Education Foundation Awards Teacher Grants

Four educators on two Kilgore ISD campuses have recently received educational enhancement grants from the KISD Education Foundation to further their innovative educational goals.  The grants totaled $45,000.

Marissa Coop and Dustin Swaim both teach innovative courses at Kilgore Middle School that help students apply learning to real-world applications.  Coop’s classroom was awarded a $5,000 grant to help her students explore careers in the forensic science fields.  Swaim and his students were awarded a $5,000 grant to help construct an outdoor education learning lab. 

KISD Instructional Technology Coordinator, Mr. Carl Mohn, received a $25,000 grant to help towards the addition of digital learning breakout rooms in the Kilgore High School library, and KHS Principal April Cox was awarded a $10,000 grant to add flexible learning space furniture and furnishings to create additional collaborative learning spaces.  By continuing to develop the KHS library as a media and academic student center, Ms. Cox explained that the project will give learners, “…flexibility and innovation in their learning environment and help them develop skills they need to further their learning journey.”

The Kilgore ISD Education Foundation’s mission is to endow and enhance the educational experience of KISD students by providing financial support for district-wide programs and activities.  The Foundation was founded in 2009 and is comprised of many Kilgore community supporters who invest their time and effort to enhance the educational excellence of our KISD schools and students.  To learn more about the KISD Education Foundation or to donate to the Foundations mission, please visit