Teacher Grants

Prospect High School PTSA sets aside a portion of its annual budget to fund teacher requests or grants for purchase of classroom equipment or items needed to improve the educational environment for teachers and students. These funds help to supplement district and school-site funding.  These grants are for one-time funding annually. Additional funding for the same or similar requests need to be resubmitted for each calendar year. Requests are reviewed and voted on by PTSA board members, the school principal, and parents/students/teachers attending the executive meeting.

Teacher Grants Awarded 2020-21

For 2020-21, we opened the grant process early in the school year to help meet the needs of teachers working in a distance learning environment. We closed the grant window in early September and re-opened it in January. The following items are what PTSA approved throughout the year.

  • Ms. Bencomo (College & Career Center) – Books to supplement Prospect’s anti-racism library, in sets of 10 to promote book clubs and discussion
  • Ms. Buhler (Science) – Subscription to kahoot to provide students an interactive way of learning and reviewing online in the form of games/competition
  • Ms. Chu (Math) – Subscription to the whiteboard.fi tool to increase student engagement and provide live feedback and immediate overview of students
  • Ms. Dawson (Art) – Yarn and other materials to provide to students for weaving project
  • Ms. Gilmore (English) – Subscription to online roundtable technology to enhance classroom discussion in virtual learning environment
  • Ms. McCarthy (Social Science) – Team building online games
  • Ms. Peters (Special Ed) – Subscription to Study.com to allow for individualization and self-paced learning
  • Mr. Pinza (Admin) – Teacher appreciation
  • Mr. Rodriguez-Castaneda (Music) – Audio equipment to facilitate distance learning
  • Ms. Rodriguez (Health office) – Ice machine to create ice packs as needed for students and staff
  • Ms. Sharief (Book room) – Materials to re-cover soft cover books in the book room to extend longevity
  • Ms. Tung (World Language) – Mandarin books to enhance student’s reading proficiency
  • Ms. Youshock (Special Ed) – Registration for CSEA Paraeducator conference
  • Ms. Wang (Special Ed) – Registration for CSEA Paraeducator conference
  • Asian Student Union Club – Art materials for club activities related to boosting student morale
  • ArtReach Club – Art supplies to be used to make thank you cards for frontline workers
  • Speech & Debate Club – Coaching support for virtual tournament and related awards
  • Ms. Kim (world languages) – Zoom essential starter pack including microphone, camera, light
  • Ms. Van Horne (Math) – iPad
  • Ms. Faraon-Buhler (Science) – Printer ink cartridges, Subscription to ShowMe, an online platform to improve delivery of showing students how to solve problems with diagrams
  • Ms. Stewart (Special Ed) – iPad
  • Mrs. Mireles- Serna (World Languages) – subscription to the presentation platform Buncee
  • Ms. Hylbert (CASSY counselor) – materials for Art therapy kits
  • Mr. Prado (Social Science) – Wireless headset with microphone
  • Mr. Collier (Science) – Writing stylus to be used with laptop
  • Ms. Tung (World Languages) – Subscription to PearDeck and Quizlet


“Thank you and please convey my sincere gratitude to the full PTSA for being able to support teachers. The grant goes beyond just the monetary support. It’s yet another way for us to feel our work is worthy and trusted!” — Ms. Chu (math dept)