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Inspiration Software Recognizes 30 Educators From Around the World With 2007 Inspired Teacher Scholarships for Visual Learning.

Educators Receive Awards to Support Using Visual Learning Across the Curriculum and Build Student Critical Thinking Skills

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Inspiration Software([R]) today announced the 30 educators from around the world who will receive 2007 Inspired Teacher Scholarships for Visual Learning. In its ninth consecutive year, the scholarship program supports technology purchases and professional development activities for educators who champion the integration of visual learning and technology into the curriculum. Scholarship recipients use the $750 scholarships for classroom technology purchases and a wide range of professional development activities, including attendance at a conference, training event or professional education course where visual learning is a key topic.

This year's successful applicants included technology coordinators; special education facilitators; college and university faculty members; and elementary, middle and high school teachers. Mirroring the worldwide growth of the use of visual learning instructional strategies, scholarship recipients were chosen from throughout the United States as well as from Estonia, the Philippines, Lebanon, Mexico, the United Kingdom and New Zealand. In addition to the Inspired Teacher Scholarships for Visual Learning awards, 2007 recipients were honored in Best Projects and Rookie Award categories.

"As we reviewed this year's Inspired Teacher Scholarships for Visual Learning applications, we were amazed at the many innovative ways that teachers around the world are using the power of visual learning to help students build the thinking skills necessary to achieve at the highest levels and become successful, contributing members of our 21st century society," said Mona Westhaver, president and co-founder, Inspiration Software. "We are proud to honor these outstanding educators and know they will use the benefits of their scholarships to inspire other educators to use visual learning instructional strategies in their classrooms."

For the first year, three educators were awarded scholarships for "Best Projects." Teachers who win the Best Project awards can use the $750 to purchase hardware or software for their classrooms or schools.

John Minelli, Hartford Memorial Middle School, White River Junction, Vt., was honored for the Best Project using Inspiration([R]), the essential tool for students in grades 6 to adult to visualize, think, organize and learn. Under Minelli's leadership as technology specialist, sixth graders used Inspiration to plan and develop a presentation to help rising fifth graders make the transition to middle school.

Judy Ezra, St. Andrew's Priory School, Honolulu, Hawaii, was recognized for the Best Project using Kidspiration([R]), visual learning software for K-5 learners. Her third grade students used Kidspiration to brainstorm and plan the school's first podcast about ancient Egyptians, a recent unit of study.

Will Bohrnsen, Groves Academy, St. Louis Park, Minn., earned a scholarship for the Best Project using InspireData([TM]), the new tool to visualize, investigate and understand data. High school juniors and seniors in Bohrnsen's project-based science classes used InspireData to analyze data gathered from collected samples of water and invertebrate life from several Minnesotan lakes and streams.

This year 22 individuals received Inspired Teacher Scholarships for Visual Learning, honoring them for championing the use of visual learning and technology to support instruction. The 2007 scholarship recipients and short descriptions of the innovative ways they use visual learning to enhance teaching and learning follow:

* Robin Bartoletti, Northeastern State University, Broken Arrow, Okla.

* Jennifer Blair, West Memorial Junior High in Katy, Texas

* Jane Bratton, Ringgold Elementary School, Clarksville, Tenn.

* Jennifer Creason, Lewis Elementary School, Excelsior Springs, Mo.

* Mark Ellis, Newent Community School, Newent, United Kingdom

* Soraya Faculo, Cordillera Regional Science High School, La Trinidad, Benguet, Philippines

* Grant Gerald, Franklinton High School, Franklinton, La.

* Lina Halabi, American Community School at Beirut, Lebanon

* Virginia Irvin, Joe Walker Middle School, Lancaster, Calif.

* Katie Knapp, Windsor Oaks Elementary School, Virginia Beach, Va.

* Lisa Kosin, Westmont Junior High in Westmont, Ill.

* Ingrid Maadvere, Lasnamae Kindergarten Elementary School, Tallinn, Estonia

* Michelle Moore, Park International Baccalaureate Magnet School, Hot Springs, Ark.

* Jock Murley, Otago Girls High School, Dunedin, New Zealand

* Kay Panamarenko, Academy @ Hays Trail, Buda, Texas

* Rebecca Riberich, McMurray Elementary School, McMurray, Pa.

* Gina Roughton, Cambridgeport School, Cambridge, Mass.

* Andrea Salerno, Holy Rosary Catholic School, Rosenberg, Texas

* Aldo Anzures Tapia, Cuicuilco Primary School, Mexico City, Mexico

* Jean Van Vliet, St. Thomas the Apostle School, Bloomfield, N.J.

* Eileen Watson, Rosarian Academy, West Palm Beach, Fla.

* David Williams, Burford School, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom

For the third year, the scholarship program also recognized five educators who are new to visual learning, and demonstrate a desire and capacity to learn and apply visual learning techniques in their classrooms, with Inspired Teacher Scholarship Rookie Awards. The 2007 Inspired Teacher Scholarship Rookie Award recipients are:

* Paulina Lecanda Alvarez, Escuela Primaria, Mexico City, Mexico

* Michele Futch, Blountstown Middle School, Blountstown, Fla.

* Joe Green, Pope High School, Marietta, Ga.

* Telannia Norfar, ASTEC Charter High School, Oklahoma City, Okla.

* Brian Stamford, Gateway School District, Monroeville, Pa.

Educators from K-12 schools, colleges and universities are eligible to apply for the Inspired Teacher Scholarships for Visual Learning. A minimum of one year of service is required, and applicants must demonstrate that they have direct contact with students. Inspiration Software has awarded scholarships to more than 180 educators over the past nine years.

The 2008 Inspired Teacher Scholarships for Visual Learning program will be announced in July, and applications will be available in September. For more information, visit Inspiration Software's Web site at www.inspiration.com.

About Inspiration Software, Inc.

Recognized as the leader in visual thinking and learning, Inspiration Software, Inc.'s award-winning software tools, Inspiration, Kidspiration and InspireData, are based on proven visual learning methodologies that help students think, learn and achieve. With the powerful combination of visual learning and technology, students in grades K-12 learn to clarify thoughts, organize and analyze information, integrate new knowledge and think critically. Founded 25 years ago by Donald Helfgott and Mona Westhaver, today the company's visual learning software tools are used by more than 25 million students and teachers worldwide.

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