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2015-16 Teacher Grants


Congratulations to our
2015-16 PEF Teacher Grant Recipients!

PEF has been awarding grants to help fund classroom supplies and instructional materials for more than 40 years and we received a record number of applications this year. This year we are awarding a total of $70,000 in PEF Teacher Grants to more than 132 PUSD teachers and principals. PEF Teacher Grants help our teachers bring more creativity, innovation, and inspiration into our classrooms.


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!



Jarratt Brunson Memorial Teacher Grant Award

Linda Chang
Don Benito Fundamental  

Calvin Hunt Memorial Award
London Outlaw       
Pasadena High School  
Ballet Barres Dance I, II, III

Kathy Onoye Principal Award for Dedication in Leadership
Garrett Newsom 
Sierra Madre Middle School
Nerdy Books for Our New Library

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

Altadena Elementary
Victoria Camargo
Going for the Gold

Regina Major
Literacy-Reading and Writing Too!

Dana Hill, Allisonne Crawford Airitam
Language Arts Promising Practices to Support Literacy

Ashley Webb
Hands on Learning

Blair Middle & High School
Kathleen Anderson
Books for Kids

Michael Birnbryer
Xylophone’s for Drumline

Joanna Casucci, Christine McLaughlin
How To Read Literature Like A Professor

Patricia Gorse
Integrated Math Calculators

Grace Keshishian
Building Character Through a Community

Amanda Engstrom
Little Kids Rock

Espinoza Adria, Irad Orduna
IB Creating, Designing and Building Models

Irinia Shilykava
Special Ed: Functional Academics/Life Skills/Hands-On Cooking

Cleveland Elementary
Ella Farinas
Condor Readers Soar!

Dawna Tully, Jeffrey Bracamonte, Elizabeth Burleson Mortilla
History and Literacy

Daniel Webster Elementary
Laura Cambrelen
National Geographic Explorer and TIME for Kids

Angela Chavez, Helena Alves, Jason Bemis
National Geographic Young Explorers/On the Cutting Edge Because Science Matters (Frog Dissection & Kids Discover)

Don Benito Elementary
Kristin Tranquada
Literacy Lab

Linda Chang

Diana Morrison
Reading is for everyone!

Karen Raab, Steven Owen, Wayne Valenzuela
PEF Magazine Grant

Eliot Arts Magnet
Lori Touloumian, Shannon Mumolo
Spotlight on Eliot Arts Magnet

Field Elementary
Muchen Yang
Independent reading

May Fu
Hands-On, Mind On

Shu Zhang
Second grade-level Chinese storybooks

Franklin Elementary
Jennifer Boynton
Listening Centers & Literacy

Jackson STEM Dual Language Academy
Olivia Cardenas
K'NEX Building Bridges

JByanka Haro
El rincon de lectura/ The reading corner

Tina Minkler
Engineering in Kindergarten

Karen Anderson, Rachel Black
Compost Classroom

Amanda Haddad
Lego Story Starter Classroom Pack

Sandra Banuelos
Read-Along Listening Center

Elizabeth Holle, Melissa Ruiz
STEM and Spanish Materials

Ana Paik
STEM Sprouts

Diana Suarez, Veronica Alcantar
STEM and Spanish Materials

Eduardo Chenu
Sets of Spanish Texts for Growth Mindsets

Rita Exposito
Whimsical 3-Dimensional Design

Whitney Reese, Claudia Wells
Take home reading Library

Jefferson Elementary

Yolanda Boyer
NGSS Science Materials

Leticia Citizen Fran De La Rosa
News for All

John Muir High School

Margaret Gillham
Wild Horses Literary Magazine Volume 3

Cynthia Lake
Gaudi style mosaic art sculpture garden

William Abanyie
Graphic Design 1 & 2

Cassandra Franklin
Beginning Chorus

Learning Works Charter School

Ashleigh Conway
Learning History Through Literature or English 12A

Longfellow Elementary
Karina Veas
Learning Through Play

Madison Elementary
Maria Valdez
Needed Technology in the Classroom

Alexandra Campos
Classroom Library

Erik Trejo, Silvia Torres, Diana Salson

Marshall Fundamental
Stephanie Moore
AP Human Geography: Making Sense of Planet Earth

Luis Rendon
Drawing Your World

Daarina Abdus-Samad
"Earth and Fire" - Adventures in Clay

Christine Baltazar
High Interest Infromational Text Classroom Library

Cletus Ganschow

Marjorie Keith
PowToons for Student Presentations

Linda Szklarski
Two art classes 6th Grade Elective Art Class

Fara Valentine, Leslie Stotlar, Rebecca Cuellar
Alliance Gueming Biology and Life Science Dissections

Susana Walker
P.E. Extra Equipment for Instruction and Activity

McKinley TK-8 School of the Arts
Jessica McFall
Creating a Dynamic Classroom Library to Support Choice Reading

Luz Honia Ryan
Writing is Forever

Lauren Partma
Hunger Games Literature Study

Norma Coombs Elementary
Martha Esquivel-Leu, Dr. Jennifer Smith, Patrick Shopbell
Ceramics Program: Kiln Replacement

Pasadena High School
Ben Taylor
Introductory Microscopy

London Outlaw
Dance I, II, III Ballet Barres

Roosevelt Elementary
Mary Ann George
Puppets in the Classroom

Roosevelt Kimberly Vo
Read Across Pasadena

Rose City High School
Michael McNeely, Adriana Lopez, Epifanio Cruz
Who Do You Think You Are? DNA project

San Rafael
Maria Arias, Marbely Gonzales, Iris Linares, Sonia Maldonado
Excursiones por Latino América --Travels through Latin America

Stephanie Vidal, Veronica Parra, Katia Zavatsky
Kindling a Love for Reading
Rodolfo Ramirez
Instruments for San Rafael's Orchestra

Sierra Madre Elementary
Susan Andres
Themes that tie us together

Lisa Prado
Around the World in 100 Years

Suzanne York
The Identity Project

Sierra Madre Middle School
Matthew Brooks, Karyn Messler, Garrett Newsom
Galileo Project

Gina Davis
Salad Garden at SMMS

Erika Maldonado, Karyn Messler
Struggling readers should enjoy the classics too!

Amy McLean
Expanding Music at Sierra Madre Middle

Garrett Newsom, Debbie Henderson
Nerdy Books for Our New Library

Chiungling Tsai
Living Chinese Culture in Classroom

Danna Yardeni, Melanie Kobayashi
Age Appropriate Sensory Motor Equipment and Gardening Supplies to Facilitate Development of Sensory, Physical and Psychosocial Skills

Washington Elementary STEM Magnet
Rebecca Caruso
Making Math Meaningful

Melquaides Renteria, Nicole Kim, Greta Banks, Karen Gonzales
Student Collaboration Through Technology

Jennifer Thompson
Literacy Meets Technology

Washington STEAM Magnet Academy
Cindy Abbott
The Wiz

Willard Elementary
Julie Van Der Heide
Using Novels to Enhance the Common Core and Bring Reading to Life

Deng Melanie, Kaiulani Sallas
Hands On Learning

Stacey Torres, Ingrida Grabis
Art Smart!

Jackson, Washington, Franklin, Roosevelt
Grecia Serrano-Navarro 

Teaching Culture Through Music