2014-15 Teacher Grant Awards


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Congratulations to our 2014-15 PEF Teacher Grant Recipients!

Funding for the PEF Teacher Grant Program is made possible by our community partners and individual donor contributions to the Pasadena Educational Foundation.


Thank you to Avery Dennison, Wells Fargo, and  Whole Foods Markets for helping to make this year's Teacher Grants possible.


See photos from the reception here >>

Thank you to our community partners:



Jarratt Brunson Memorial Teacher Grant Award

Gilbert Ochoa, Kathleen Peralta, Jose Guzman, Fil Vargas, Jesus Gomez
Madison Elementary School
Accelerated Reading Program

Kathy Onoye Principal Award for Excellence in Leadership

Esther Salinas, Principal
Debbie Henderson, Teacher
Sierra Madre Elementary School
Core Strengthening Through Library Services

Kathy Onoye Principal Award for Dedication in Leadership

Timothy Sippel, Principal
John Muir High School
Come and See For Yourself!

The 2014-15 PEF Teacher Grant Awards (by school)

Altadena Elementary School

Annette Ahgagainians
Early Learning Portable Technology Workstation

Elizabeth Burleson Mortilla, Marla Kaseff, Dessire Emralino
Inclusion Library

Blair School

Rene Rodriguez
Stopping the Virus

Christine McLaughlin
Engagement through Novels and Autobiographies

Kieu Voong
Graphing Calculator Exploratons

Mirna Rivera, Kathy Anderson
College and Science Experience

Ervin Turner
JROTC Accomplishments

Raul Delgado

Burbank Preschool

Jennifer Weisbart, Ann O'Mara, Elizabeth Huertas, Diana Medley, Janet Ottersberg, Francisco Castro
Learning to Relate through Play

CIS Academy

Debbie Curtin
HOSA (Health Occupations of America)

Cleveland Elementary School

Shannon Malone, Principal
Parent Engagement Program-
Leaders of the Flock

Jeffrey Bracamonte
Engagement technologies

Don Benito Elementary School

Kathee Hennigan Bautista
Reading for Life

Eliot Middle School

Robert Moya
More Materials for More Art

Bethel Lira
Classroom Maps

Field Elementary School

Le Xu Shen
Read to Me in Mandarin

April Wu
Interactive and Collaborative
Hands-On Math!

Yuan Zhao, Ya Ning Kuo
Math Supplies for Mandarin
Immersion Program

Emily Fang

Erin Musick
Reading in the Light

Ana Maria Apodaca, Principal
From Our Hands to Yours

Tingting Mei
Learning Centers

Jackson Elementary School

Melissa Ruiz
STEM Materials

Karla Castro
Mavonwe Banerdt
Literature For Learning

Xiomara Tovar
Butterfly Pavillion

Jocelyn Strickland
Applying STEM Across the Curriculum!

Veronica Alcantar
DLIP program

Noah Donnell-Kilmer
Jackson Community Pride Garden
Science and Weather Station

Jefferson Elementary School

Fran De La Rosa
Reading for All

Mary Roper
Let's Make the Most of our Chrome Books!

Sophia Tashjian Mejia, Yolanda Boyer, Kai Venable, Candi Cooper Horn
The Classroom Outside

Longfellow Elementary School

Emily Brink, Carol Parker, Patricia Giberson
Little Red Riding Hood Play

Marshall Fundamental School

Joel Lopez
Music Program Audio Equipment

Mark Anderson
NASSP Ignite 2015

McKinley School

Raimer Rojas
Puppet Playwrights

Lisa Muthiah, Christine Lovret, Teresa Totaro, John Vigil

John Muir High School

Susana Oliu, Alexandra Gonzalez
Invasive Species Project and Field Trip Research Experience

Michael Watter

Norma Coombs Elementary School
Susan Franklin
Collaborate Small Group Literacy Centers

Pasadena High School

Annie Wang
MLIP/World Language

Mayte Hernandez
The Tolerancenter/Holocaust Exhibit Tour

Erica Linares
NACAC College Fair

Noemi Barragan
STEM Calculators

Roosevelt Elementary School

Kimberly Vo

Karyn Messler
Roadrunner Challenge

San Rafael Elementary School

Jessica Perez Del Toro
National Geographic Takes us Around the World - in Spanish!

Priscila Leon-Didion
Gaby Canedo, Carla Rojas
High Interest and Universal Access Literature Circles

Marta Rosales
Barcelona Café - Where Literature Comes Alive!

Phyllis Bemiller
US History Through Art And Poetry

Xenia McAllister, Katia Zavatsky
Me gusta leer!

Julie Silk, Maria Veronica Parra
Let's Get Moving!

Sierra Madre Elementary School

Lindsay Lewis
Writing Support for English Learners

Sierra Madre Middle School

Melanie Kobayashi
Multi-Sensory Room

Washington STEM Elementary School

Jodie West
Collaborative STEM Learning

Margaret Blackford
Lego Logic

David Earnhart
Magnetic Math

Webster Elementary School

Helena Alves
Time for Kids/National Geographic Young Explorers

Willard Elementary School

Sarina Vitale, Lillian Degroof, Maria Teran, Marisela Figueroa
Integrating Math with the Arts

Wilson Middle School

Marian Pena
Computer Lab Resources


About the PEF Teacher Grants

The Pasadena Educational Foundation has been awarding teachers in PUSD grants to help fund classroom supplies and instructional materials for more than 40 years.

The goal of the PEF Teacher Grant Program is to encourage the development of educational activities to improve and enhance student achievement. Grant projects must be student centered, related to the curriculum, and must demonstrate how they will directly benefit students and enhance and improve student achievement.