2016-2017 TRTF Scholarship and Grant Recipients

TRTF 2016-17 Student Scholarship Recipients

Bailey Bohlken is related to David Maxton of the Franklin County RSEA (District 8).

Glendie Cornelison is related to Harold Cornelison, an at-large member of TRTA from Abilene (District 14).

Allison Cook is related to Cynthia Prater of the Johnson-Somervell RSEA (District 11).

Caleb Murrile is related to Jimmy Murrile of the Wharton County RTA (District 3).

Taylor Parker is related to Patricia Brown of the Smith County RTSPA (District 7).

Cameron Stevens is related to Mary Lou Roemer, an at-large member of TRTA from San Antonio (District 20).

Rebekah Noey is related to Margaret Noey, an at-large member of TRTA from Spring (District 4).

Carley Moody is related to James and Fleda Maxton, members of the Mt. Pleasant-Titus County RSPA (District 8).

Hannah Lyssy is related to Peggy Hosek, an at-large member of TRTA from Poth (District 20).

Joshua Poling is related to Dan Webb of the Clay County ARSP (District 9).

Mary Cass is related to Katherine Cass of the Lamar-Delta RTSEA (District 8).

Noah Martin is related to Nina Fancher of the Wichita Falls Area ARSP (District 9).

Cassidy Crutchfield is related to Elizabeth Ann Metcalf of the REA Panhandle Schools (District 16).

Phebe Foster is related to Suzette Valentine of the Kaufman County RSP (District 10).

Rylee Clinton is related to Brenda Fietz Miller, an at-large member of TRTA from Kingsland (District 13).

TRTF 2016-17 Classroom Assistance Grant Recipients

Thomas Ehlinger teaches JROTC at Stafford Middle and High Schools in Stafford. He will purchase a Parrot AR Drone Quadcopter kit and train his students to be proficient, safe pilots.

Roberto Barbosa teaches U.S. History at Sharyland High School in Mission. He will use the funds to purchase HyperDuinos, allowing his students to program lights and videos to historical dioramas through electrical circuits.


Recipient Roberto Barbosa poses with his principal and TRTA members from El Paso.

Karen Baker teaches Reading at Bear Creek Elementary in Houston. She will use her funds to purchase Scholastic Books at a discount, which can then be sold at the school’s “Novel-ty” Bookstore.


Recipient Karen Baker with TRTF Trustee Corky Pence.

Sandra Ramirez teaches Math, Science, Reading and Writing at Patton Springs Middle School in Afton & will purchase the Mainstay Math Bundle and Math Vocabulary Picture Cards to help her ESL students understand math concepts.


Recipient Sandra Ramirez with TRTF Trustee Martha Kallus.

Allen Hubbard teaches at Akins High School in Austin and will purchase a high-speed camera for his Physics courses.

David Stricklen teaches Earth and Science at Akins High School in Austin, and will purchase an augmented reality sandbox to help his students create topography models and 3D water simulations, such as floods.


Read more about Allen Hubbard, David Stricklen (both pictured above with TRTF Trustee La Vonne Rogers), and the man their high school was named after, Dr. Charles Akins here!

Jesus Torres teaches Band at East View High School in Georgetown. He will purchase solo literature from the Texas UIL Prescribed Music List to help his students expand their ability levels and repertoire.


Recipient Jesus Torres poses with his principal and TRTF Trustee Ronnie Jung.



Mr. Torres' band students have fun for the camera.

Polly Wilson teaches first grade at Crockett Elementary in Bryan. She will expand the book collection for the Crockett Mobile Library, which allows students to continue reading during the summer months by bringing books to them.


Teacher Polly Wilson used the money she received from TRTF to purchase over 100 bilingual books, 10 tubs and 2 folding tables for her Mobile Library.

Joel Yelton is an Industrial Technology teacher at Cypress Ridge High School in Houston. He will use the grant funds for a tiny house project built entirely by his students.

Kayla King Tillison teaches Math at Northside Intermediate in Henderson, and will buy a series of books that relate math with animals and nature for the Reading Counts! program.

Laura Vrana teaches all subjects at Jefferson Ave Elementary in Seguin, and will use her funds to create the spring vegetable garden for the school garden club, as well as add new fruit trees and rose bushes.

Laura Vrana accepts $500.00 reward from the Retired Teachers Organization April 25, 2016

Laura Vrana accepts $500.00 reward with the school principal.

Sarah Hurt works at Faith Family Academy in Dallas. She will publish a dual language hardback book written by her students.




Sarah Hurt's students begin work on their dual language book. Below: Students enjoy reading their published books (September 2016).

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Sally Keddal teaches at Ball Early Childhood Center in Seguin, and will expand the student vegetable garden and build a composting station with her grant funds.


Recipient Sally Keddal accepts her check from TRTF Trustee La Vonne Rogers.

Wimberley Krueger teaches science at Centerville Jr.-Sr. High School in Centerville, and will purchase digital probe-ware for science and math labs to give her students wet lab and data acquisition experience.

Donna Magjarevich works with dyslexic students at Selman Intermediate in Sealy, and will purchase Really Great Reading to set up different types of decoders for different student skill levels.


Recipient Donna Magjarevich poses with TRTA members Don and Janet Allphin.