PEF Teacher Grants help inspirational teachers in every PUSD school enhance the classroom experience for their students. The grants, provided directly to educators, benefit thousands of students in Altadena, Pasadena, and Sierra Madre.
In December 2023, over 220 PUSD educators received $223,000 in grants thanks to the Pasadena Educational Foundation, the College Football Playoff (CFP) Foundation, and the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association. This is the largest amount of money awarded to the largest number of educators in PEF’s 50+ year history.
Grant applications for this year are now closed. Please check back here next year in Fall 2024.
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PEF Teacher Grants 2023-24
Calvin Hunt Arts Award
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.
Liane Shih & Denise Seider ~ Marshall Fundamental
The Dinner Party
In conjunction with Women’s History Month, the PUSD all-school annual art exhibition “No Boundaries”, and the City of Pasadena’s biannual event ArtNight Pasadena, students at Marshall Fundamental, Norma Coombs Elementary, and Altadena Arts Magnet will create a re-imagined version of Judy Chicago’s famed Dinner Party.
Jarratt Brunson Memorial Award for Literacy
Honoring the late Jarratt Brunson, the PEF founder who initiated the Teacher Grant Program, this award goes to the proposal that best reflects Jarratt’s passion for reading and early literacy.
Dr. Elisa Perez ~ Madison Elementary
Let’s Read Eagles! Soaring to Success with Books!
This reading incentive project aims to provide underserved students with access to quality literature and projects to improve their literacy skills and ignite a love for reading.
Kathy Onoye Principal Award
This award goes to the PUSD administrator whose proposal best exemplifies their role in inspiring leadership.
Erika Cooper ~ Hamilton Elementary
Hamilton Elementary is building a Science Lab to create an inviting and visually stimulating experience. The lab will align to the school’s curriculum to support teachers who will integrate hands-on science learning. The STEM lab is accessible to all students, including those with disabilities. The lab would encourage collaboration and group activities to foster teamwork and problem solving skills.
Michael Bell ~ Rose City High School
Student ID Machine and Incentives
Erika Cooper ~ Hamilton Elementary
Raymond Cross ~ Norma Coombs Elementary
Improving Art & Garden Teaching Areas
Dana Hill ~ Altadena Arts Magnet
Mathew Kodama ~ Pasadena High School
Lindsay Lewis ~ PUSD Early Childhood Education
Sensory Soothers – SEL Calming Kits
Jodi Marchesso ~ Sierra Madre Elementary
A Student-Created Book About Our School
Amy McGinnis ~ Blair IB School
Reading for Fun, Reading to Grow!
Garrett Newsom ~ Sierra Madre Middle
SMMS Robotics Program
Noemi Orduña ~ Octavia E. Butler Magnet
Outdoor Learning / Kindness Spaces
Elisa Perez ~ Madison Elementary
Let’s Read Eagles! Soaring to Success with Books!
Merian Stewart ~ McKinley School
McKinley Library Revitalization
Lori Touloumian ~ Marshall Fundamental
Outdoor Ceramics Classroom
Charlene Tucker ~ Field Elementary
PBIS Schoolwide Student Store / Character Trait Badges
Veronica Villagrana ~ Jackson STEAM Elementary
Student Safe Spaces and Wellness
Altadena Arts Magnet
Early Emergent Reading Books
Connecting All Students
Amplifying Student Voices!
Manipulating Variables: Exploring Scientific Method Through Growing Hydroponic Microgreens
Reading Comes to Life in Color
H2O, Ready, Set, Go!
Luis Escalante, Veronica Yepez
Math Dream Box
Improving English Learner Reading Scores Through Literacy Projects
Experiments with Air Tracks
Cricut Tangible Take Home Designs
Making History Fun for All Learners
Novel Studies & Book Buying
International Academy Garden and Literacy Project
Accessible Science World Magazines for International Academy
Maria Teresa Garcia de la Vega, Laura Howard
Empowering Excellence: Chromebooks, Technology, and English Learner Tutoring at the International Academy
Wired for Excellence: Enriching Blair Theatre through Headsets
PUSD CARE Program
Incentives for Behavior Improvement
Developing a Growth Mindset
Kinesthetic CARE Therapeutic Classroom
CIS Academy / PALS
Scott Phelps, Kimbra Norton, Egbert Azariah
Using Galileoscopes to Enhance Physics and Observe the 2024 Solar Eclipse
Improved Virtual Tutoring
PUSD Curriculum, Instruction, and Professional Development
The Learning Curve: A Print Publication by the Student Think Tank
Don Benito Fundamental
Inclusive Library for All Students
Victoria Smith, Yvonne Davis
The Glow Gallery: Empowering Students Success through Personal Identity
Wayne Valenzuela, Candace Annett
Growing Young Minds: Interactive Garden
Eliot Arts Magnet
Extending Math Beyond the Curriculum
Dr. Jane Lambert
Integrating Literacy in the Mathematics Classroom in 8th Grade!
Amy Mattson, Shane Horan
College Level Curriculum
M Cubed: Making Math Meaningful
Stamps For Joy
Summer St. Pierre
Building Literacy through Nonfiction Library Collection Development
The Art of the Equation
Empowering Language and Cultural Immersion in 4th Grade
Workshop Model in Mandarin DLIP Classroom and Classroom Library
Hands-On Science: Dig In and Learn Through Gardening
Bilingual Library Enrichment for Dual Mandarin Immersion Class
Wai Yan Wu
Bring Science to Life! Exploring Observation & Hands On
Weili Xia, Jing Gao
Art/Science Integration in First Grade: Inspiring Young Minds
Refine the Mandarin and Math Workshop
Alden Denila, Isaac Dye
Drumset and Drumsticks for Hamilton
Shaking Up Some Mathemagical Fun!
PUSD Home Hospital Program
Helping Students Classified as Moderate/Severe
Jefferson Children’s Center
Early Arts Expression
Jackson STEAM Multilingual Magnet Elementary
Debbie Ayala, Taeya Long
Garden Classroom Extension
Tools for English Learner Success
Sara Dave, Erica Nellessen, Maria Hernandez
Jackson Wellness Project
3rd Grade Bilingual Book Clubs
Restock, Rebuild, and Reimagine Lab Science
Windows and Mirrors Library Collection
An Overall Kindergarten Upgrade
Visual Arts at Jackson, Exploration of a New World
Updating Classroom Library: Multicultural, SEL, & Butterflies
A STEAMy Update
John Muir Early College Magnet
Exploring Topics Through Podcasting
Daniel Harris, Jill McArthur
California Native Plant Propagation
The Secret Garden Revisited
Music Library for Mighty Mustangs
Muir Student Writers: Imagine Two Pines Framing a Dirt Path
Up the Cycle: Revise, Refine, Rework, Renew the Unwanted
Courtney Scrabeck, Micol Issa
Periaktoi for Library Gallery Displays and Stage
Elementary Physical Education
Multicultural Teacher Library
Longfellow Lions Blossom and Bloom
Students Treasure Becoming Publishers
Luis Amaya, Myrna Rodriguez
Eagle’s Nest: Interactive Activity Room
Laura Cambrelen, Donna Irie
Blooming Minds: Hands-On STEM
Patricia Guzman, Kathryn Marquez
Madison Monarch Waystation
Aysia Lynch, Amparo Angela Magalong
Sensory Corner for Special Education Students
Music Director iPad
Diane Salson, Flor Manzano, Cheryl Hinojosa
For the Love of Words!
Fitness in Youth
Statistical Research: Creating and Interpreting Frequency Distributions
Moises Champo, Ana Chavez
Folklorico Dance: Connection, Confidence, Creativity
Roxanne Duboucheron, Jonathan Miller
The Narrative Workshop (TNW)
Culturally Responsive and Inclusive Reading Area
Building Marshall Drama’s Staging Capacity
Scoping for Microscopes
World Atlases for AP Human Geography
The Power of Music in the Classroom
Periodic Table Tile
Liane Shih, Denise Seider
The Dinner Party
Build My Classroom Library
Surgeons in Training
Anthony Bonoli, Topaze Fraser-Lake
McKinley School Garden and Science Impact
The McKinley 4th Grade Garden: Farm to School 2023
Activate All Students Imagination With S.T.E.A.M. Multicultural Barbies
Natalie Pando, Raquel Lomeli, Briseyda Rivera
Empowering Excellence: Enhancing Social, Emotional, and Academic Skills in Inclusion Education
Norma Coombs Elementary
Alma Cielo Livingstone, Barbara Ishida
Outdoor Education through Native Plants & Ceramics
Diana Delgado Ramirez
TK Students Learning Through Play
Rebekah Flores, Wendy Giang
Interactive Learning In An Embedded Instruction Program
Octavia E. Butler Magnet Academy
Our Science Fiction Festival Opens New Worlds
Andrew Driffill, Mary Lauderdale
Robotics Competition Support
Robyn Wehrly, Jensine Lucas
Intimidation to Integration: Physics Through Rube Goldberg Machines
Electrostatic (Van-de-Graaf) Generator
Scaffolded S.T.E.M. Curriculum for Special Education
PHS Library: The Welcoming Heart of Our Community Where All Come to Learn, Discover, Create, and Connect
Immersive Audio/Visual Experience for Chinese Language & Culture
Molecule of Life
Flexible Seating in Secondary Classroom
Carolina Marquez Villasenor
CI Spanish Readers
Norma Ohlson, Asusena Camacho Raudales
Math Materials to Engage Students
The Chemistry of Paints and Pigments
Kristin Trammell, Jessica Carbajal, Natalie Hernandez, Sobukwe Ramsey
Creating Interest for Introverts
Rose City High
Physics and Chemistry Hands-On Resources
San Rafael Elementary
Building Skills That Stick
Carla Landaverde, Cristina Arellano, Jessica Cervantes, Juana Orozco, Maite Soriano, Priscila Leon-Didion
For the Love of Printed Books!
Read Around the World!
Hands and Minds on Math
Sierra Madre Elementary
Hatching and Raising Chicks
Richard Garretson, Sarah Healy
Green Waste Awareness and Collection Program
Building The Future, One Bot at a Time
May The Force Be With You!
Revitalized Goodwill Gardens
Sierra Madre Middle
Alexandra Gonzales, Samantha Dominguez
Handcrafted by Hawks!
Think on Your Feet
Transform Problem Solving: Write, Wipe, Restart!
Calvin Ramirez, Amanda Leja
Online News Reading in Mandarin Chinese & Book Creator
PUSD Student Wellness & Support Services
Restorative Justice Art
Washington Elementary STEM Magnet
POP into Reading
Every Face Has a Place at Washington STEM
Katherine Mickelson, Chanika Martin
Small Group Wiggles
Ignite STEM Learning in Kindergarten!
Yesu Baymus, Joane Copeland-Muro
Collaborative Eco Art Project
Candice Cooper Horn
Let’s Get Creative!
Amy Froeschle, Sabrina Mandigo, Arpine Khrlopyan
Connecting Our Past With Our Future
Supporting Social Emotional Learning Through Culturally Responsive Literature
Safety and Fun in a Beautiful Environment
After School LEGO STEM Club and Robotics Team
What a Wonderful World
Student Action and Service Through Gardening, IB Murals, and Campus Beautification
Take a look at our archive of past teacher grant recipients:
“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
Grant projects are:
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 $5,000.