Comal ISD teachers awarded more than $56,000 in grant funding through Comal Education Foundation

Teacher Michael Herrera at Pieper High School was surprised when he was awarded a Comal Education Foundation grant of $7,500 for the zSpace program. Pictured from left are: Sarah Permenter, Comal Education Foundation’s district liaison; Herrera; PHS Principal Jaime Alvarez-Calderon; and Chlesea Ormond, Comal Education Foundation’s executive director. (Courtesy Comal ISD)
Teacher Michael Herrera at Pieper High School was surprised when he was awarded a Comal Education Foundation grant of $7,500 for the zSpace program. Pictured from left are: Sarah Permenter, Comal Education Foundation’s district liaison; Herrera; PHS Principal Jaime Alvarez-Calderon; and Chlesea Ormond, Comal Education Foundation’s executive director. (Courtesy Comal ISD)

Teacher Michael Herrera at Pieper High School was surprised when he was awarded a Comal Education Foundation grant of $7,500 for the zSpace program. Pictured from left are: Sarah Permenter, Comal Education Foundation’s district liaison; Herrera; PHS Principal Jaime Alvarez-Calderon; and Chlesea Ormond, Comal Education Foundation’s executive director. (Courtesy Comal ISD)

In December the Comal Education Foundation awarded 18 Comal ISD teachers with grants totaling more than $56,000 to help implement projects, purchase equipment and more.

The grants were awarded through the foundation’s Fall Prize Patrol, and funding will benefit art, music, reading, science and technology initiatives at 12 campuses across the district, according to a CISD press release.


A digital art program at Canyon High School, an on-campus library at the Comal Discipline Center and an advanced 3D virtual reality learning experience at Pieper High School are among the projects that were awarded grant funding.

Additionally, 50 first-year teachers were awarded $250 each to help build their classrooms.

Since its creation in 2001, the foundation has awarded more than $1 million in grants, according to the release, and applications for spring grants are now being accepted through Feb. 11. Any CISD employee is welcome to apply.
By Lauren Canterberry

Reporter, New Braunfels

Lauren joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in October 2019. After graduating with a degree in journalism from the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia, Lauren was a freelance journalist and worked as a college English teacher in China. At CI, Lauren covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in New Braunfels.