The Ernestine Reid Teacher Innovation Grant Fund

Ernestine ReidThe Ernestine Reid Teacher Innovation Grant Fund provides multiple annual grants to support creative instruction in Orange County Public Schools. The grants are awarded each spring to teachers who have proposed creative lessons that they will implement during the subsequent school year.

The Fund was established by Lou Thompson, a member of the Orange County School Board and an ex-officio member of the Orange County Education Foundation Board, in recognition of Mrs. Reid’s 38 years of service as a fifth-grade teacher at Orange Elementary School. “Your quiet but firm manner in the classroom has inspired hundreds of students to be their very best,” Mr. Thompson stated during the September 27, 2011 meeting of the Orange County School Board. “Most (of your students) have gone on to do so as adults by contributing greatly to the communities and professions they entered while possessing the outstanding character and great sense of accomplishment you instilled.”

“Stories are legion about how you instilled in your students a true and abiding belief that you truly cared about them,” Mr. Thompson added. “Your confidence in them inspired a passion for excellence that went well beyond their formative elementary school years.”

Mrs. Reid graduated in the spring of 1973 from St. Paul’s College in Lawrenceville. She began her teaching career in Orange County Public Schools in the fall of 1973. She retired from Orange County Public Schools in June of 2011. She is married to John Reid and they have two children, Kenya and John, both of whom graduated from Orange County High School and Howard University.

Past Recipients

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Lisa Yager, Orange Elementary School Teacher, received $250 for her Full STEAM Ahead: 3-D Printing project. Pictured left to right: OCEF Board Member Melissa Anderson, Ernestine Reid, Yager and OCEF Board Member John Reid.2016 – Lisa Yager, Orange Elementary School, 3-D Printing

Lisa Yager, Orange Elementary School Teacher, received $250 for her Full STEAM Ahead: 3-D Printing project. Pictured left to right: OCEF Board Member Melissa Anderson, Ernestine Reid, Yager and OCEF Board Member John Reid.

Katrina Stafford2015 – Katrina Stafford, OCHS, Investigating Forensic Science

Ms. Stafford will use her $250 grant to purchase lab materials to conduct a course of study involving forensic lab science. Students will engage in forensic techniques such as toxicology, forensic biology, photography, crime scene investigations and more.

 2014TIG_Patricia-Stokes2014 – Patrice Stokes, UES and Lightfoot Elementary School (LES), Kindergarten to College

Mrs. Stokes will use her $500 grant to purchase materials that will enable students to set life and career goals, and to plan for careers. “This funding will broaden opportunities for our students – oh my we can do so many things,” Mrs. Stokes told Foundation Board members. “The students will complete career surveys. We’ll strengthen community partnerships, build resources to motivate our students, and help them set goals for the future. Now we can even visit a college campus!”


2013TIG - Lesa Brosky2013 – Lesa Brosky, UES and LES, Empty Bowls

Ms. Brosky will use her $500 grant to purchase a ventilation system to make an existing kiln useable. The kiln will allow her students to participate in the Empty Bowls project, a global effort to fight hunger. Students will create pottery bowls, fire them in the kiln, and then serve a simple soup dinner where additional bowls will be available for cash donations. The donations will serve to bring the entire Unionville and Lightfoot communities together for the purpose of feeding the hungry.

“I am so happy,” Brosky told Foundation Board members. “Now we can do so much more with art. My students can do ceramics. I am just overcome with joy. The possibilities seem endless. Thank you.”