$22,000 in classroom grants awarded through 2016 OCEF Pyramid Awards

More than $22,000 will go to Oldham County Schools classrooms through the 2016 Pyramid Awards, announced today by the Oldham County Educational Foundation. The Pyramid Awards fund innovative classroom instruction and are awarded based on teacher proposals. Eleven of the district’s 16 schools are represented in this year’s Pyramid Awards.

The annual Pyramid Awards are a cornerstone of OCEF. Through these awards, the Foundation has awarded more than $278,000 to more than 450 teachers since 1990.

Recipients receive up to $1,000 to implement their proposal. They are recognized at special receptions in December and January, including being presented with a engraved pyramid award.

2016 Recipients:

  • Jennifer Dolan, Buckner Elementary, “Full STEAM Ahead: Creating a Makerspace in the Library Media Center”
  • Angelica Fotos, Buckner Elementary, "If you choose them, you will read them!"
  • Rebecca Broughton, Centerfield Elementary, “Read all about it!”
  • Deborah Sloan, Centerfield Elementary, “Help Blow Us Over”
  • Danielle Doelling, Crestwood Elementary, "’WeDo’ Robotics”
  • Ashley Cissell, Goshen Elementary, “Bringing Science to Life through Leveled Texts”
  • Jaclyn Harbin, Goshen Elementary, “Brains in Motion: Designing 3D Printed Equipment to Increase Heart Rates and Learning”
  • Cindy Smith, Goshen Elementary, “Maker, Tinker, Libraries and Literacies”
  • Julia Yanke, Goshen Elementary, “Say Goodbye to Summer Slide”
  • Jennifer Whitley, Harmony Elementary, “Exercise in the Classroom”
  • Cara Caudill, La Grange Elementary, “Sub-texting for Success”
  • Jane McKinley, La Grange Elementary, “Inquiring Minds Want to Know…”
  • Winn Wheeler, La Grange Elementary, “Engaging Critical Thinking Through Evidence Collection, Inquiry Discussion, and Close Reading”
  • Karrie Diffenderfer, Locust Grove Elementary, “A Community of Listeners”
  • Keely Green, North Oldham Middle, “Stand Up and Learn!”
  • Melissa Arabadjief, Oldham County Middle, “Sending Minds into Motion with GoPro”
  • Jessica Erickson, Oldham County Middle, “Students with Disabilities Compute!”
  • Jennifer Hallas, Oldham County Middle, “Meeting the Attention and Sensory Needs of Exceptional Students”
  • Beth Weber, Oldham County Middle School, “What's in a Word?”
  • Peter H. Williams, North Oldham High School, “Collected Rain Irrigation System”
  • Jill Griebe, Oldham County High School, “Practice That Feels Like Play for Math & English”
  • Jennifer Holvey, Oldham County High School, “Interactive Intervention”
  • Judy Culver, South Oldham High School, "Read All About It!"

 This group of outstanding educators represents the diversity of Oldham County Schools and will provide resources for students across all levels. This year, a Pyramid Award will go to a student-designed project for the first time — and it supports another teacher’s Pyramid Award project from last year. In addition, applicants represent assistant principals, guidance counselors, Reading Recovery and literacy coaches, library media specialists, resource teachers, related arts teachers and classroom teachers from all grades.


Established in 1989, the Oldham County Educational Foundation raises funds to elevate the public education experience for Oldham County Schools students. As a nonprofit, OCEF does that through the support of individuals, businesses, charitable and civic organizations. If an individual, company or organization would like to support the Pyramid Awards, OCEF welcomes your donation. Contribute online or call 502-241-3500.



OCEF announces historical year

clayheadshotIt was an exciting year for the Oldham County Educational Foundation — with a renewed focus on fundraising efforts, we greatly increased the amount of support we were able to provide to Oldham County Schools. 

Our board of directors also dedicated countless hours to updating our strategic plan, including revising our vision and mission. 

Our mission is to raise funds to elevate the public education experience for Oldham County Schools students. As a nonprofit, we do this through the support of individuals, businesses, charitable and civic organizations.

Simply put, OCEF exists to elevate the educational experience in Oldham County Schools. 

And we tasked ourselves with a goal: increase our revenues to $500,000 a year by 2020.

During 2014-15, our focus remained on five key initiatives: our Pyramid Awards for innovative classroom instruction, the OCS Arts Center, gifted and talented education services, literacy intervention and initiatives, and STEM programs (science, technology, engineering and math). You can read more about several of those initiatives on the next page.

OCEF also sponsored a student showcase for OCS Arts Center performers and hosted our annual Drive a Ford fundraiser — with the largest attendance yet!

Students also had opportunities to participate in the Yew Dell Botanical Gardens sculpture show and Project Graduation thanks to funding from OCEF.

We are excited about the year ahead because we know OCEF can accomplish great things — but only with your help. Please consider volunteering with one of our committees or making a donation today. Help us elevate the educational experience in OCS! 

Click here for our annual report!Click here for our annual report!

— Clay Jones, President, OCEF


Shakespear and Star Wars?

South Oldham High School teacher Adam Watson connects Star Wars and learning.  His innovative idea earned him a Pyramid Award in 2014.  His work has been published on the website "Star Wars In the Classroom".