READING, Pa., Nov. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- FirstEnergy (NYSE: FE) has chosen 16 Pennsylvania teachers to receive Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education grants. The grants, up to $500 each, will be used for a variety of hands-on projects, workshops and teacher development programs throughout the school year.
Grant winners and their schools include:
- David Andrews, Butler Junior High School, Butler
- Donald Ayers, Ambridge Junior High School, Freedom
- Trisha Brunazzi, Stewartsville Elementary School, North Huntingdon
- Elizabeth Charleston, York County Day School, York
- Amy Conner, McConnellsburg Elementary School, McConnellsburg
- William Hughes, Park Forest Middle School, State College
- Michael Losk, Knoch High School, Saxonburg
- Heather Manchester, ThinkSTEM Academy, Ulster
- Sue Mellon and Lisa Gray, Colfax Upper Elementary School, Springdale
- Joyce Muchoney, Norwin School District, North Huntingdon
- Mary Beth Smyda, Harrison Park Elementary, Jeannette
- David Spudy, Sunrise Estates Elementary School, Irwin
- Jeanmarie Steininger-Mason, Daniel Boone Middle School, Douglassville
- Bobbie Strausbaugh, Dover Intermediate School, Dover
- Michelle Thomas, Kiski Area Upper Elementary STEM, Apollo
"FirstEnergy is proud to award these grants to our winning teachers to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics instruction for their students," said Dave Karafa, president of Pennsylvania operations for FirstEnergy. "We had an outstanding group of applications from Pennsylvania to choose from."
FirstEnergy offers grants up to $500 to individual teachers and administrators at schools served by its electric utility operating companies and in communities where it has facilities.Grant recipients are recommended by local educators who make up FirstEnergy's Educational Advisory Council. As part of the program, recipients must furnish a written summary and evaluation of their projects that can be shared with other educators in FirstEnergy's service area.