The Helena Education Foundation this week awarded $ 15,000 in scholarships and honored six educators with prizes for making an impact on the lives of their students.

According to HEF Executive Director Lisa Cordingley, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought about significant changes in many HEF programs, including the presentation of these awards and grants.

“This includes the custom of surprising educators with an entourage of board members, donors and friends to present grants and other awards,” Cordingley said in a press release. “There was no entourage, but on Thursday, November 4, Helena Public School Principal Rex Weltz and I visited 15 educators to present grant checks and prizes. great teachers. “

The Let’s Talk Great Teachers award winners were Shannin Preshinger from Helena High School, Susan Graham from CR Anderson, Brice Burton from Warren Elementary School, Jody Branting from Four Georgians Elementary School, Amy Friez from Middle School Helena and Dawn Rolling from Helena Middle School.

According to Cordingley, Friez also received a grant from HEF to fund a learning center at HMS.

The Talking Great Teachers awards are given to teachers who build strong and lasting relationships with their students. Cordingley described him as the kind of teachers who “watch their students’ ball games and ballets.” Cordingley said the winners are those who go the extra mile for their students and colleagues, creating a sense of community in their classrooms while setting high expectations.

The scale of grants presented by HEF ranges from the $ 500 Spark Grant to the $ 5,000 Big Ideas Grant. Successful proposals include projects such as providing a learning center at HMS, purchasing equipment to teach abstract concepts of biology to students at Capital High School, and starting a book club at Smith Elementary.

HEF has worked to enrich the public education system in the Helena region for the past 20 years. It hosts well-known programs like Great Conversations and awards numerous grants like the Great Ideas Grant each year.

For more information or to sign up for Great Conversations on November 17, visit hefmt.org.