MONCKS CORNER, S.C. (WCBD) – Seven teachers in the Lowcountry received a special award of $9,000 in total from Berkeley Electric Cooperative through its “Bright Ideas” program.
Bright Ideas is a program that supports effective and creative classroom education curricula that traditional school funding cannot pay for.
Teachers can apply for grants up to $1,000 individually, or up to $1,500 as a team. Grants are rewarded to help teachers in Berkeley County Electric Cooperative’s service area to produce a better-educated workforce by introducing innovative teaching methods.
This year’s winners are:
- Amy Guerry, Berkeley Middle School – Berkeley Brew Coffee Cafe
- Cassandra Cowdrey, Berkeley Intermediate School – Rocking the Keys Piano Lab
- Hugh Wilson, Devon Forest Elementary School – Maker Spaces Engineering Design
- Kathering Tobin, Philip Simmons Middle School – Practicing Global Citizenship
- Lisa Williams, Reeves Elementary School – Seeing the Ocean Floor w/ VR
- Marcus McLean, Goose Creek Elementary School – Superhero STEAM Stories
- Shannon Hopkins, Cane Bay High School – Ceramics Visual Arts Program
Public and private K-12 school teachers in Berkeley Electric Cooperative’s service are eligible to participate. Over the last six years, Berkeley Electric has awarded nearly $70,000 in grants to area teachers.