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Mary Jane Taylor
Education Mini-Grants 

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for the
2024-2025 School Year

Mary Jane Taylor (1941-2018) was a local and international education leader.  Passionate about bringing high quality educational experiences to all children, she was a founding member of the Greyhound Foundation. She became an educator after graduating Mansfield State Teacher’s College and receiving her Master of Science Degree in Education from Bucknell University in 1967. 


Throughout her career this remarkable educator positively impacted students of all ages. We will forever miss her enthusiasm, idealism, wisdom and grace.


The Greyhound Foundation honors her memory through our Mini-Grant program. We invite applications from educators who can demonstrate innovative projects that address an identified educational need directly benefitting the students of our school district.  


The Foundation sets aside funds for this program annually and accepts proposal requests ranging from $250 to $1,000.  The grant has a six-month implementation period and the project must be offered between November through May of the current school year. 


This grant is competitive and will be awarded to those proposals that best meet the stated criteria. 

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Joining the faculty of the Rowland Laboratory School in 1969 (now known as the Grace B. Luhrs University Elementary School) she assumed directorship of the school in 1986. During her long and distinguished career, she worked as a research consultant for the U.S. Department of Education, as a classroom teacher, Head Start director, university professor, and school administrator.  Mrs. Taylor also served on the Board of Directors of the International Association of Laboratory Schools.

Please join us in congratulating the 2023-24 Innovation Teachers
and the recipients of the Mary Jane Taylor Mini Grants

  • James Burd         William Hopkins                            Health/PE            Fastest Sport on 2 Feet – Lacrosse                                              

  • SASHS                   Chad Shipp                                    Family & Consumer Science               Anodized Cookware                                                    

  • SASHS                   Lisa Boltz                                        Agriculture          Microscopes for Applied Agriculture Science                                      

  • James Burd         Amy Wallo/Heather Lenker          Special Ed            Creating a Sensory Program for Self-Regulation                                       

  • SAIS                      Beth Jones                                       Library                  Encouraging Reading                                                                           

  • Grades 5 – 12     Jennifer Deibler                               Music                   Choral Master Class                                                                                          

  • SASHS                   Teresa E. Harris Tibbits                 Science                Project Based Learning – Game Creation                             

  • SAMS                    Melisha Miller                                 Science                Bird Watching Club Binoculars and Books                     

  • SAMS                    Amy Boyer                                       ESL/ELA               Spanish Literacy Project for Cultural Diversity                                     

  • SAIS                      Julia Suchanek                                 ELA                       Learning/Vocabulary A – Z Subscription                          

  • Burd/Grayson     Marsha Schmus                             Math                     Math is Lit! Literature to Support Mathematics

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