MCCSC Teachers Honored as Creativity Fellows

(BLOOMINGTON) – The Lilly Endowment Teacher Creativity Fellowship Program gives Indiana’s K-12 educators working in public and private schools the encouragement and financial support to renew their commitment to the education profession.

101 educators from across Indiana will receive grants so they can renew their own curiosity and deepen personal and professional development.

Each fellow will receive a grant of up to $12,000 to fund personally and professionally meaningful activities.

These educators work in a variety of schools, including traditional public schools, charter schools, and private schools. The schools are in cities and towns and in suburban and rural communities throughout the state.

MCCSC is excited that four of its educators have received the 2021 Teacher Creativity Fellowship.

The fellows and a brief of their renewal plans are listed below.

Laura Okulski, Bloomington High School North: “Instinct tells you to go home: Returning to Korea in Pursuit of Joy” – explore firsthand, the ancestral stories and Korean culture as a family experience; seek peace after loss and grief.

Stephanie Vanzo, Childs Elementary School: “The Flow of Water – On Paper and In the Ocean” – learn to watercolor paint and relearn to surf on the Atlantic beaches in Bude, England, one of Cornwall’s artist enclaves as well as an ideal destination for surfers.

Dianna Johnson, Templeton Elementary School: “The Last Frontier: An Alaskan Road Trip from Childhood Dreams” – take the road trip of childhood dreams to Alaska, as inspired by an uncle’s riveting travel stories.

Rebecca Rice, Tri–North Middle School: “Japanese Perspectives on our Shared Energy Future” – revisit Japan to blog about the future of global energy and bicycle commuting lifestyles; take a Japanese conversation course; bike the countryside to hear different perspectives on our shared energy future, and create two projects for an electric grid unit.