Fund for Teachers

VHACF is proud to be a part of rewarding and investing in exceptional teachers working in our area’s school districts #621 and #624. Fund for Teachers is a concrete way we can do this, articulated well in their Mission Statement:

Fund for Teachers enriches the personal and professional growth of teachers by recognizing and supporting them as they identify and pursue opportunities around the globe that will have the greatest impact on their practice, the academic lives of their students and on their school communities.

For more information about the organization of Fund for Teachers, click here.

Past Recipient Stories

VHACF 2016 FFT Grant Recipient in London and Spain

Mounds View High School Math teacher, Katie O’Bryan, received our 2016 Fund For Teachers grant to travel to London and Spain. She wanted to expand how students engage in math content by learning about the geometry involved with Islamic art. You can read her fascinating blog posts here and here and one more post by clicking on the photo below.

VHACF 2015 FFT Grant Recipients in Poland


Mounds View High School English teachers, Beth Baxley, Allyson Manns and Ashley Walter, received our 2015 Fund for Teachers grant to visit Poland to research the background of a graphic novel they teach. Maus is the story of a Polish Jew during the Holocaust. You can find the teachers’ moving account of their five days in Poland, visiting concentration camps, Warsaw and other cities at their blog here.


VHACF 2014 FFT Grant Recipient in Argentina


Our 2014 Fund for Teachers Grant Recipient, Sarah Swoboda, is using her grant to spend some time in Argentina.

A few weeks in Argentina…what a wonderful opportunity! Thanks to the WBL Educational Foundation and the Fund for Teachers – Vadnais Heights Program, I get to take a Spanish course for Spanish teachers and experience life in Argentina! I will post some highlights here for anyone interested!

Click on Sarah’s image below to go to her blog.

VHACF 2013 FFT Grant Recipient in Africa


Allison Pratt, our 2013 Fund For Teachers recipient, used her grant money in Namibia, Africa. In her own words,

On June 13th 2013, I departed for Namibia, Africa using grant money that I received from Fund for Teachers. My intention was to volunteer with a group called EHRA (Elephant Human Relations Aid) and use my volunteer experience to supplement the literature I teach about conservation and the environment. When I embarked on my journey, I knew I was in for an adventure, but I didn’t quite know how much it was going to transform my thinking about the environment, our relationship with animals, and the literature I teach. This blog depicts my journey and what I learned from the place, people, animals, and wild that I experienced.

Click on Allison’s image below to go to her blog.