The Seacoast Educational Endowment for Dover (“SEED”), a nonprofit organization dedicated to lifting academic excellence in Dover schools, recently granted $13,819 in education funding to teachers and administrators in Dover public schools. The grants were spread out across the district.


At Dover High School (“DHS”), science teacher and repeat grant recipient, Amy Poirier, was awarded $1,391 to fund a pilot program and purchase bio medical tools to analyze and explore the causal relationships of genetic diseases. Also at DHS, art teacher Kate Freear was given $4,200 to purchase digital fabrication machines for the students to create tangible products in digital media classes.


At Dover Middle School (“DMS”), teacher Patty Mulqueen received $1,198 to purchase Rubik’s Cubes and curriculum to teach algorithms to eighth grade math students. Guidance counselor Frances Meffen accepted $2,400 for several staff members to complete professional development at the famed King Middle School. Attendees will participate in an innovation think tank session to consider pilot programs and changes in instructional practice at DMS.


At Garrison Elementary School, Becca Cotter was given $260 to purchase math-related VersaTiles for her third-grade classroom. Meanwhile, at Horne Street School, Patty Driscoll was granted $870 to purchase ten Nikon CoolPixA10 digital cameras to support student empowerment, voice, choice and leadership. Fourth grade students will be responsible for making content and image decisions for the school yearbook. Fellow Horne Street School teacher, Courtney Sessler earned $3,500 for her play-based learning proposal to create an environment rich in exploration and discovery for all kindergarten classrooms.


SEED promotes the teaching and learning of 21st century skills by better preparing Dover students for post-secondary education and career challenges. SEED encourages creativity and supports Dover teachers in their implementation of new tools and teaching techniques. To learn more about SEED, please visit