Teachers receive scholarships for continuing education from Joint PTO Scholarship Committee

L-R: Kendy Blake, Leslie Gardner, Jasmin Fling, Tara Kolker, Hannah Ryan, Rachael Lessmann, not pictured Megan Miller.

The Littleton Public Schools Joint PTO Scholarship Fund awards scholarship grants each May to support teachers’ continued professional growth. These funds, which are a result of a joint enterprise of all individual LPS schools’ PTOs (Parent/Teacher Organizations), help teachers pay for special training or classes toward an advanced degree. All teachers in LPS are invited to participate, and teachers who meet the requirements are eligible to receive a grant.

This year, seven LPS teachers from across the district were awarded scholarships. LPS Superintendent Brian Ewert presented scholarship recipients with their Joint PTO Scholarship Fund grants during a reception held April 30, 2019.

2018-2019 Joint PTO Scholarship recipients are:

  • Kendy Blake - Powell Middle School
  • Hannah Ryan - Peabody Elementary School
  • Jasmin Fling - Moody Elementary School
  • Leslie Gardner - Newton Middle School
  • Tara Kolker - Euclid Middle School
  • Megan Miller - Euclid Middle School
  • Rachael Lessmann - Runyon Elementary School

The LPS Joint PTO Scholarship Committee has been helping teachers cover training costs since 1958. It has been the Committee’s objective to help improve instruction for students by helping teachers get the training they need.

This program is special because it is funded with PTO funds, not district funds. LPS Director of Communications Diane Leiker noted “Parents value continuing education opportunities for teachers, and PTOs see how these opportunities translate into richer experiences for students in the classroom. It’s a wonderful partnership that we as a community are very proud of.”  Thank you to members of the PTO Scholarship Committee for their continued support of our teachers!

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