Ventura County Teachers Honored for Innovation in the Classroom

  • 5/23/2023 8:00:00 PM

Teachers from throughout Ventura County are being honored with grants for developing innovative lessons for their students. At a ceremony tonight in Camarillo, the Ventura County Office of Education presented 9 IMPACT II grants to 15 teachers. Individual winners received $500 each and teams received $1,000.


The winning entries cover a variety of subject matters, including history, language arts and social sciences. Detailed lesson plans prepared by each of the grant winners will be posted here for use by other teachers in Ventura County and beyond.

he grants are funded by the following local businesses and organizations that wish to promote unique and creative teaching practices:

  • Amgen Foundation
  • Sage Publications and Corwin
  • STS Education


2023 Ventura County IMPACT II Grant Recipients

Award Recipients


Project Title

Mia Rogers

Glen City Elementary

A Day on the Farm

Gloriana DeCandia

Isbell Middle School

¿Quién soy yo?: Defining Identity Nomenclature in Our Community

Jennifer Epley

Isbell Middle School

Loteria: Not Your Abuela’s Mexican Bingo

Holly Johnson

Ventura Charter School

A World of Feelings
Understanding Our Emotions to Help Ourselves and Others Thrive

Tess Potchen, Brittnee Veldman, Danna Lomax

Los Primeros, CSUCI, VUSD Educational Services Center

Covid 19 - Coping and Resiliency

Emily Noel, Hector Rodriguez, Michelle Wilson

Ventura Charter School

Mini Libraries: Access to Books for ALL!

Mona Pinon

Channel Islands High School

Informational Podcast: Discovering your voice

Karen Mercer, Eric Cowen

Oak Grove School

Roxaboxen is. . . Empowering Young Children to Learn and Grow Through Imaginary Play

Maria Geib, Alli Silverman Quiroz

Junipero Serra Elementary School in Ventura

Our Traits Are Great!


More About IMPACT II 
IMPACT II is a curriculum sharing and recognition program for educators in kindergarten through grade 12 in all subject areas. Since 1993, Ventura County educators have received approximately $400,000 in sponsor-funded grants. Additional information about IMPACT II is available here.