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August 30, 2017– San Felipe Del Rio Consolidated Independent School District is pleased to announce that the SFDRCISD Education Foundation has awarded the 2017-2018 Innovative Teaching Grant Awards to thirteen recipients. These awards totaled over $25,000.

During the 2017-18 Back-To-School Convocation, the SFDRCISD Education Foundation announced the names of the 13 recipients who would receive an Innovative Teaching Grant Award this year. San Felipe Del Rio CISD congratulates the following teachers and campuses:


2017-18 Education Foundation Award Recipients





Grant Award

Project Title

Marta E. Galindo Memorial Project

Irene Cardwell Administration

Irene Cardwell


“Outdoor Classroom”

Innovative Teaching Grant

Nicole Sauceda, Sheila Núñez, Melinda Escañuela

Irene Cardwell


“Planet Heroes”

Innovative Teaching Grant

Melissa Ortiz Rivas, Domenica Bowman

North Heights


“Only One You Beautification Project”

Innovative Teaching Grant

Jessica Voss, Laura Limon

Buena Vista


“Tower Garden Growing System”

Innovative Teaching Grant

Jo Ann Buenrostro

Buena Vista


“Between the Lines” Book Club

Innovative Teaching Grant - Sponsored by Texas Community Bank

Belinda Hernandez, Patricia Villarreal, Billie Joe Cruz



“Wildlife Habitat”

Innovative Teaching Grant

Jonna Dewitt

Dr. Lonnie Green


“Becoming Farmers”

Innovative Teaching Grant - Sponsored by Linebarger, Goggan,Blair & Sampson LLP

Jaqueline Gurley

Dr. Lonnie Green


“Makerspace in the Library"

Innovative Teaching Grant

Erika Hernandez, Ninel Vivanco-Neylon, Leticia Reyna

Dr. Fermin Calderon


“Young Entrepreneurs"

Innovative Teaching Grant

Claudia Juarez-Dobbins

Dr. Fermin Calderon


“Cardio Drumming”

Innovative Teaching Grant

Monica Martinez, Erin de Luna, Sara Cienega, Karla Martinez

San Felipe Memorial Middle School


“This Place Matters”

Innovative Teaching Grant - Sponsored by The Bank & Trust

Adan Cortez III, Raul Hurtado, Linda Corbell

Del Rio Freshman & Del Rio High School


“Cooking with Culture: A Cooking Series”

Innovative Teaching Grant - Sponsored by Border Federal Credit Union

Lauren Valdez

Early College High School


“Peer Assistant Leadership (a.k.a. PAL) Program”







The SFDRCISD Education Foundation President, Belinda Reyes, explains that in 2012, the Board of Trustees created the “Education Foundation”, a non-profit organization, for the sole purpose of fundraising for activities and/or uses not otherwise provided by public monies. She adds that the purpose of the Education Foundation’s vision is twofold:

  • To provide scholarships to students in our community who exhibit leadership, drive, and the true desire to be successful as they continue in their education; and,
  • To provide access to grants for teachers within the San Felipe Del Rio CISD that want to expand their scope of instruction in and out of the classroom, through innovative and creative “outside the box" methods of teaching.

 Over the past four years, the SFDRCISD Education Foundation has been able to accomplish this vision through fundraising efforts such as “Dinner on the Creek” and charitable contributions from individuals and business organizations. In the four years of offering Innovative Teaching Grants, the SFDRCISD Education Foundation has proudly awarded a total of $60,921 in grant monies allowing 60 local educators to bring their visions to life.