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PEF Teacher Grants help inspirational teachers throughout PUSD take their creative projects from idea to reality by providing resources to enhance the classroom experience for their students. The grants, provided directly to the teachers, benefit thousands of students in Altadena, Pasadena, and Sierra Madre.

Grant recipients will be notified before the Thanksgiving holiday break.

Science labs, IPads for mobile journalism, musical instruments, materials for a STOMP-style musical, expanded libraries, mock trials, robotics engineering, are just a few of the diverse and vibrant educational projects that PEF Teacher Grants have recently supported.

In addition to grants directly to teachers, PEF awards School-wide Project Grants, and three special awards. School-wide Project Grants are for larger focused projects and have funded an outdoor classroom for learning water conservation, a new athletic weight room, and resources to build supercomputers to create a virtual reality lab.

With generous support from the College Football Playoff Foundation, Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association, Verizon, and individual community donors PEF is proud to say that we awarded a record number of grants this year.

Teachers & Principals

“Every year I am awed by the creativity and passion that our district’s teachers and principals share in their grant proposals.” Patrick Conyers, PEF Executive Director

PEF GRANTS 2017-18
Special Awards

Jarratt Brunson Memorial Award for Literacy

Tina Renzullo
Pasadena Unified School District
“Festival of Stories Lending Library”

Honoring the late Jarratt Brunson, the PEF founder who initiated the Teacher Grant Program, this award will go to the proposal that best reflects Jarratt’s passion for reading and early literacy.

Kathy Onoye Principal's Award

David Ibarra and Karen Law
Blair High School
“IB Readin- The Blair Library Revitalization Project” 

Honoring Kathy Onoye, who throughout her career as a Principal of Willard Elementary School and most recently as the Executive Director of Elementary Education for the PUSD, has been an outstanding role model and mentor for principals, this award will go to the PUSD Administrator whose proposal best exemplifies their role in inspiring leadership.

Calvin Hunt Arts Award

Micol Issa and Denise Seider
Eliot Arts Magnet
“Bauhaus & Chagall Meetin Alice in Wonderland: Costume Design for Spring Musical” 

Founded by a PUSD Board member in memory of Calvin Hunt who, as Director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, took dancers all over the world as cultural ambassadors. This award promotes and supports dedicated teachers enhancing arts education in PUSD.

School-wide Grants

Benita Scheckel
Altadena Elementary
Mural Beautification

David Ibarra
Blair High School
IB Readin’ – The Blair Library Revitalization Project

Debra Lucas
Cleveland Elementary
Healthy Minds

Lori Touloumian
Eliot Arts Magnet Academy
Eliot Arts Magnet Costume Shop

Merian Stewart
Franklin Elementary
Movement Room

Rita Exposito
Jackson Elementary
Reader’s and Writer’s Dreams

Amin Oria
Jefferson Elementary
Bibliotecas para Clases

Noemi Orduna
Madison Elementary
21st Century Century Learning

Nicole Duquette
McKinley School of the Arts
McKinley Green, Garden & Outdoor Classroom – Phase II

Merle Bugarin
Roosevelt Elementary
Innovative STEM Spaces

Brian Stanley
Rose City High School
Rose City Library Special Collection

Rodolfo Ramirez
San Rafael Elementary
Bringing PE into the 21st Century

Garrett Newsom
Sierra Madre Middle School
Library Expansion for the 21st Century

James Dunlavey
Washington STEAM Magnet Academy Middle School
A Series of Reading Opportunities

Teacher Grants

Academics Dept
Tina Renzullo
Festival of Stories Lending Library

Altadena Elementary
Tia Acosta
Growing a Preschool Garden with Sensory Components

Helena Alves
New Matter 3D Printer & Common Core Standards Plus

Hermalina Brown Bolton
Listening without Interruption

Hanh Le
Supporting a Balanced Literacy Classroom

Regina Major
Altadena Elemetnary

Elizabeth Robinson
Altadena Engaging Centers

Ashley Webb
All Hands On Deck With Math Workshop

Blair High School
Michael Birnbryer
Keyboard Upgrade and Protection

Amanda Engstrom
Ovations 2018

Don Benito
Christine Sandoval
For the Love of Literacy

Eliot Arts Magnet
Rosemarie Evans
Fountain of Fish

Janet Hart

Micol Issa
Bauhaus & Chagall Meet Alice in Wonderland: Costume Design for Spring Musical

Bethel Lira
Say it With Flowers (and Butterflies and Birds and Bees)

Robert Moya
Keep Rockin’

Jason Trapp

Field Elementary
Melanie Deng
Trust the Process~The Writing Process!

Anqi Deng
Launching Reader’s Workshop!

Si Nae Kim
Are you a Music Prodigy?

Xiaofei Lei
Hands-on makes math fun!

Ching Ju (Betty) Tung
Mandarin Reading Workshop

Muchen Yang
Hands-on Science

Yuan Zhao
Readers and Math Workshop in Chinese

Focus Point  
Rebecca Carr
Music Engagement

Franklin Elementary
Jennifer Boynton
Outdoor Music & Exploration Area

John Newell
Science Lab Reboot with Fox Scientists

Rebecca Rico
Listening and Reading Center

Hamilton Elementary
Jana Cole

Kimberly Enriquez
Effective Assessment, Effective Instruction, Awesome Readers!

Jackson Elementary
Ana Acosta
Spanish Literacy and STEM

Veronica Alcantar
Practical Interventions to Promote Excellence in a DLIP 3rd Grade Class

Debbie Ayala
The Multiple Subject Classroom

Olivia Cardenas
Engaging and Inspiring Students through Knex Education

Amanda Haddad
Dual-Language Literacy

Linda Keavy
For the Love of Reading

Linda LeVerne
Math and Writing by Myself

Tina Minkler
Let’s Play Math

Ashley Nava

Whitney Reese
Read to Write…Write to Read!

Yadira Ruarte
Classroom Library

Melissa Ruiz
Spanish Literacy and STEM

Grecia Serrano Navarro
Music Growing Pains

Diana Suarez
Differentiating Learning through Balanced Literacy and STEM Integration

Xiomara Tovar
The Science of Music

Jefferson Elementary
Fran De La Rosa
The Wonder of Reading

Sandra Garcia
Super Spanish Readers

Ann Palmer
Mighty Readers Book Club

John Muir High School
William Abanyie
Mobile  Reportering

Ryan Flores
Graphing Calculator Project

Margaret Gillham
Wild Horses Literary Magazine

Alexandra Gonzales
Documenting Science: Using Video Media to Expand Student Understanding

Janet Ho
World History Video Projects

Cynthia Lake
Cameras for Art Photography

Beverly Rodriguez
Mustang Olympiads

Andrew Silk
Life, Camera, Action

Kimberly Suarez
Science/ Moderate/Severe Special Education

Donna Tucker
Classroom Libraries

Longfellow Elementary
Carol Parker
Good Fit Books

Kaiulani Venable
Let’s Get Cooking with TK

Madison Elementary
Melissa Rodriguez

Debora Zecena-Rubio
We Love Reading!

Marshall Fundamental
Daarina Abdus-Samad
Marshall Tile Mosaic Wall Project – Continued

Nadia Aleman
Enhance reading literary in Spanish in all levels

Joshua DeBets
Welcome to Our Literacy Lounge

Sara Dickerson
6th Grade Art Elective

Michele Doran-Gonzalez
Inspiring the Youth in My Classroom to become Star Readers

Cletus Ganschow
Financial Literacy

Margaret Kanakri
Learning Science through the Five Senses with Special Education Students with Moderate to Severe Needs

Marjorie Keith
Middle School Book Clubs at Marshall

Stan Makiyama
 Physical Education

Yvonne Ramsey
Art Legacy Club

Luis Rendon
Murals for Marshall

Caroline Sandrew
 Microphones for Auditorium Use

Suengmee Seo
Atomic spectrum

Mary Stevens
Between the World and Me

Leslie Stotlar
 Dirty Airy

Fara Valentine
Surgeons are we!/ Obtaining Dissection Materials

Christy Ware
Encouraging Struggling Readers

Lisa Yamanouye
Can You Hear Me Now?

Consuelo Galvez
Speaking Fluency

McKinley School
Roger Gray
Sun & Moon Theatre

John Lira
Content Area Productions via Theater Arts

Lauren Partma
Do You Believe in Magic

Christopher Reagan
K’NEX STEM Library

Norma Coombs
Jaclyn Hemphill
Sensory Motor/Gross Motor Equipment for SDC PreK students

Kyle Kennelly
Literacy with a Library!

Pasadena High School
Roger Baar
Microscale Gas Chemistry Lab

Richard Chung
SPED Math/STEM Tutoring Lab

Todd Dirks
AP Studio Art, and Reg. Arts Classes

Janelle Juarez
Exploratory Calculator Activities

Lee Simoes
Mock Trial Integrated Project

Delia Swanner
Teen Graphic Novels

Roosevelt Elementary
Deborah Kostich
Young Freedom Writers

Bryon Lanagan
Spring Into Health and Fitness

Gilbert Ochoa
Social studies and Science Instruction

Christopher Tolosa
Physics Tools & Equipments that Teach

San Rafael  
Elva De Jarnett
Falling in Love with Science

Priscila Leon
Balanced Literacy, Biliteracy, and Multiculturalism

Sierra Madre Elementary
Julia Cole
Information in the Hands of Many

Carolyn Halpern
More Math Mentor & Technology Texts!

Yolanda Munoz
Aspiring Engineers Thinking Outside The Box

Dany Richey
Robotic Engineers

Lynn Scott
Second Step

Sierra Madre Middle School
Erik Delgadillo
Caterpillar/Ant Farm Project

Amy McLean
Building the Music Program at SMMS

Karyn Messler

Lisabet Nepf
Developing Geographic Literacy

Washington Elementary STEM
Debbie Afsharian
Using Mentor Texts to Empower Student Authors

David Earnhart
Learning to Write

Washington STEAM Middle
Frances Milnes-Werking
Caution: Middle School Reading Zone

Laurel Nelissen
Making Tracking Not a Chore

Linda Ortega
Washington The Odyssey

Christopher Anderson
Washington Middle/McKinley Math Academy

Angela Chavez
Webster STEAM Science MATTERS

Grant projects are:

Student centered.
Related to the curriculum.
Directly benefit students.
Enhance and Improve student achievement.

Grants are generally awarded to teachers in amounts up to $1,000, special awards up to $2,500, and school-wide grants up to $10,000.

Thank you to the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association, College Football Playoff (CFP) Foundation, and the generous support of the community

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Teacher Grants are one of the many ways the Pasadena Educational Foundation helps to create a vibrant and enriching educational experience for all public school children in Pasadena, Altadena, and Sierra Madre.