Inspiration Software Honors 25 Educators With Scholarships for Best Projects Using Visual Learning

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Texas Teacher Kathie Thuillez Earns "Best Overall Visual Learning Project" Award

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We are proud to celebrate our anniversary by honoring these 25 incredible educators who recognize the power of visual learning and use it in innovative ways with their students.

Inspiration Software® today announced the 25 talented educators who will receive the 2007-2008 Inspired Teacher Scholarships for Visual Learning. The scholarships recognize educators' "Best Projects" using Inspiration Software's visual learning software tools. The top honor for "Best Overall Visual Learning Project" scholarship award goes to Kathie Thuillez, a sixth grade social studies teacher at Fort Settlement Middle School in Sugar Land, Texas.

All 25 recipients will receive $1,000 to support professional development or new technology for their classrooms in recognition of their creative use of visual learning to help their students think and learn. In addition, Thuillez will receive a bonus of $500 for classroom technology and a $500 personal award for her exceptionally innovative and creative use of Inspiration®.

"We launched this expanded version of our annual scholarship program in commemoration of Inspiration Software's 25th anniversary," said Mona Westhaver, president and co-founder. "We are proud to celebrate our anniversary by honoring these 25 incredible educators who recognize the power of visual learning and use it in innovative ways with their students."

Faced with the challenge of teaching sixth-graders the ins and outs of economics, Thuillez used Inspiration for the unit's culminating project. Her students created diagrams to demonstrate their learning and summarize major economic factors of production, types of industries and economies. Taking advantage of Inspiration's hyperlinking capabilities, the students' webs linked to information about events affecting current economic conditions as well as definitions and examples of terms.
With visual learning, Thuillez's students were able to delve deeply into understanding the complexities of economics, using their projects as study guides for the unit test.

The 24 other talented teachers who received Inspired Teacher Scholarships follow:

  • Heidi Bradford, Horace Mann Elementary, Ottumwa, Iowa
  • Cathy Bullington, Bedford Middle School, Bedford, Ind.
  • Dawn Capobianco, Robinson School, Westford, Mass.
  • Lisa Caswell, Perrysburg Junior High School, Perrysburg, Ohio
  • Susan Cherup, Hope College, Holland, Mich.
  • Robyn Chrast, Sandburg Middle School, Golden Valley, Minn.
  • Richard Comeau, William Diamond Middle School, Lexington, Mass.
  • Amy Conlin, Tamarac Elementary School, Tamarac, Fla.
  • Amy Goodrich, Woodland Elementary School, Brooklyn Park, Minn.
  • Dennis Grice, St. John's Lutheran School, Orange, Calif.
  • Craig Hyatt, East Valley Central Middle School, Moxee, Wash.
  • Nedra Isenberg, Holland Patent Elementary School, Holland Patent, N.Y.
  • Jennifer Kelly, Central Elementary School, Calhoun, La.
  • Erin Kimbro, Calvert High School, Prince Frederick, Md.
  • Donna Klayder, Alliance High School, Alliance, Ohio
  • Joy Lee, South Cluster 2, Republic of Singapore
  • Melinda Leitner, Henrico County Public Schools, Glen Allen, Va.
  • Mijana Lockard, Lincoln Avenue Academy, Lakeland, Fla.
  • Maryanne Porter, Academy Park High School, Sharon Hill, Pa.
  • Margaret Rothblatt, Woods Road Elementary School, Hillsborough, N.J.
  • Caron Sharp, O. Henry Middle School, Austin, Texas
  • Kenneth Shelton, Walter Reed Middle School, Studio City, Calif.
  • Diane Stolz, Colwich Elementary School, Colwich, Kan.
  • Susan Yerino, Woodvale Elementary School, Lafayette, La.

Excerpts from the 25 scholarship recipients' application essays will be featured in the Inspired Learning Community, Inspiration Software's online community for educators who want to inspire their students to excel with visual thinking and learning.

For information about future scholarships and other opportunities from Inspiration Software, visit

About Inspiration Software, Inc.
Recognized as the leader in visual thinking and learning, Inspiration Software, Inc.'s award-winning software tools, Inspiration®, Kidspiration and InspireData™, are based on proven visual learning methodologies that help students think, learn and achieve. With the powerful combination of visual learning and technology, students in grades K-12 learn to clarify thoughts, organize and analyze information, integrate new knowledge and think critically. Founded 25 years ago by Donald Helfgott and Mona Westhaver, the company's visual learning software tools are used today by more than 25 million students and teachers worldwide.


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