Jean Graham Fund Grants

The Jean Graham Fund is established to provide funding for transformative summer learning opportunities for teachers in the Skaneateles Central School District. This permanently endowed fund has been established through gifts made in loving memory of Jean Graham, a retired teacher and founding director of the Skaneateles Education Foundation. Each year, this fund generates resources that allow one grant recipient to pursue an inspiring learning experience related to classroom enrichment and global studies. This prestigious award provides opportunities for personal growth in the pursuit of lifelong learning.

Jean Graham Fund Grants


Through generous support from over 400 households, foundations and businesses in the Skaneateles community, the following grants have been provided by the Jean Graham Fund. For more information on an individual grant, please click on the grant title.

Matthew Slauson: History of Tech. & Eng. Through the Musical Instrument Manufacturing in the UK & France (2018)
Amount funded: $3,898.00
March 2018
Grant Recipient - Matthew Slauson // Travel to UK and France, work with and learn flute making, visit museums and tour Selmer instrument manufacturing faciltiy in Paris

Donna Dennihy: Integrazione Scolastica (school integration): The Study of Italy’s Inclusive Practices (2018)
Amount funded: $0
March 2018
Grant Recipient - Donna Dennihy // Study the Italian inclusive education system

Corey Riley: NYC Pro Tools Professional Certification Training, Job Shadowing and the Jazz Scene (2017)
Amount funded: $6,500.00
March 2017
Grant Recipient - Corey Riley // Boost teaching skills for Pro Tools 101, professional development with Broadway Audio Engineers, enhance jazz curriculum and teaching approaches for MS and HS jazz bands

Lori Usifer: Portugal and the Age of Discovery (2017)
Amount funded: $4,240.00
March 2017
Grant Recipient - Lori Usifer // Travel to Portugal for 10 days in July 2017 to study Portugal's pioneering role in the Age of Discovery

Brian Sevey: World Scientific Congress of Golf (2016)
Amount funded: $4,500.00
March 2016
Grant Recipient -Brian Sevey // Each year the SEF awards one teacher with the Jean Graham Fund Award, an endowed fellowship for an educator who demonstrates outstanding dedication to achieving excellence in their classroom. The 2016 recipient was Brian Sevey, a math teacher at Skaneateles High School. His fellowship award funded participating in the World Scientific Congress of Golf, where Brian developed an innovative real-world math curriculum that will benefit SHS students for years to come.

Sandi Taylor: Volunteer Teaching in India (2015)
Amount funded: $2,953.67
March 2014
Grant Recipient - Sandi Taylor // Transformative summer travel experience volunteer teaching English in India.

Betsy Smith: Searching for Sal: My Weeklong Adventure on the Erie Canal (2013)
Amount funded: $2,812.57
March 2013
Grant Recipient - Betsy Smith // a State Street teacher, spent one week living on a boat and navigating the Erie Canal. In the state of New York, 4th grade is the year the students learn about New York state history. Betsy has always been intrigued with the canal and was able to get a personal experience of traveling the canal, going through the locks and visiting the canal museums and towns along the way. She has videotaped her adventure and created a custom Erie Canal unit for all 4th grade students to experience.

Rick Garrett: Environmental Studies (2012)
Amount funded: $3,000.00
March 2012
Grant Recipient - Rick Garrett // Professional development opportunities provide teachers with increased knowledge of areas of study, which translates into new opportunities for students in the classroom. This grant provides funding to attend the College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, Maine to spend two weeks studying animal behavior, field ecology and natural history.