2015 Teacher Grant Recipients Announced @ NCTE Opening Session

New York, NY, November 19, 2015
The Penguin Random House Foundation, home to the Penguin Random House Creative Writing Awards, announced the recipients of its  2015 Teacher Awards for Literacy.  The awards recognize the nation’s most dynamic and resourceful teachers who use their creativity to inspire and successfully instill a love of reading in students.  The winners will be awarded grants to help further their innovative reading programs and disseminate them to other teachers around the country.


The awards are open to full and part-time teachers in public schools across the United States, Melanie Fallon-Houska, Director of Corporate Giving, announced this year’s recipients at the National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention during its opening session, to be in Minneapolis, MN. Also announced, was the addition of the $10,000 Maya Angelou Award for the 2016 grant application year.  Specifically for poetry, the Maya Angelou Award will adhere to the same guidelines and awarded at next year’s NCTE conference in Atlanta, Georgia.


The 2015 awards consist of a $10,000 first-place grant, $5,000 second-place grant, and a $2,500 third-place grant award payable to each teacher’s respective school. In addition, book donations will be made to these winners.  Ten additional runner-ups will each receive $250 grants and books donations.  The 2015 winners are:


Maurna Rome – $10,000 Grant Recipient, Reading Teacher

Evergreen Park World Cultures Community School, Blaine, Oklahoma


Sarah Lamarand – $5,000 Grant Recipient, English Teacher

Hillsborough High School, Tampa, Florida


Christopher Pearce  – $2,500 Grant Recipient, English Teacher

Winton Woods City Schools, Mason, Ohio


As part of her first-place award, Maurna’s conference registration, travel, and lodging expense was included so that she could accept her award at today’s opening session, expected to be attended by more than 1,500 educators from around the country. Maurna will briefly talk to the assembled about the programs and initiatives which earned her the 2015 Penguin Random House Teacher Award.


Penguin Random House is dedicated to nourishing a universal passion for reading as the world’s first truly global trade book publisher. It was formed on July 1, 2013, upon the completion of an agreement between Bertelsmann and Pearson to merge their respective trade publishing companies, Random House and Penguin, with the parent companies owning 53% and 47%, respectively.  Penguin Random House comprises the adult and children’s fiction and nonfiction print and digital trade book publishing businesses of Penguin and Random House in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and India, Penguin’s trade publishing activity in Asia and South Africa; DK Worldwide; and Random House’s companies in Spain, Mexico, Argentina, Uruguay, Colombia, and Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, Paraguay, Venezuela, the Dominican Republic, and Central America, and its Portuguese-language company in Portugal. Penguin Random House employs more than 10,000 people globally across almost 250 editorially and creatively independent imprints and publishing houses that collectively publish more than 15,000 new titles annually.  Its publishing lists include more than 70 Nobel Prize laureates and hundreds of the world’s most widely read authors.




Claire Von Schilling


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