Pop!
Park Hill (Southeast) $     500.00 Lori LopezReading Achievement with the Orff Musical Approach
Park Hill (Renner) $     500.00 Debbie HannahScience Video Media Enrichment
Park Hill (Hawthorn) $     500.00 Darcy MonroeOperation Spell Check
Liberty (Doniphan) $     500.00 Matt WachelLet's just read
Park Hill (Renner) $     225.00 Marcy SchumacherLeaping into Reading
Liberty (K5 enrichment) $     500.00 Stephanie ClippardLiterature Sets
Liberty (Doniphan) $     256.58 Jamie MurrySystematic Fluency Training for Young Children
Park Hill (Southeast) $     355.50 Patricia CrawfordKeeping Current with Scholastic News
Park Hill (Graden) $     500.00 Jennie EdwardsLiteracy Station Fun
Park Hill (Chinn) $     494.39 Amy BarrWireless Listening Center
North Kansas City (Maple Park) $     499.00 Rochel Daniels/Mike LynchUnderstanding Our Vast World
North Kansas City (Gracemor) $     500.00  Robert Dever No Swimmer Left Behind
Park Hill (Congress) $     500.00 Tim KalisDesign a House Project
Park Hill (Congress) $     500.00 Angela Van BataviaClassroom Library
Park Hill (Hawley Hall) $     497.30 Tara Kalis/Tanya LanghusBooks to Benefit our Youth
Smithville $     200.00  Renee Wilson Math and Science in Childrens Literature
Liberty (Ridgeview) $     250.00  Stephanie Green Good Night, Sleep Tight

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