School Teacher Receives Grant from WGU Missouri

This week Christina Caraballo, an English Language Learning (ELL) middle school teacher at Kansas City Girls Preparatory Academy (KCGPA), has received a $1,420 grant through WGU Missouri’s “Fund My Classroom” initiative. The grant will be used to purchase a variety of materials for the school’s newcomer program, supporting recently immigrated middle school students with ELL and SLIFE (Students with Limited or Interrupted Formal Education) needs. Caraballo learned she was selected to receive the grant in May.

KCGPA currently has multiple students whose background shows little exposure to formal education, and even less exposure to English, so the ELL team at KCGPA is creating a newcomer program for recently immigrated middle school students in grades 5-8 with ELL and SLIFE needs. The newcomer program curriculum ranges from teaching early literacy and phonetic skills to support students with no previous formal schooling to teaching intermediate English literacy skills to students integrating into grade level classes. With the grant received from WGU Missouri, Caraballo and her team will be able to obtain a variety of dictionaries, grammar books, reading books, interactive iBooks/eBooks, student workbooks and teaching materials for the newcomer program. These highly visual materials will help both literate and pre-literate students adapt to their new daily lives at school, at home and in the community, and will open new opportunities for students, helping them to build relationships with their peers and thrive in their new environment. The resources will also be a huge support to the students who do not have access to learning materials or exposure to English outside of school hours.

The innovative program is one of 50 across Missouri chosen by WGU Missouri to receive funding. The nonprofit, fully online university issued a call in March for K-12 teachers across the state to nominate proposed classroom projects by April 17 for the opportunity to receive full or partial funding through its “Fund My Classroom” initiative. Caraballo’s proposal is one of almost 200 nominations received statewide. Most grants were awarded during Teacher Appreciation Week, which ran from May 2-6.

“We received nominations for some amazing classroom projects, and we are happy to bring so many to life through this year’s ‘Fund My Classroom’ initiative,” said Dr. Terrance Hopson, Regional Vice President of WGU Missouri. “When it comes to expanding classroom curriculum and employing innovative techniques to engage and challenge students, teachers are often limited by costs. This initiative is an opportunity for WGU to give back to teachers, who go above and beyond to educate our students, by providing them with funding they can use to further enhance learning both in and out of the classroom.”

To learn more about the “Fund My Classroom” initiative and the work WGU Missouri is doing to help teachers advance their careers, visit

AWGU Missouri is a competency-based, online university created to expand access to higher education for Missouri residents. The university offers more than 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the fields of business, K-12 teacher education, information technology, and health professions, including nursing. WGU Missouri faculty members serve as mentors, working one-on-one with students, offering guidance, support, and individualized instruction.

Established in 2013 through a partnership with nationally recognized Western Governors University, WGU Missouri is open to all qualified Missouri residents. The university is nonprofit and self-sustaining on flat-rate tuition of about $7,600 per year for most programs.

Degrees are granted under the accreditation of Western Governors University, which is accredited through the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). Nursing College programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE*), and the Health Informatics program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

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Source Kansas City Girls Preparatory Academy