Teacher Wins Technology Grant from CenturyLink

Teacher Wins Technology Grant from CenturyLink
Posted on 05/12/2014

Hickory High School teacher wins grant from the CenturyLink Foundation for innovative technology projects


HICKORY, N.C.CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) today announced the Hickory winner of the CenturyLink Clarke M. Williams Foundation’s Teachers and Technology grant program. Tennessee and Bristol, Va winners were announced at earlier events.  The program, which has been offered since 2008, awards grants to schools in CenturyLink’s local service areas on behalf of teachers who have developed specific plans to innovatively implement technology in their classroom.

“We are very pleased to be a part of providing innovative technology in the classroom that enhances the learning experience for students in these schools,” said Lottie Ryans, CenturyLink vice president and general manager for western North Carolina and Tennessee. “It is exciting to see teachers implement creative teaching techniques that assist students in hands-on learning.”

More than 48 teachers in western North Carolina, Tennessee, and Bristol, Virginia, applied for grants, with six winners selected by a review committee comprised of community members from western North Carolina and Tennessee and a CenturyLink representative. The winning teachers’ schools each received a grant to be used by the teachers to purchase technology to benefit students in the classroom:

  • Hickory High School was awarded $5,000 to support the “Implementation of Computer-Based Instructional Support Into Math I Courses” program.  Teacher Melissa Sharpe submitted the project.  The program utilizes Chromebooks to integrate the web-based program “Assessment and Learning in Knowledge Spaces” (ALEKS) into the high school Math 1 curriculum to allow for flexible instruction and to elevate student achievement and learning experience.
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