Education Foundation Awards $8,800 in Grants to Support Innovation in Education

The Chapel Hill Independent School District Education Foundation is proud to announce the recipients of this year's Teaching Innovative Grants, totaling $8,800 in funding. These grants will empower 13 dedicated teachers and staff members across the district to bring their innovative ideas to life and enhance the educational experience for our students.

The Teaching Innovative Grants program, administered by the CHISD Education Foundation, aims to recognize and support educators who demonstrate a commitment to implementing creative and forward-thinking approaches in the classroom. Through a rigorous selection process, the foundation identified seven exceptional projects that exhibited the potential to make a significant impact on student learning and engagement.

"We are thrilled to provide these grants to our outstanding teachers and staff members who consistently go above and beyond to inspire and educate our students," said Belen Casillas, Executive Director of the CHISD Education Foundation and Communications Director for the District. "These grants serve as a testament to their dedication and innovative spirit, and we are excited to see the transformative effects of their projects on our students' educational journey."

The awarded grants cover a diverse range of subjects and initiatives, reflecting the dedication and expertise of our educators. From science and technology to arts and literacy, each project offers a unique approach to foster student development and academic growth.

Schools impacted by the Innovative Teaching Grants:

Teachers and Staff:

  • Katie Smith
  • Robin Conner
  • Rebecca Mahoney
  • Emily Greer
  • Group: Angela Martin, Emily Franklin, Alicen Taylor, Emily Taylor
  • Group: Joanna Esparza, Carmen Delgado, Claudia Fuentes, Yasbeth Poole
  • Natalie Wright

The CHISD Education Foundation recognizes the importance of fostering innovation and excellence in education. Through initiatives like the Teaching Innovative Grants program, the foundation continues to support our educators in their pursuit of providing the best possible learning experiences for our students.

For more information about the CHISD Education Foundation and its programs, please visit

About the CHISD Education Foundation:

The CHISD Education Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and enhancing educational opportunities within Chapel Hill ISD. 

The foundation, which was established in May of 2021, is made up of seven officers and eight board members. The mission for the non-profit organization is to provide grants to teachers. Teachers are asked to create and present an innovative project aligning with the district’s curriculum and Texas Education Agency’s Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). 

The foundation depends solely on volunteers and donations. This Spring the foundation received its exemption from federal income tax under Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 501(c)(3).