JWPMS Teacher Receives 2014 MAC Grant

Posted on January 8, 2015, in Academics


James W. Parker Middle School mathematics teacher Brooke Irwin was one of thirteen 2014 MAC Grant Winners in the Erie Region.

Irwin received $500 to purchase additional CBR 2 motion sensors for the classroom, which will help students physically demonstrate mathematical functions using a graphing calculator.

“The activities that we do with the motion sensors in the classroom are very successful, so I wanted to purchase more so students can have additional one-on-one hands on time with them,” says Irwin, who received this award previously. “The more personal experience that a student can get, the better — especially for a kinesthetic learner.”

The MAC grants help area middle school teachers Make Activities Count for their students by providing financial support to fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth grade teachers for interesting and educational projects. This is the 20th consecutive year that local McDonald’s restaurants have offered MAC Grants.

“The MAC Grants program demonstrates McDonald’s commitment to excellence in education and active support in the community,” explained Rick Rehak, McDonald’s Regional Marketing Director. “MAC Grants allow teachers to revitalize their classes with fresh and innovative teaching methods.”

Brittany Chase, the Director of Marketing for T. Meyers Enterprises, Inc. and EIJ Restaurants, Inc. at McDonald’s, presented the check to Irwin on Thursday morning.

For a complete listing of local winners, please visit the attached list.