By Matt Montgomery
Stone Ridge Elementary Counselor Lisa Marney wants to guide her students through the use of technology. She is doing this through a grant she wrote entitled, “Guide Them Through Tablet.”
Marney submitted the grant request on Donorschoose.org, a website where educators can request donations for programs in their classrooms.
With the help of nine donors through Donorschoose.org, Marney was successful in receiving $938 to go toward paying for a Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 wifi tablet, a charging stand and a carrying case for her classroom. She has also sent in a request for a stylus and a video/audio adapter.
“You choose to put 10 or 15 percent back and that ups the money a little bit,” Marney said. “But that goes back into some of the other projects they put in themselves.”
She said on Donorschoose.org she had to submit a proposal indicating what she would like to do in her classroom. Donors search the website looking for projects which to donate. In her case, she had three or four anonymous donors that helped and there was also a match code, where Horace Mann Insurance Company would match a donation.
Stone Ridge Principal Margaret McNair Dale said she is proud of Marney and said she went above and beyond the call of duty to foster an environment where teachers can go above and beyond for their students.
“While she was gone on maternity leave, every day I would send her emails,” Dale said. “So, she is such a valuable part of our school in meeting the needs of our children and thinking of ways to meet the needs of our children too. Not just behavior plans, but this Galaxy tablet she is getting will help her coordinate her classes.”
Dale said Marney’s job description has such variety in it in meeting the needs of children, that there is no possible way for her to do all of it.
“She is working all the time to get everything done,” Dale said.
She added that Marney is always available for the students and is there for the good and bad days.
Marney said the reason she took the position at Stone Ridge is to be there for the kids and teaching is something that she is passionate about so having better technology in her classroom will make teaching and getting her message across easier.
Marney plans to utilize the tablet so she can communicate better with the children, the children’s parents and make it easier for them to communicate with her, too.