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Marfa educators receive AEP Teacher Vision Grants

May 11th, 2017 under Education

By NICK WINCHESTER

nick@bigbendnow.com

MARFA — Two Marfa ISD educators, Jamie Avalos and Jose Salgado, have been awarded American Electric Power Company (AEP) Teacher Vision Grants and will both receive $500.

The grants aim to help teachers fund creative classroom projects that improve students’ academic experience. AEP places emphasis on science, mathematics, technology, electrical safety, alongside the study of energy and the environment, and energy efficiency.

Avalos told the Big Bend Sentinel that the grant money will allow her to purchase Starry Night astronomy software for her high school science class.

“This software will be a boon for the course, adding more variety in activities and a way to practice stargazing without having to leave the classroom,” she said.

Salgado, who teaches junior high math, said he appreciates the interest that Texas AEP has shown Marfa ISD by awarding us the AEP Teacher Vision Grants.

The money Salgado will receive will be invested in a 3D printer for his classroom projects.

“The 3D printer will be used to enhance the math lessons and integrate technology in the classroom. All junior high students will have access to the 3D printer,” he said.

“I want to thank Mr. Cosme Roman for introducing us to this grant opportunity,” Salgado added. “I also want to thank Mrs. Ann Marie Nafziger for helping me apply for this grant and Mr. Aguero for supporting us all the time; without them we would not have obtained this.”

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