Sonnen awarded $500 grant
Mrs. Colleen Sonnen, a science and math teacher at Prairie Elementary in Cottonwood, ID, has been awarded a $500 Classroom Grant from Northwest Professional Educators (NWPE), the state’s only non-union professional teacher association. Cindy Omlin, NWPE Executive Director, presented the grant at a school assembly on September 28. The award is for purchase of a salt water aquarium and fish to enhance student learning about the Great Barrier Reef, ocean and environmental issues.  
“Northwest Professional Educators is happy to provide Mrs. Sonnen this Classroom Grant to enhance student learning,” said Ms. Omlin. “NWPE is proud to reward educators for their hard work and creativity in the classroom. Mrs. Sonnen’s award is certainly well-deserved as she seeks ways to increase student achievement.”
NWPE awards $500 teacher scholarships and classroom grants twice a year. Teachers who are new to the profession or their classroom are also eligible for $250 New Classroom Start-Up Grants.  All educators are eligible for the awards although NWPE members receive first preference.  The next application deadline is March 1, 2012.  The deadline for New Classroom Start-Up Grants is December 31.
Northwest Professional Educators is a nonprofit, non-union, professional educators’ organization focused on students as educators’ highest priority and improving the professionalism of education.  
NWPE welcomes educators of any education entity including teachers, administrators and support staff and provides members with liability insurance, legal services, professional development resources, teacher scholarships, classroom grants, and a voice on education issues.  Membership dues are $16.50 a month.
More information about Northwest Professional Educators and its teacher scholarship and classroom grant program may be obtained by visiting the website at or by calling 800-380-6973.  

Colleen Sonnen, left, receives a $500 grant check from Cindy Omlin, NWPE Executive Director.

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