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Six MCCSC Teachers Receive Lilly Creativity Fellowships

Teacher Creativity Fellowship Program


Six MCCSC Teachers Receive Lilly Creativity Fellowships


The Lilly Endowment announced that six MCCSC teachers will receive Creativity Fellowships. These six teachers, out of 100 statewide, spend the school year inspiring their students to inquire, discover and grow. Next summer they have the chance to nurture their own curiosity and development through Lilly Endowment Teacher Creativity Fellowships.


Melinda L. Hamilton - Binford Elementary

“Jumping Down the Rabbit Hole: Restoration through Children’s Literature”— visit birthplaces, homes and settings of stories by famous British authors; reflect on locations through watercolor, poetry and collage

Abigail L. Gray - Bloomington High School South

“Treks, Tapas and Tadasana”— increase Spanish language fluency by living in Barcelona for five weeks; experience culture, family and work life in the city; walk and take yoga classes

Ashley M. McGinnis - Bloomington High School South

“Realizaciones de un Educador: Connection through Spanish Immersion”— study with family at Spanish language school in Guatemala; live with a local family; experience Hispanic and Mayan culture through classes and expeditions

Kathleen K. Mills - Bloomington High School South (Awarded Previously 2011)

“Terra Incognita: Leaving Behind the Black Line of the Pool for Open Water”— improve swim stroke by working with IU swim coach; obtain open water swim coaching in England; participate in open water swim competition in England’s Lake District; hike in the District inspired by walks the Romantic poets and writers enjoyed

Matthew L. Stanley - Jackson Creek Middle School

“Mindfulness and Mountains Multiplied”— enroll in formal training in Mindfulness Meditation designed for educators; spend six weeks in national parks developing personal practices

Mary A. D’Eliso - University Elementary

“Curation Makes Meaning: Unusual Museums Tell Story of London”— explore 30 of London’s specialized museums, including fashion and textile, banking, transportation, Household Cavalry and many more


Launched in 1987, the Endowment’s Teacher Creativity Fellowship Program has been giving teachers, principals, assistant principals, guidance counselors and school media specialists and librarians the financial support and encouragement to renew their commitment to the education profession.

Each fellow will receive a $12,000 grant to support a project of personally and professionally fulfilling activities. These educators work in a variety of Indiana schools – traditional public schools, charter schools and private schools (both religiously affiliated and independent). Their schools are in urban communities, small towns, rural areas, mid-sized cities and suburban communities. Find a complete list of the 2019 fellows here.

Many of the educators will use their fellowships to travel – across the United States and throughout the world – and to tap into interests as varied as filmmaking, mountain climbing and open-water swimming to photography, language immersion and environmental conservation. They plan to explore national parks in the U.S; bicycle through Canada; immerse themselves in diverse cultures across Asia and Latin America; and research their family trees.

“These dedicated teachers, principals, counselors and media specialists have designed inspirational projects that promise to strengthen them personally and professionally,” said Sara B. Cobb, the Endowment’s vice president for education. “For more than 30 years now we at the Endowment have learned how important it is for educators to have the time to create and explore. They have shared with us that they return to their schools with a greater commitment to their students and to the vocation of education.”

Including the 2019 class, more than 2,900 Indiana educators have received grants since the Teacher Creativity Fellowship Program began in 1987. The Endowment selected the 2019 fellows from a competitive pool of nearly 500 applicants. In addition to grants that support the renewal of educators, the Endowment funds programs that offer renewal grants to people working in the human service sector and in the arts in central Indiana and clergy who pastor churches in Indiana and across the nation.


About Lilly Endowment Inc.

Lilly Endowment Inc. is a private philanthropic foundation created in 1937 by three members of the Lilly family — J.K. Lilly Sr. and sons Eli and J.K. Jr. — through gifts of stock in their pharmaceutical business, Eli Lilly and Company. While those gifts remain the financial bedrock of the Endowment, the Endowment is a separate entity from the company, with a distinct governing board, staff and location. In keeping with the founders’ wishes, the Endowment supports the causes of community development, education and religion and maintains a special commitment to its hometown, Indianapolis, and home state, Indiana.


About the Monroe County Community School Corporation:

The Monroe County Community School Corporation (MCCSC) is an Indiana Department of Education “A” Corporation. MCCSC serves nearly 11,000 students from diverse populations in 23 schools. MCCSC is a leader in STEM and EARTH curricula, encompasses a Performing Arts Academy, International Baccalaureate schools, Dual Immersion programs, multiple Career Pathways, a Career Center, as well as numerous College Credit opportunities to prepare students towards college and career readiness. Our commitment, as we educate tomorrow’s leaders, is to Engage, Empower, and Educate all students in a world-class learning environment empowering them to maximize their educational success in becoming productive, responsible global citizens.


Posted 01/11/2018