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November 22, 2021
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 innovative practices and professional excellence for all educators and has awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars to educators across the country through a competitive biannual selection process.


“Our commitment to supporting professional development and rewarding student-focused classroom enhancements is central to our mission,” noted the executive director of the Association of American Educators and the AAE Foundation, Colin Sharkey. “Every recipient of an AAE Foundation grant or scholarship is a remarkable advocate for their students and their profession worthy of acknowledgement and recognition. Congratulations to all of our winners.”


The October 2021 recipients are:


Katherine Adams, Fairfax, Virginia
Theresa Brazee, Deltona, Florida
Daniel Chase, Woodbridge, Connecticut
Lisa Cicoria, North Sutton, New Hampshire
Eric Dennis, Murray, Nebraska
Christopher Douglas, Columbia, South Carolina
Amanda Everhart, Bagley, Minnesota
Steven Herrera, Miami Lakes, Florida
Letica Jones, East Point, Georgia
Jennifer Lambert, Lyndhurst, New Jersey
Jessica Lindgren, Martinez, California
Nina Mathews, Battle Creek, Michigan
Brian Smith, Oakridge, Tennessee
Alex Somer, Long Island City, New York
Nathan Wilson, Elkhart, Indiana
Rachel Wolford, Norcross, Georgia


“Even as classes returned to in-school instruction across the nation, the pandemic remained a factor in many of this fall’s proposal submissions,” said AAE senior professional programs manager Melissa Pratt. “Educators continue to find new and successful ways to adapt instructional methods, secure classroom improvements to best serve their students, and embrace the challenges and demands of an evolving profession. 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 March 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