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Plano ISD Staff Newsletter Volume 44, Number 1 September 22, 2016
video link to 2015 Grants to Educators

Education Foundation Seeks Grants to Educators Applications by Friday, Sept. 23!

The Plano ISD Education Foundation is accepting applications for Grants to Educators through Friday, September 23. Principal approvals are due by September 30. These are firm dates, so don't let them slip by you.

New this year: if a grant is rejected for any reason, the applicant will need to resubmit an entirely new grant. The applicant will not be able to resubmit a grant this year for grants rejected after September 23. The format does not allow for changes after submission or after the due date. Application assistance is available. If you need help, contact Marta Lilly (

Tip: copy and paste your application answers into an application like Microsoft Word, so they are saved and available to you should you need to resubmit your application.

The annual grants program helps educators enhance instruction by providing funding for innovative educational programs. The 2016 online grant application is available on the Foundation website. To assist you further, click to view a complete list of 2015 grants awarded and how grants are scored. Last year the Plano ISD Foundation surprised educators with $125,000 in grants. See the video link above and enjoy the excitement with the 2015 Grant


Plano ISD Education Foundation's CORE Store for Teachers Opened its Doors with Help from Donors and Volunteers

On Wednesday, September 7, the Plano ISD Education Foundation and the Plano Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the CORE (Classroom Resource for Education) Store for teachers. The CORE Store is a new initiative of the Plano ISD Education Foundation.

Donated supplies

The store’s vision and mission are to help students succeed by equipping teachers with donated classroom resources, providing an opportunity for every Plano ISD student to have the supplies required for success in school. READ


Bill McLaughlinBill McLaughlin Selected by TASSP as Region 10 Outstanding Principal of the Year

Bill McLaughlin, former Principal of Shepton High School and current Director of Employee Recruitment and Retention, has been selected to represent the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals (TASSP) as Region 10 Outstanding Principal of the Year. TASSP recognizes outstanding principals and assistant principals from the twenty region Education Service Centers in the state. Honored school administrators are nominated and chosen by their peers based on exemplary performance and outstanding leadership. READ


Erika Manning, Weatherford ElementaryWeatherford Elementary School's Erika Manning Named Region 10 Teacher of the Year

Plano ISD's teachers of the year – Erika Manning, Weatherford Elementary instructional specialist, and Bryan Yee, Plano Senior High School mathematics teacher – were honored on August 9 at the Regional Teacher of the Year award luncheon at The Atrium in Garland, Texas. Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Brian Binggeli was in attendance as were school administrators: Ben Benavides, Weatherford Elementary Principal and Glenn Davis, Plano Senior High School Associate Principal, as well as the honorees' spouses, Jeff Manning and Ellen Yee. As part of the celebration, Erika was named Region 10 2016-17 Elementary Teacher of the Year. READ

Three Plano ISD Teachers Honored at Innovations in STEM Awards Reception Sponsored by Texas Instruments Foundation

Innovations in STEM winners group photo

The Texas Instruments (TI) Foundation presented its Innovations in STEM Teaching Awards to 18 area teachers, including three teachers from Plano ISD, during a September 15 ceremony held at TI’s Dallas headquarters.

Raymond Morton, Laura Spear, Bryan Yee Innovation in STEM 2016 winners holding plaques
Winners are Raymond Morton, Hendrick Middle School; Laura Spear, Vines High School and Bryan Yee, Plano Senior High School. READ

Around the district

PPA Shirts example

Spirit wear sales are underway through the Plano Principals' Association to support the group's programs for students and staff. Selections are available that honor senior high feeder colors, neutrals and theme related t-shirts are also available.

PPA spirit wear is priced between $12.00 and $50.00. A portion of each item sold goes to PPA to use for scholarships and donations. The thematic t-shirts are back by popular demand and offered in black, maroon, royal blue and charcoal. Orders are due September 27. read

Video of UTD Summer Scholars

Susan Modisette, assistant superintendent for campus services, introduced UTD’s Summer Scholar Program as this month’s instructional focus. Senior high school students sharing their experiences on their participation in the program included Joanna Martin, Plano Senior High School; Rithvik Ramesh, Plano East Senior High School; Rahul Hayaran, Plano East Senior High School; Kaitlynn Li, Plano West Senior High School; Ira Gulati, Plano West Senior High School and Nisha Rajesh, Plano Senior High School. Watch video video

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Kristin Anderson, Director of Development
Kristin Alexander, former marketing and development director for the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council, took the reins as the Plano ISD Education Foundation’s new Director of Development on September 6.

Her first two weeks have been a whirlwind with the opening of the CORE Store for Teachers, North Texas Giving Day, the upcoming CEO breakfast, preparing for this week’s deadline for Grants to Educators and planning for this year’s SKI Plano fundraising event.

Kristin Alexander and Foundation board member Lori Kirk-Rollley
Kristin Alexander (left) and Foundation board member Lori Kirk-Rolley excited about the CORE Store opening.

The communications department caught up with Kristin to ask her these questions about herself, her new position and her vision for the Education Foundation.

You’ve been on the job for just over two weeks. What’s your impression of Plano ISD and the Plano ISD Education Foundation so far?

The stellar reputation of the Plano ISD school district is only surpassed by the awesomeness of the students, teachers, staff and the amazingly supportive community!

Tell us more about yourself, your background and your experience.

I have 20 years’ experience in nonprofit fundraising. From working with AmeriCorps to United Way and American Heart Association, I have raised millions of dollars for some remarkable missions. And there is no more worthy cause than helping students reach their full potential in Plano ISD. I am also a HUGE Seattle Seahawks fan. Yes, I’m still in therapy because of the interception at the goal line during the XLIX Super Bowl.

You have previous experience launching successful campaigns, some on a national level. How will that success translate to your work for the foundation?

Working on national campaigns taught me how to see the big picture and to stay mission-focused. It also taught me to think outside of the box and surround myself with enthusiastic and optimistic people. All of those things will be important as I start this new journey as foundation director.

What do you see as your top priorities for your first year as the foundation’s director?

If you have a story to tell about Plano ISD and the power of the education level we provide, please share it with me (

How did you become a development director? You don’t major in something like that, do you?

I was born a development director from my first Girl Scout Cookie sale. Blame the Girl Scouts.

What do you want the Plano ISD community to know most about the education foundation?

The Plano ISD community and Education Foundation are partners in helping launch the dreams and aspirations of our students. The success of the Education Foundation is only a reflection of the hardworking staff and teachers of Plano ISD!

What would you do (for a career) if you weren’t doing this?

Criminal profiler [insert creepy music here]. I can’t be the only one who has seen “Silence of the Lambs” 73 times!

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