Park Independent School District
14705 Woodforest Blvd. w Houston, Texas 77015 w (832) 386-1231
Craig Eichhorn w Director of Communications

January 31, 2007


“Prize Posse” Awards Teacher Grants

            District administrators joined community members and local business representatives in handing out 20 innovative teaching grants from the Galena Park ISD Education Foundation worth $58,800 during GPISD’s Prize Posse festivities on Thursday, Jan. 11.
            This is the 11th time the Prize Posse has awarded grants over the past nine years and the total dollar value of these grants is $407,314. The Foundation, formed in 1998, has raised $1,015,771 since its inception.

Scarcella – GPHS: David Scarcella (far left), robotics teacher at Galena Park High, and fellow instructor Paul Johnson, who teaches tech systems (third from left), received a grant for $5,000 for a proposal called “Reaching New Heights/Serving Others”. The duo is joined by Dr. Mark Henry, superintendent of schools (back left), Marsha Masi, principal (in between the two teachers) along with students and representatives from the Education Foundation.

Biology Alive – NSHS: Sima Mathew, biology teacher at North Shore High School (standing on right) is shown with some of her students along with campus administrators and members of the Galena Park ISD Prize Posse.  Mathew and nine other teachers teamed up to write a grant titled “Biology Alive: Ninth Grade Science Success with Technology” that received funding for $4,600.

Merrell – James Merrell, industrial technology teacher at Cunningham Middle School (center), is shown with Principal Thad Gittens (back left) and some of his seventh and eighth-grade students as he receives a $1,000 grant for his “After-School Media Club” project.