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April 15, 2022
Contact: Christina Mazzanti

AAE Foundation Announces National Teacher Scholarship and Classroom Grant Recipients


Alexandria, VA – The Association of American Educators Foundation (AAEF), a 501(c)(3) organization supporting the mission of the Association of American Educators (AAE), a national professional association serving educators in all fifty states, is pleased to announce that sixteen outstanding educators have been selected as recipients of scholarship or grant awards of up to $500 to help them realize their professional training goals and develop student-focused projects, content, and activities. The AAE Foundation National Teacher Scholarship and Classroom Grant Program encourages professional excellence for all educators and has awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars to educators across the country through a competitive biannual selection process.


“Educators across the country have redoubled their efforts to address pandemic-related learning loss and meet the learning goals of their students through creative, rigorous, and innovative practices,” noted the executive director of the Association of American Educators and the AAE Foundation, Colin Sharkey. “This scholarship and grant program seeks to recognize and support these efforts and advance the profession in new and impactful ways. The AAE Foundation congratulates all of our winners.”


The March 2022 recipients are:

Ashley Custis, Spearfish, South Dakota
Deborah Dow, Toney, Alabama
Kristen Fischer, Carnegie, Pennsylvania
Laura Fraher, Fort Worth, Texas
Angela Gillespie, Tucson, Arizona
Mitchell Kalin, Las Vegas, Nevada
Tabatha Khoury, Grosse Pointe, Michigan
Lorna Maxwell, Westlake Village, California
Julie Monico, Bellevue, Nebraska
Brian Payne, Atlanta, Georgia
Brittany Reese, Evans, Georgia
Dariaknna Reyes-Yencer, Lakewood, New Jersey
Steven Roper, Bealeton, Virginia
Samantha Selikoff, Rockaway, New Jersey
Eunique Sharman, Galveston, Texas
Kellie Walker, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


“This group of recipients represents an impressive diversity of backgrounds and classroom expertise,” said AAE’s Director of Professional Learning Melissa Pratt. “The funding provided by the AAE Foundation will extend their classroom efforts and enhance their training for the benefit of their current students and for years to come. We are thrilled to continue to support our educators through this vital scholarship and grant program.”



The AAE Foundation National Teacher Scholarship and Classroom Grant Program is open to all full-time educators. AAE has awarded more than $600,000 in awards since the start of the program. Applications are considered twice-a-year and evaluated by a volunteer review committee of educators throughout the nation. The next deadline for submissions is October 1, 2022.


The Association of American Educators (AAE) is the largest national, nonunion, professional educator organization, advancing the profession by offering a modern approach to educator empowerment and advocacy—promoting professionalism, collaboration, and excellence without a partisan agenda. AAE is committed to a teaching profession that is student oriented, well respected, and personally fulfilling. AAE serves members in all fifty states and welcomes professionals from all education entities. Membership is $16.50 per month and includes $2 million professional liability insurance, employment rights coverage, professional resources, and many other benefits. Classroom teachers, paraprofessionals, administrators, student teachers, university professors, and supporters can learn more at