Making a difference with BCEF teacher grants


Whitney Green, Susan Moore Elementary kindergarten teacher, used her grant to purchase books and other materials for her classroom. -photo courtesy Whitney Green

Whitney Green, Susan Moore Elementary kindergarten teacher, used her grant to purchase books and other materials for her classroom. -photo courtesy Whitney Green

My name is Whitney Green, and I am honored to be a teacher at Susan Moore Elementary School. I graduated from the University of North Alabama in December of 2016 and began my teaching career at Susan Moore in January of 2017 as the sixth grade math teacher. At the conclusion of the 2017 school year, I was blessed with the opportunity to teach kindergarten where I have been ever since.

I have also been blessed with the opportunity to teach kindergarten students at the Dreamcatchers summer program that Susan Moore Elementary hosts each summer. For the last three summers, I have had the chance to work with many students and watch their academic growth expand tremendously. Kindergarten is my absolute favorite grade level to teach because every day is a new learning experience. Most students come to school with very little knowledge and by the end of the year they are able to read and write.

The Blount County Education Foundation has been very kind to my classroom over the years. Last year I was awarded a grant that allowed me to purchase more than 100 hard and paperback books, as well as some on-grade level decodables, for the students in my classroom. The look on my students’ faces when we unboxed the books will be one that I forever cherish.

These books have made such an impact on my classroom already. We use these books daily for classroom read alouds that correspond with the standards and skills we are teaching. The books leave my students mesmerized each day. They always ask to “read just one more.” The on-grade level decodables have made an impact on my students as well! These decodable text have given students extra materials to read during reading stations or to check out of my classroom and read at home.

Kindergarten students in Blount County are required to take a formal assessment in the fall, winter, and spring called Aimsweb. I fully believe that the grant I was awarded last year by the BCEF impacted my students in such a way that almost all of my kindergarten students were reading at or above grade level by the end of the year. These books were also used during the Dreamcatcher Summer Program. Huge gains were seen in each student that attended.

I am very thankful for the BCEF and the impact they are making on schools each year. I know my classroom learning experiences have been amplified thanks to their generous donations.