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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.

The Teacher Grants program is one of PEF’s signature programs, and has been around for almost 50 years.

Last year, Pasadena Unified (PUSD) teachers and principals received $200,000 in grants thanks to the Pasadena Educational Foundation (PEF), College Football Playoff (CFP) Foundation, and Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association this year. The grants, awarded yearly, benefit thousands of students in the public schools of Altadena, Pasadena, and Sierra Madre.

TEACHERS!
Get information about the teacher grants here!
Grant Guidelines | Grantwriting Tips

Grant applications are due online by Friday, October 7, 2022.
Teacher Grant Application
School-Wide Grant Application

After you receive your grant…
Grant Acceptance Form
Grant Evaluation Form

Take a look at our archive of past teacher grant recipients:

PEF Teacher Grants 2021-22

Watch our 2021 Teacher Grants Award Celebration Video and Special Awards Announcement!

Special Awards

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.

2021 Winner

Monica Benson-Blair Keyboard Lab

 

Jarratt Brunson Memorial Award for Literacy

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.

2021 Winner

Mirna Mata-Longfellow Spanish for Spanish readers

Kathy Onoye Principal Award

This award will go to the PUSD Administrator whose proposal best exemplifies their role in inspiring leadership.

2021 Winner
Maricela Brambila-Willard The Diversity and Inclusion Library Collection

School-wide Grants

Maricela Brambila
Willard Elementary School
The Diversity and Inclusion Library Collection

Lori Touloumian
Marshall Fundamental
Student Wellness Through Yoga

Debra Lucas
Norma Coombs Elementary
Literacy and Wellness Lounge

Benita Scheckel
Eliot Arts Magnet
Eliot Arts Scene Shop

Garrett Newsom
Sierra Madre Middle School
Mapping Program to Support History Instruction

Lawton Gray
John Muir High School
Muralism

Merle Bugarin
Don Benito Fundamental
Read it at School, Read it at Home!

Michael Bell
Focus Point Honors
Room Rebuild

Teacher Awards

Altadena Arts Magnet

Vivian Alfonso

Sophie Durand

Meghan Livengood

Kylie Santanello

Benita Scheckel

Alisha Underwood

Amanda Van Enk Gould

Ashley Webb

Blair IB School

Veronica Alcantar

Monica Benson

Michael Birnbryer-Lao

Jesus Cobian Baca

Raul Delgado

Luis Escalante

Adam Eskridge

Adria Espinoza

Karen Favor

Maria-Teresa  Garcia

James Goffred

Patricia Gorse

Ashley Lau

Stephanie Linardos

Esmeralda Lomeli

Amy McGinnis

Christine McLaughlin

Elizabeth Najera

Taleen Nazarian

Irad Orduna

Elisa Perez

Rene Rodriguez

Kathryn Russell

Micah Stimson

Liliana  Tang

Jessica Volpi

Veronica Yepez

 

CIS

Denise Burciaga

Mary Roper

 

Don Benito Fundamental

Kristina Andrews

Merle Bugarin

Yvonne Davis

Heather Huezo

Patricia Escorza Jaime

Frania Rodriguez

 

Eliot Arts Magnet

Fabiola Acevedo

Derrick Bangle

Laura Chaparian Robles

Rose Evans

Erika Moore

Robert Moya

Gabriel Obregon

Liane Shih

Natalie Daily

Kyanna Ray

Mary Ann  Rios

 

Field Elementary

Anqi Deng

Barbara Ishida

Wanyi Wu

Siyin Yang

Yiyuan Zhang

Peng Zhao

June Kiesel

Yan Xie

Shu Zhang

 

Focus Point Academy

Michael Bell

Hamilton Elementary

Kristen Aviles

Anna Cacioppo

Carmen Cid

Alden Denila

Lucia Garcia

Claudia Gonzalez

Jennifer Mably

Merina Myklak

Marion Yamada

Carla Boykin

Andrew Medina

Jackson STEM Dual Language Magnet Academy

Ana Acosta

Elianna Campos

Jennifer  Fernandez

Cybele  Garcia Kohel

Elizabeth Holle

Rocio Iida

Alejandra Jimenez

Tina Minkler

Melissa Ruiz

Diana Suarez

 

Jefferson Children’s Center

Carolina Arizaga

 

John Muir High School Early College Magnet

Ryan  Flores

Cassandra Franklin

Alexandra Gonzales

Lawton Gray

Micol Issa

Karen Klages

Cynthia Lake

Susana  Oliu

Kimberly Suarez

 

Longfellow Elementary

Claudia Becerra

Jennifer Boynton

Pedro Gutierrez

Griselda Hermosillo

Mirna Mata

Carmen Nunez

Patricia Ortiz-Rubalcava

Carol Parker

 

Madison Elementary

Helena Alves

Angela Chavez

Dessire Emralino

Kathy Marquez

Diana Nestico-Arnold

 

Marshall Fundamental

Zara Agvanian

Nadia Aleman

Rebecca Caruso

Rebeca Cuellar

Sara Dickerson

Consuelo Galvez

Daniel Jarashow

Devette Johnson

Sang  Lee

Marti MacInnes

Jacob Melgoza

Darcy Naganuma

Marysia Narvaez

Sara Scribner

Suengmee Seo

Mary Stevens

Leslie Stotlar

Lori Touloumian

Fara Valentine

Marjorie Keith

Heather King

Edward Messler

 

McKinley School

Emily Brink

Topaze Fraser-Lake

Katherine Goethel

Patricia Gwinn

Giselle Jimenez

Diana Morrison

Briseyda Rivera

TeJonna Robinson

Gilberto Salazar

Brenda Sandoval

Tamyke Sims Edwards

Emily Smith

Kristin Trammell

Dawna Tully

Cristina Vasquez

Norma Coombs Elementary

Debra Lucas

Martha Tovar

Debbie Breitenstein

Alma Cielo

Marineh Fstkchyan

Kyle Kennelly

Wendy Giang

 

Pasadena High School

Richard Chung

Jonathan Gardner

Dwayne Miller

Evan Narasky

Manuel Ruiz

Benjamin Taylor

Kevin Wood

 

PUSD Child Welfare, Attendance and Safety Department

Elsa Gutierrez

Karen Raab

Olivia Tu

 

Rose City High School

Richard Lightner

Christopher Tolosa

 

San Rafael Elementary

Luz Ceja

Elva De Jarnett

Fabiana Isasa De Soto

 

Sierra Madre Elementary

Erika Dario

Jane Devlin

Barri Gonzalez

Carolyn Halpern

Kristina Keck

Dany Richey

Barbara Jean Thorn

Julia Cole

Yolanda Munoz

 

Sierra Madre Middle School

Penny Ibbotson

Elizabeth Korman

Jingshuang Liu

Christine Mitchell

Garrett Newson

Xiaoyuan Qu

Lynn Scott

Alexie Young Sin

Jun Yu

 

Washington Children’s Center

Maria Baker

 

Washington Elementary STEM Magnet

Laura MacDonald

Katherine Mickelson

Robert Ward

 

Washington STEAM Multilingual Academy

Cindy Abbott

Andrew Driffill

Cassandra Nevarez

Jason Trapp

 

Webster Elementary

Kevin Horn

Linda Benn

Candice Cooper Horn

 

Willard IB Elementary

Elizabeth Beaumont

Beatriz Beltran

Maricela Brambila

Melanie Gray

Armando  Mayer

Michele Negrete

Lauren Partma

Karen Petersen

Sandra Rosales

Julie Van Der Heide

Linda Wittry

128
Grants
200
Thousand
208
Teachers & Principals
45
Years

“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:

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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Support creativity in our schools!

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.

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