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Every spring our community of supporters gathers together to celebrate our schools, hear inspirational speakers, and honor our champions of public education. Our Celebrating Our Schools spring event supports the work of the Pasadena Educational Foundation to support the priorities and forward-thinking initiatives of our school district, and helps PEF provide award-winning art programs, summer school, and cutting-edge classroom technology. The Spring Event is sponsored by individual and business patrons throughout the community.

Celebrating Our Schools
BREAKTHROUGH 2018

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 Pasadena City Hall Courtyard
Interactive Student Showcase 5pm | Program 6pm

Guest Speaker:
Dr. Andrea Armani
USC’s Ray Irani Chair in Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

Honoring
Pasadena Tournament of Roses
For supporting the Pasadena Educational Foundation’s efforts to make an impact on the lives of every student, at every school, every day.

Kick off the Evening with our Interactive Student Showcase
Get hands on and have fun with our interactive exhibits and experiences highlighting Pasadena Unified’s outstanding students and remarkable programs.

Guest Speaker: Dr. Andrea Armani

Andrea Armani is an inspiring educator and role model who leads a research group at USC which invents new types of optical devices, like lasers, to study living cells and proteins and teaches courses in nanomaterials.

She is currently the Ray Irani Chair in Engineering and Materials Science and Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science in the Viterbi School of Engineering at the University of Southern California.  The over-arching mission of her research is to develop novel nonlinear materials and integrated optical devices that can be used in portable disease diagnostics and telecommunications.  As part of this research, her group investigates a wide range of topics including materials synthesis, integrated optics, and instrument development and collaborates with researchers from a wide range of backgrounds.

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Past Celebrating Our Schools Events


Celebrating Our Schools, ENVISION 2017
Tuesday, May 2 5PM
Pasadena City Hall Courtyard

Thank you for joining with your fellow community members for an evening of inspiration, celebration, and support.

SEE PHOTOS FROM THE EVENING HERE >>

SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER
Charles L. Harrington
Parsons CEO/Chairman/President

SPECIAL PRESENTATION

Tim Sippel, John Muir High School Principal
and students from the
Engineering & Environmental Science Academy

As principal at John Muir High School, Tim Sippel leads his students in the Engineering and Environmental Sciences Academy as they learn to improve the quality of life on earth through the power of science and mathematics.

Kaleidoscope, An Interactive Showcase (5-6PM)

See things differently as you immerse yourself in virtual reality, join a space mission, program a computer, examine the brain, solve a math problem, see a solar powered boat, take a photo, and more when you get hands-on and have fun at our innovation showcase featuring interactive exhibits and experiences highlighting Pasadena Unified’s outstanding students and remarkable programs.


Celebrating Our Schools INNOVATE 2016

Thank you for joining with your fellow community members to ignite the spark of innovation in our schools at our annual event.
Special Guest Speaker
STEVE ISAKOWITZ
President, Virgin Galactic

Exemplary Service Award
JOAN PALMER
Community Arts Advocate

Featuring our first LAUNCHPAD
An Innovation Showcase

Guests got hands on and had fun at our first innovation showcase featuring interactive exhibits and experiences highlighting Pasadena Unified’s outstanding students and remarkable programs.

Celebrating Our Schools 2015

This year we will celebrate our community partners in presenting The Helen and Will Webster Foundation with this year’s Exemplary Service Award, our teachers as we honor Ray Joiner with an Outstanding Educator Award, and our students as we introduce you to Marshall senior Caolan John a PEF Summer program volunteer and 3D printing student who is off to UC Berkeley in the fall.

Spring Event 2014

PEF honored Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard and Actor/Activist Edward James Olmos for their tremendous support of our community and public education.

Spring Event 2013

Guest Speaker: Jonathan Veitch President, Occidental College

Exemplary Service Awards
Maureen Donnelly Carlson
Merrill Lynch
Skills Enrichment Program