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4 Lehigh Valley teachers to improve STEM education

LEHIGH VALLEY, Pa. - The PPL Foundation Empowering Educators program awarded grants to four Lehigh Valley teachers to help them enhance their students' classroom experience.

The $1,000 grant allows each teacher to spark imagination in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) through projects.

The four Lehigh Valley teachers were among 25 educators in Eastern and Central Pennsylvania to receive the awards. 

  • Jessica Mauro - Alburtis Elementary School, Alburtis
    • Grant used for supplies to develop inquiry-based projects that create future problem solvers. 
  • Lori Cirucci - Broughal Middle School, Bethlehem
    • Grant used for supplies to design and build roller coasters, lessons that include STEM.
  • Mark Shellaway - Freemansburg Elementary, Bethlehem
    • Grant used to expand the school's MakerSpace and create an after-school STEM program.
  • Sean Flueso- Parkland High School, Allentown
    • Grant used for an interactive project that teaches students about electrical engineering. 


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