Bright Ideas Grants

The Bright Ideas Grant Program supports innovative and effective classroom education curriculum that cannot be covered by traditional school

financing. Individual teachers can apply for grants from $250 to $750, while teams of teachers are eligible for grants up to $1,500.

Since it’s inception in 1998, more than $328,000 in grants have been awarded, impacting over 124,000 students throughout our service territory.

Teachers in public and private schools, K-12 and home school associations in CAEC’s service area are eligible to participate. Grants are awarded for projects in any discipline and are intended to help teachers within CAEC’s service area produce a better-educated workforce. The grants are designed to help teachers introduce innovative teaching methods.

Grants are awarded annually in a competitive evaluation process and applications are now available and awarded in January.

For more information, call (334) 351-2115 or e-mail

2019-2020 Grant Recipients are:

Autauga County teachers and their teams receiving a 2020 grant are: Emily Gregory, Laura Fennell, Marie Lachance, Rachelle Agin, Cheryl Cook, Rachel Shoupe and Stephanie Rowell of Pine Level Elementary School; Debbie Langham of Prattville Primary School; Carolyn Lee, Tamika Graham and Cindy Huett of Autaugaville School; Leisa Lee of Marbury High School; Ricky Painter, Andrea Hammack and Bryan Easley of East Memorial Christian Academy; Amy Reeves and Cindy Mitchell of Prattville High School; Brenda Stokes and Celeste Provence of Autaugaville School; Mandi Suggs of Prattville Intermediate School; and Natalie Warren of Prattville High School.

Chilton County teachers and their teams receiving a 2020 grant are: Macey Gentry of Jemison Elementary School; Taylor Henderson, Heather Tomatore, Angie Glass and Julie Lawrence of Jemison Intermediate School; Jay LeCroy and Jason Sosa of STEAM Academy at the LeCroy Career Technical Center; Haley D. Lively of Clanton Intermediate School; Rachel Mims of Jemison Elementary School; Leighsa Robinson and Daryl Davis of Thorsby High School; and Angela Tignor of Clanton Intermediate School.

Coosa County teachers receiving a 2020 grant are: Lisa Compher and Leslie Wells of Central Elementary School.

Elmore County teachers and their teams receiving a 2020 grant are: Taryn Brodie, Wetumpka Elementary; Vanessa Brown of Coosada Elementary School; Spring Brunner and James Huckabee of Marbury Middle School; Amy Colquitt and Lori Higgins of Elmore county Technical Center; Tonya Connor, Anita McGowin, Jennifer Davis, Leslie Stephenson, Brenda Wiggins, Brandy Ingram and Sheila Wright of Holtville Elementary School; MaryAnn Forelle of Elmore County Board of Education HIPPY; Stephanie Harrison of Holtville High School; Lindsay Jordan of Elmore County Technical Center; Lana Hebert of Eclectic Middle School; Carolee Lindsey of Holtville High School; Shay Nobles, Kim Deem and Natasha McMillan of Wetumpka Elementary School; Jessica Quinn and Kittie Roberts of Eclectic Elementary School; Lakeisha Ray and John Hilbish of Elmore County High School; Alissabeth Taylor and Sandra Newsom of Adullam House Christian Academy; JaJuan Wilson, Kim Sanders, Melanie Smith, LaWanda Holt and Melanie Cunningham of Eclectic Elementary School.