TUSD Educators Win Rotary Club Good Idea Awards

The Tustin-Santa Ana Rotary Club has announced the winners of its 2022 Good Idea Awards. 13 educators in the Tustin Unified School District will be honored through the Rotary Club’s annual awards program. Their projects were chosen among many proposals submitted by teachers and staff in the school district. 

The club will award more than $4,300 in grants to individuals for the development of quality educational programs in the classroom or school. Either a new concept or a supplement to an ongoing project was eligible for consideration. The winners will use be able to use the money to purchase materials, supplies or equipment. Individual awards varied in amount according to the requirements of the proposed projects.

The purpose of the Good Idea program is to encourage classroom teachers’ ideas and methodology, to enhance the instructional program offered to students in the District, and to recognize the exemplary efforts of TUSD teachers.

The winners and their projects are as follows:

  • Courtney Smith, principal of Heritage Elementary School, for “Hop to Positive Behavior”
  • Dr. Brandee Ramirez, Intervention Lead Teacher at Legacy Magnet, for “Two Peas in an Expert Pod”
  • Christian Manalo, Legacy Magnet Academy, for “Keep Calm and Ping Pong On”
  • Jennifer Taberski, Legacy Magnet Academy, for “Therapeutic Arts for Specialized Academic Instruction”
  • Meghan Krogstad, sixth-grade teacher at Legacy Magnet Academy, for “You Are What You READ - Diverse Books for Diverse Learners”
  • Sara Blair, seventh-grade teacher at Legacy Magnet Academy, for “Reaching New Heights with LMA Performing Arts”
  • Maximiliano Maldonado, visual and performing arts teacher at Tustin High School, for “Photography - Pinhole Camera”
  • Jessica Holmes, fourth-grade teacher at Hicks Canyon, for “The Possibilities Are ENDLESS With Green Screen Technology!”
  • Kelly Morgan, fifth-grade teacher at Peters Canyon Elementary, for “Strengthening Social Emotional and Visual-Spatial Skills Through Engaging Gameplay”
  • Elizabeth Holcomb, first-grade teacher at Heritage Elementary School, for “Children's Literature "Grows" our Garden Curriculum”
  • Heather Luis-Martinez, TK-5 At Risk Counselor at Heritage Elementary School, for “In Your Calm is Your Strength”
  • Susie Alexander, Librarian at Guin Foss Elementary, for “Updating the Mission's Section”
  • Andrea Willoughby-Jones, English Teacher at Tustin High School and Stephanie Carey, for “Tiller Buddy Book Sharing”

Congratulations to all of the winners and thank you for your GOOD IDEAS!