Teacher Grants

Each year, Minnetonka teachers submit grant requests for creative, educational ideas and programs they would like to implement for students. Since its inception in 1999, our Teacher Grant Program has awarded almost $975,000 in grants.

The foundation plans to fund $63,124 in Teacher Grants for the 2017-18 school year, including $10,000 for classroom furnishings through the district’s innovative Design for Learning program.


2017-18 Teacher Grants

MHS- Yoga for All

School: Minnetonka High School
Staff: Alison Terrell
We plan to fund this grant for: $2,185

MHS- Drone On

School: Minnetonka High School
Staff: David Surver
We plan to fund this grant for: $623

MMW- Tedx Conference Event

School: Minnetonka Middle School West
Staff: Lisa Lewis
Additional Staff: Margaret McDonald, Beth Kalpin, Jonathan Nelson, Jennifer Morcomb, Lisa Reed
We plan to fund this grant for: $1,000

MMW- Elements Kit

School: Minnetonka Middle School West
Staff: Lena Pivec with Laura Minnis
We plan to fund this grant for: $866

MME- Deck Crew

School: Minnetonka Middle School East
Staff: Bev Antilley
Additional Staff: Gina Nelson
We plan to fund this grant for: $2,995

MULTI- Reflex Math Fact Fluency

Schools: Clear Springs, Deephaven, Excelsior and Scenic Heights
Staff: Kimberly Ewen
Additional Staff: Julie Queenan and Jenna Staunton
We plan to fund this grant for: $3,500

MULTI- Math-Science Board Games

Schools: Scenic Heights and Excelsior
Staff: Ali Wachutka
Additional Staff: Susan Adams, Tarah Cummings, Mark Storck
We plan to fund this grant for: $1,000

MULTI- Speaking-Listening Stations

Schools: Clear Springs, Groveland, Minnewashta, Scenic Heights and MMW
Staff: Deb Jensen
Additional Staff: Lori Arnold, Beth Farnum, Amy Lengeling, Susan Bonnema, Jeannine Adair
We plan to fund this grant for: $308

MWA- Books Are Alive!

School: Minnewashta
Staff: Sofia Cerritos with Amy Shatava
We plan to fund this grant for: $2,170

MWA- Virtual Fieldtrips

School: Minnewashta
Staff: Heather Baker and Joy Curran
We plan to fund this grant for: $1,750

GR- Read and Ride

School: Groveland
Staff: Rachel Studnicka
We plan to fund this grant for: $2,160

GR- Kindergarten AeroGardens

School: Groveland
Staff: Pam Wertjes
Additional Staff: Sheri Simpson, Paul Johnson, Kari Harman, Katie Nagel, Lila Moreno, Caitlin Engelman, Danielle Brunson
We plan to fund this grant for: $1,260

GR- My Memory Book

School: Groveland
Staff: Tara Sweeney
We plan to fund this grant for: $500

GR- Students and Elders

School: Groveland
Staff: Sara Lovelace and Patricia Cespedes-Schueller
We plan to fund this grant for: $400

EXC- Broaden the Bookshelves

School: Excelsior
Staff: Tim Ketel
Additional Staff: Jennifer Kitt, Laurie Lemke
We plan to fund this grant for: $2,788

EXC- Special Ed Tools

School: Excelsior
Staff: Lisa Myer with Nicole Cretzmeyer
We plan to fund this grant for: $1,548

CS- Calming Kits

School: Clear Springs
Staff: Amy Horning
We plan to fund this grant for: $1,500

CS- Language T-Ability

School: Clear Springs
Staff: Diana Ortiz
Additional Staff: Melanie DeWitt, Rachel Kehagias, Claudia Perreira
We plan to fund this grant for $500

CS- Weather Station

School: Clear Springs
Staff: Dawn Johnson
Additional Staff: Paige Koehnen, Dave Olson, Brian Doudna, Luis Yanez
We plan to fund this grant for $1,698


Teacher Grants enhance all academic subject areas, technology, fine arts, early childhood education, special education and community service at all Minnetonka public school sites. Without the Foundation’s Teacher Grant support, most of these enrichments would not have been possible.

Funding for some of the fine arts grants is generously provided by the Minnetonka Alumni Association’s Fine Arts Endowment Fund.




2017-18 Teacher Grant List

Photos from the Teacher Grant Reception
April 20, 2017


Frequently Asked Questions for Minnetonka Teachers
The foundation funds a variety of teacher grants for Minnetonka classrooms. Grant requests should have a direct curricular tie, be innovative, or creatively add to student experiences. Average grant awards are between $500 and $5,000.

  • Teacher Grant applications are due in mid-February.
  • Teachers are notified of grant funding in early April, after Foundation and School Board approval.
  • Teacher Grants are announced publicly in mid-April.

Please feel free to contact Melissa Streit with any questions or to see if your grant idea fits within foundation's funding priorities.


Did you receive 2016-17 Teacher Grant funding? Here is the form to share the grant outcomes in your classroom.

Teacher Grant Summary Form