Bright Ideas teacher grant winners announced

Wake Forest, NC Nov. 2

Wake Electric announced today that 44 teachers in Johnston, Franklin, Granville, Wake, Nash, Durham, and Vance counties have been awarded Bright Ideas grants. The grants will be used for a variety of class-room programs throughout the school year.

Grant winners include:


  • A. Daphne Terry, C C Spaulding Elementary, Respecting the Earth, Each Other, and Ourselves, Durham County, $1,244.42
  • Alison L. Tiangson, Western Vance, Secondary Recycling for our Future, Vance County $1,134.15
  • Beth Ryan, Casa Esperanza Montessori, Discover North Carolina, Wake County, $1,138.00
  • Carolyn Boeckx, Coopers Elementary, Flying High, Nash-Rocky Mount, $771.90
  • Chuck Sinclair, Franklinton Elementary, Franklinton Elementary Chorus, Franklin County, $1,403.00
  • Cynthia Carpenter, Southern Nash Middle , How Clean Is Our Creek?, Nash-Rocky Mount, $355.00
  • Doug Pawlak, Riverwood Middle, Support Your Local History, Johnston County, $1,500.00
  • Elizabeth Logan, Princeton High, Neurons R Us, Johnston County, $181.34
  • Ellen Ennis, Smithfield-Selma High, T.E.S.T (Using Technology to create Excitement and Success in Teens), Johnston County, $1,501.95
  • Janet Whitfield, Martin Middle, Help us see, Elmo!, Wake County, $1,257.12
  • Jen Moreck, Riverwood Middle, Boston Massacre Mock Trial, Johnston County, $1,480.00
  • Jennifer Capps, Smithfield Middle, Quiet on the Set, Johnston County, $754.95
  • Susan Johnson, Crosscreek Charte,r Lights! Cameras! Students on Stage!, Franklin County, $1,404.00
  • Jonathan Phillips, Franklinton High, GRIND, BIND and APPLY, Franklin County, $1,486.20
  • Julie Taylor, Cooper Elementary, Golden Globetrotters, Johnston County $1,360.00
  • Karen Waller, Timber Drive Elementary, Read Around the World, Wake County, $1,499.00
  • Katherine Tucker, Thompson Smithfield Middle, The Struggle to Suceed, Johnston County, $1,476.00
  • Kelly Nesbitt, Pinkston Street Elementary, Enrichment for Students with Special Needs, Vance County, $1,271.78
  • Kimberly Ellison, Powhatan Elementary, It's a Messy World but We Love It!, Johnston County, $1,500.00
  • Kit Bunn, Jones Dairy Elementary, W.A.L.K. (Walk And Listen Klub), Wake County, $1,499.60
  • Kristen Hensley, Bunn Middle, Ewwww! Frog Guts, Franklin County, $300.00
  • Lacy Coley, Royal Elementary, Connecting to the Counties: Learning through Mail, Franklin County, $142.00
  • Lanelle Sutton, Smithfield Middle, Continuing the Trip with Technology and Books, Johnston County, $1,480.00
  • Leigh Anne Howard, Nash Central Middle School, Mathletics, Nash-Rocky Mount, $1,173.50
  • Lia Stene, Powhatan Elementary, PEP-TV, Johnston County, $1,430.63
  • Lori Craven, Cedar Creek Middle, Acids and Bases and Neutrals Oh My!, Franklin County, $1,500.00
  • Marsha Hast, Bunn Middle, Family Night with the Stars, Franklin County, $1,199.00
  • Mary Aker, South Smithfield Elementary, "Let's Hear It For Podcasting", Johnston County, $1,350.00
  • Maureen Lalino, Royal Elementary, Lifeline for Students, Franklin County, $1,495.00
  • Melissa Hubard, Selma Elementary, R.E.A.D. Family Packs, Johnston County, $804.00
  • Michelle McGhee, Franklinton Elementary Animation and Digital Storytelling, Franklin County, $980.00
  • Nicole Borman, Knightdale High, Read it Forward!, Wake County, $1,481.70
  • Renee Gorby, J F Webb High, Engaging Students with the Science of Crime - Forensics, Granville County, $340.17
  • Richard Kozak, Mt. Energy Elementary School, Are you smarter than a 5th grade weather person?, Granville County, $1,500.00
  • Rita Vermeulen, Millbrook Elementary, Bright Readers, Wake County, $1,134.20
  • Robert Nalen, Butner-Stem Middle, Discovery China, Granville County, $1,500.00
  • Ronda Bullock, Hillside High, iTEACH: integrating Technology to Expand All Children's Horizons, Durham County, $1,298.95
  • Shawn Richards, Western Vance, Secondary Web 2.0: School Website Creation, Vance County, $1,200.00
  • Suzanne Tilton, Sycamore Creek Elementary, Kyle's Travel Blog, Wake County, $975.00
  • Tanya Whitmoyer, East Clayton Elementary, Helping Hands Craft Club: The Art of Giving Johnston County, $1,078.00
  • Timothy Zantello, Wilton Elementary, I've Got A Wiki, and I'm Not Afraid To Use It, Granville County, $1,500.00
  • Tracy Greene, Northern Nash High, Cook to educate Nash-Rocky Mount, $1,500.00
  • Victoria Bradsher, Eaton-Johnson Middle, Math Thinking Through Writing, Vance County, $475.00

"Wake Electric is proud to provide these grants to teachers," said Angela Perez, Public Relations/Communications Coordinator, "Especially during these tough economic times when school budgets have been hit so hard."

Wake Electric offers Bright Ideas grants to individual teachers and administrators at schools operating in its service territory.

The Bright Ideas winners will be honored in November at a banquet held at the North Raleigh Hilton Hotel.

Bright Ideas, which is administered by cooperatives across the state of North Carolina, awards grants to innovative educators in any subject or grade at North Carolina certified K-12 schools.

Wake Electric's Bright Ideas grant program has awarded more than $480,000 to area educators since 1994. To learn more about the grant program, visit or Wake Electric's website at

The funds for the Operation RoundUp grants come from WEMC members who agree to round up their light bill to the nearest whole dollar. For example, if the bill is $190.91 - the bill will be rounded up 9 cents to $191.00. These pennies add up to major dollars. Partial funding also comes from the North Carolina Electric Membership Corporation, located in Raleigh, NC. The NCEMC consists of a family of corporations formed to support the state's 27 electric cooperatives.

Wake Electric is a non-profit electric utility serving over 33,500 members in parts of Franklin, Durham, Granville, Johnston, Vance, Nash, and Wake counties.


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