Lilly Endowment Inc. recently sent out a press release sharing the winners of the 2016 Teacher Creativity Fellowship awards and one of ISI’s very own, Ms. Lisa Englehardt, was on the list. The Endowment awards 100 grants of $12,000 each to K-12 educators across Indiana each year. They have a list of winners at www.lillyendowment/org.
The Endowment’s Teacher Creativity Fellowship Program gives Indiana teachers, principals, guidance counselors and school media specialists the financial support and encouragement to renew their commitment to the profession of education. At a time when educators face many demands that can deplete their energies, renewal experiences offer teachers freedom to restore creativity and strengthen professional commitment, said Sara B. Cobb, vice president for education at the Endowment.
“Teachers spend so much of their time focused on the lives of the students they serve,” Cobb said. “These grants give educators time to tend to their own growth and personal fulfillment.”
Ms. Lisa Englehardt, Lower School Pre-Elementary/Elementary Librarian here at ISI intends to visit Iceland for her renewal during this coming summer. Lisa is interested in the culture of Iceland as well as knitting and hiking. She plans to explore all three during her trip. She says in her job as Librarian at ISI, she and the students compare vocabularies, spellings and words across languages. When she returns from Iceland for the 2016-2017 school year, her teachings will include Icelandic comparisons, further extending the depth of student knowledge.
Lilly Endowment Inc. is an Indianapolis-based, private philanthropic foundation created in 1937 by three members of the Lilly family — J.K. Lilly Sr. and sons J.K. Jr. and Eli — through gifts of stock in their pharmaceutical business, Eli Lilly and Company. The Endowment supports the causes of community development, education and religion and maintains a special commitment to its hometown, Indianapolis, and home state, Indiana.