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 available in September and awarded in January.

For more information, call (334) 351-2125 or e-mail

2018-2019 Grant Recipients are:

Autauga County teachers and their teams receiving a 2019 grant are: Megan Anglin, Pine Level Elementary School; Benjamin Brown, Autaugaville School; Spring Bruner, and Taylor Reed, Marbury Middle School; Anika Chrishon and Anita McGhee, New Hope Academy; Cheryl Cook, Rachelle Agin, Seana Belser, Laura Fennell, Marie Lachance, Chelsea Guerin, Jeff Stockman and Christen Harry of Pine Level Elementary School; Whitney Drumheller, Dr. Amanda Gonzales-Jackson, Christine Prescott and Blythe Smith, Prattville Junior High School; Emily Gregory, Pine Level Elementary; Dr. Janie Jones, Jessica Lucas, Charles Thompson, Rebecca Cole and Melissa Strickland of Prattville Junior High School; Carolyn Lee and Amanda Ennis of  Autaugaville School; Leisa Lee of Marbury High School; Jamie Ramsey of Autauga County Second Chance Program; and Marolyn Robbins, LeAnn Jones, Dawn Wendland, Cheryl Durbin, Emily Little, Michelle Bramblett, Hannah Humphries, Rachel Pigg and Megan Luke of Autauga Academy.

Chilton County teachers and their teams receiving a 2019 grant are: Aimee Dobbs and Allyson Welborn of Clanton Middle School; Donna Harmon of Jemison Elementary School; Pam Harmon of Chilton Christian Academy; Jay LeCroy, Nelda LeCroy and Jason Sosa of STEM Academy at LeCroy Career Technical Center;  Jill Moatts of Clanton Intermediate School; Stacey Pierce, Tammy Price, Nicole Hoffman and Rachel Mims of the Chilton County Gifted Program; and Macey Thompson of Jemison Elementary School.

Elmore County teachers and their teams receiving a 2019 grant are: Jennifer Crain of Tallassee High School; Kimberly Deem of Wetumpka Elementary School; Jeannie Garrett, LaKeisha Ray, John Hilbish and Marlena Snelick of Elmore County High School; Angela Miller, Heather Ernest, Tim Horton, Whitney Patterson and Josh Taylor of Southside Middle School; Misty Trussell of Redland Elementary School; and Wanda Young, Lisa Smith, Kim Crowder and Haley Barnes of Stanhope Elmore High School.