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Local teacher receives university grant

By: Jessica Meszaros


Andrea Jandt, an eighth-grade social studies teacher at Bryan Middle in the Francis Howell School District, received a $300 grant from WGU Missouri. The funds will be used to purchase tripods and green screens for Jandt’s classroom. WGU Missouri is part of the countrywide Western Governors University network.

According to Jandt, the equipment will allow students to create movie trailers, infomercials, newscasts, game shows, documentaries, election-style debates and more as part of the curriculum. The goal is to offer more real-world based opportunities in the classroom.

Bryan Middle is one of 15 schools across Missouri chosen by WGU Missouri to receive funding for innovative classroom projects. In spring 2019, the nonprofit university issued a call for K-12 teachers across the state to nominate proposed classroom projects to receive full or partial funding through its inaugural “Fund My Classroom” initiative. Jandt’s proposal was one of more than 200 nominations received statewide. All grants were awarded during Teacher Appreciation Week in May.

“We received many innovative and unique ideas from teachers specifying how they plan to improve their classrooms, and we’re so pleased we can help bring several of them to fruition,” Dr. Angie Besendorfer, Chancellor of WGU Missouri, said. “This inaugural initiative is an opportunity for WGU Missouri to celebrate teachers and thank them for the lasting, positive impact they have on their students.”

WGU Missouri is an online university created to expand access to higher education for Missouri residents.

Established through a partnership with Western Governors University, the nonprofit WGU Missouri is open to all qualified Missouri residents.

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