Teacher Impact Grants

Teacher Impact Grants

Announcements of the winning grant recipients for The Phoenix Foundation of the 23-24 Teacher Impact Grants are in progress.

We are thrilled to announce Round 2 of Teacher Impact Grants funding available for classroom projects. For more information, please navigate to the Lockheed Martin STEM Classroom Grant Program page and the Disney Environmental Science page. Funding preferences will be given to new grant applicants/submissions.

Backed by some of the community's major corporate education supporters, the Foundation for OCPS (FOCPS) has secured over $3 million for classroom-specific grants and awarded these funds to over 5,500 OCPS teachers since the inception of the Teacher Impact Grants.

FOCPS provides grants to classroom teachers who are implementing innovative teaching practices that have the potential to improve student achievement. When teachers are given the resources they need, they can create truly transformative learning experiences for their students.

The Teacher Impact Grants are designed to provide teachers with the resources they need to implement innovative projects that will engage students and improve learning outcomes. The grants are available for a variety of projects, including:

    •    Arts Education (Visual & Performing) 

    •    Innovative Math, Science, and Engineering education projects

    •    STEM Focus and supplies

    •    Environmental Science

Grants are available from $500 to $5,000 depending on which grant a teacher applies for.

FOCPS is committed to investing in the future of our community by supporting our teachers and students. We believe that every child deserves access to quality education, and we are working to make that a reality through these Teacher Impact Grants.




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Congratulations to the 2023-24 Teacher Impact Grant Winners!

This is the first round of award winners. Check back for updates. 

23-24 Arts Education Grant Recipients Sponsored by License for Learning

 Amber Ballard - Aloma ES

Ashley Blair - Hamlin MS

Amanda Blaisdell Lebow - Andover ES

Anne Cochran-Grey - Mollie Ray ES

Daniel Cortolillo - Bridgewater MS

Gabriel de Zayas - Ocoee MS

Kenneth Evans - Legacy MS

Stacey Fisher - Kelly Park School

Brad Gillet - Forsyth Woods ES

Monique Green - College Park MS

Christie Guerrero - Lake Buena Vista HS

Ellen Kramer - Wedgefield K-8 School

Taylor Koffinas - Lockhart MS

Kerri Krieg - Azalea Park ES

Alexis Mendez-Napoleoni - University HS

Christopher Perez - Freedom HS

Estelle Perez - Lake Sybelia ES

Andrea Phillips - Wolf Lake MS

Allison Rosser - Blankner K-8 School

Jessica Savon - Andover ES

Tracey Scurrah - Clay Springs ES

Gabrielle Weir - Riverside ES


23-24 Gardening/Horticulture Grant Recipients Sponsored by Walt Disney World Resorts

Sharon Benig - Lockhart MS

Beatriz Berriz - Sally Ride ES

Kimberly Boren Dumas - Castle Creek ES

Joseph Brown - Avalon ES

Devin Callery - Water Spring MS

Tiffany Gower - Timber Lake ES

Madison Ickes - Roberto Clemente MS

Jocelyn Junio - Lockhart MS

Stephanie Kasper - Lockhart MS

Cayla Naranjo - Chain of Lakes ES

Anna Molinari - Lockhart MS

Erica Murphy - Palmetto ES

Stefanie Nagy - Audubon Park K-8 School

Nisha Phillip-Malahoo - Pinewood ES

Tiffani Rivers - Lockhart MS

Dana Shutters - Stone Lakes ES

Joanna Theus-Yocum - Lockhart MS


Grants submitted for the Duke Energy Math, Science, & Energy, and STEM as well as the Lockheed Martin STEM are under review and the winning recipients will be announced in October.

We are so grateful to our generous donors for making the funds available, our amazing teachers for applying, and the volunteer grant review team for selecting winners. Your support is making a difference in the lives of our students. 

Here is a snapshot of the grants that were awarded:

  • Arts Education: $15,000 awarded to 32 teachers, impacting over 6,626 students.
  • Duke Energy Math, Science & Energy Education: $51,089 grants awarded to 20 teachers, impacting over 5,398 students.
  • Duke Energy STEM Partnership: $48,289 awarded to 12 teaching teams, impacting over 2,990 students.
  • Lockheed Martin STEM Classroom Grant: $36,481 awarded to 11 schools, impacting 2,990 students.

We are excited to see how these grants will be used to improve student achievement and inspire creativity in our classrooms. Thank you again to our sponsors and for your support!

Together, we are making a difference. 


Thank You Impact Grant Funders

Arts Education, Non-Fiction Classroom Libraries and Middle School Book Club Grants Arts Education, Non-Fiction Classroom Libraries and Middle School Book Club Grants