As part of Marathon Oil’s investment in building stronger communities through education, our “Unconventional Thinking in Teaching” program awards grants to innovative teachers in the areas where we operate. After receiving more than 80 applications, we traveled throughout our operating areas to surprise 30 outstanding educators with a $2,500 grant.
At Marathon Oil, unconventional thinking means looking for new ways to solve problems and deliver results. Through this grant program, Marathon Oil supports teachers who are bringing this same unconventional thinking to the classroom. We hope to increase teacher retention by supporting the people responsible for developing our next generation of leaders, or unconventional thinkers.
Teachers in Marathon Oil’s operating areas applied or were nominated by members of their community. Entries were judged blindly by a panel of Marathon Oil employees based on the applicant’s or nominee’s demonstration of unconventional thinking, alignment with Marathon Oil’s values – to collaborate, take ownership, be bold, and deliver results – and commitment to ensuring inclusive and equitable education for all students.
Each winner received a $2,500 grant from Marathon Oil to support the purchase of classroom resources, such as books, activity and lab materials, technology, or personal professional development, allowing them to not only impact their current students, but all students who they will teach in their classrooms throughout their careers.
Dive deeper to learn more about each of our winners and their innovative ideas.