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#1 Michaelangelica

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Posted 07 July 2009 - 06:07 PM

In pursuit of learning
Horan, 55, is no novice. He’s the music teacher at Kekionga Middle School, which is known for its steel-drum band, and just returned from a nearly two-week trip to Trinidad to learn the history of steel-pan drums and meet the people who make the instrument.

This has all been courtesy of the Lilly Endowment, which awarded Horan an $8,000 Teacher Creativity Fellowship.

He and 128 other Indiana educators received the money to allow them to pursue subjects that interest them and take a rejuvenating trip to ultimately make them better teachers.

Nine Hoosier educators received up to $25,000 for the ideas they proposed, and the remaining 120 received up to $8,000.

Fifteen of the $8,000 winners and one $25,000 winner are from schools in northeast Indiana.

“We never cease to be delighted at the response to this popular program,” said Sara B. Cobb, Endowment vice president for education, in a written statement.

“Among other things, good teaching also requires a high degree of energy and motivation. We regularly hear that these renewal experiences have helped hard-working Indiana educators regain their enthusiasm for their profession.”

Lilly Endowment is a private philanthropic organization based in Indianapolis and founded in 1937.

Lilly’s fellowships will allow northeast Indiana teachers to travel everywhere from Virginia to Canada to Oregon to Tibet to Italy among other activities this summer.

In pursuit of learning | The Journal Gazette, Fort Wayne, Ind.

Is this only in Indiana?
The sort of programe that should be everywhere, in every country.