Past Teacher Grant Awards
DNA kits, sheet music, and California native plants for an outdoor classroom are just a few of the supplies that this year's PEF Teacher Grants will purchase to support a diverse and vibrant selection of educational projects.
Funding for the PEF Teacher Grant Program is made possible by individual donor contributions to the Pasadena Educational Foundation.
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Thanks to the support of our donors we are able to award $50,000 in Teacher Grants to 86 PUSD educators representing 57 outstanding proposals.
Jarratt Brunson Award
A special award, the Jarratt Brunson Award, was presented to teacher Kaiulani Sallas and Principal Amin Oria from Jefferson Elementary School. This newly established award is named in honor of Jarratt Brunson one of the founders of the Pasadena Educational Foundation and responsible for initiating the PEF Teacher Grant Program. The award is presented to the proposal that best reflects Jarratt's passion for reading and early literacy.
“It is my desire; to not only teach these students how to read, but to instill in them a love for books,” said Kaiulani Sallas. “Mr. Brunson was my principal at Jefferson Elementary. Even at the young age of five, I was well aware that this was an amazing human being. His love for the school permeated every aspect at Jefferson; from singing our Alma Mater to the strong ethics he instilled in each of us. He exemplified all that a principal of a school should be.”
The 2013-14 PEF Teacher Grant Awards:
Altadena Elementary School
Victoria Camargo, Regina Major -
Natalie Palma, April Wu, Judy Ho -
Wei Liu -
Shu Zhang -
Elizabeth Holle -
Rita Exposito, Linda Keavy -
Candice Horn -
Listening for Literacy
Pasadena High School
Roosevelt Elementary School
Sierra Madre Middle School
Regina Marie Jeffers -
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.