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Each receives $1,000 for classroom projects

Each receives $1,000 for classroom projects

(From left): Plainfield South High School Assistant Principal Phillip Pakowski, PSHS Principal Bob Yanello, grant winner and PSHS science teacher Jennifer Woods, President/Owner Window World of Joliet Brian Hopkins, and Sandra McKinney, chairperson of the PSHS Math and Science Department.
(From left): Plainfield South High School Assistant Principal Phillip Pakowski, PSHS Principal Bob Yanello, grant winner and PSHS science teacher Jennifer Woods, President/Owner Window World of Joliet Brian Hopkins, and Sandra McKinney, chairperson of the PSHS Math and Science Department.

Window World of Joliet, a replacement window, siding and door company, recently announced the recipients of eight grants in support of science, technology, engineering and math education.

The grants were awarded to teachers in Will and Grundy counties. Each will receive $1,000 to promote the advancement of STEM curriculum in the upcoming school year. More than 30 teachers applied for the grants.

Among the winners was Plainfield South High School science teacher Jennifer Woods, who will use the grant for STEM work in her freshman classroom.

Woods’ students will get to analyze energy consumption in their own homes to decrease each home’s energy use while teaching the student a real world application of the STEM fields.

A news release on Window World’s website says the program falls in line with the company’s mission to support the local community and energy efficient products, and the initiative is rooted in the passion for furthering technology in energy efficiency.

In addition to Woods, seven other area teachers received grants from Window World.

They are Melissa Stapleton – STEM coordinator at Joliet West High School, Joliet; Rachel Buck  – building technology specialist at Three Rivers Jr. High School, Channahon; Maria Wilson – Science Department chair/physical science & physics teacher at Lincoln-Way East High School, Frankfort; Sean McKeown – special education instructor at Joliet Central High School, Joliet; Barbara Will Henn – STEM teacher at Troy Middle School, Plainfield; Mary Jo Minarich – building level technology specialist at NB Galloway Elementary School, Channahon; and Cyndi Grasso – ESL/bilingual teacher at Grand Prairie Elementary School, Joliet.

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