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Mesquite Junior High School Teacher Vanessa McGee Talks With Students As They Prepare Their Meal. Photo By Lisa Irish/ AZEdNews

Vanessa McGee, a teacher at Mesquite Junior High School in Gilbert Unified School District, will use the AZEdNews Classroom Grant to buy ingredients and supplies for her 8th grade students enrolled in the Life Skills course for an end-of-quarter Iron Chef initiative.

The first semester of the course is dedicated to culinary arts, and the Iron Chef program “will allow students to think outside of the box, allowing them to use their critical thinking skills and creativity,” McGee said.

The AZEdNews Classroom Grant provides $500 for teachers’ initiatives to enhance classroom learning for their students thanks to a partnership with The Brand Agency, a full-service marketing agency based in Mesa that works with many different school districts and companies across the U.S. doing print, web, and media advertisement. Two grants are awarded each quarter.

AZEdNews video: Vanessa McGee awarded AZEdNews Classroom Grant for Iron Chef-style initiative

Video voiceover and editing by Renée Romo/ AZEdNews

“First, I would like to thank you so much for choosing me and selecting me,” McGee said. “What we’re going to do with this grant is to buy more supplies for my students.”

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Vanessa McGee

“We are extremely happy to be partnering with AZEdNews on these grants and look forward to helping more teachers fund projects for their students,” said Chris Macomber, CEO of The Brand Agency.