Lanier Math Teachers Receive $20,000 Through 3M Ingenuity Grant for Professional Development

Four Lanier High School teachers received a check this summer for nearly $20,000 that will allow them to further their education to support algebra II, calculus and geometry classes.

Andrea Bowen, Kirsten Cole, David Preston and Nathan Woodward said they applied for the 3M grant because they want to ensure their students are prepared for college math classes.

In addition, Austin ISD’s Career and Technical Education Department has been awarded a $97,450 3M Foundation grant that will go toward equipment to enhance Project Lead the Way, a STEM and pre-engineering program. 

“We are so thankful to 3M for their generous support at Lanier High School and its support of district STEM programming,” said Chief Academic Officer Pauline Dow. “Their contributions will allow us to bring Project Lead the Way pre-engineering programs and equipment to Title I middle and high schools.”

The teachers said they are interested in better ways to teach the subject, specifically focusing on real-world math foundations. The funds will be used for professional development, including sending three of them to attend Project Lead the Way training.

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