TEF Awards Curriculum Support Grants To Local Educators

TEMECULA, CA – October 21, 2015 – At the October 20 Temecula Valley Unified School District (TVUSD) Governing Board Meeting, the Temecula Education Foundation (TEF) presented 62 educators in the Temecula district with funds to support enrichment programs benefiting students at 23 sites. Funded applications were limited to $500 each; grants awarded totaled over $26,000. Since 2011, TEF has awarded over $100,000 to Temecula educators for classroom enrichment.

Curriculum support grants for enrichment activities focusing on visual arts, performing arts, and sciences were available to educators in all TVUSD schools. Grant applications were due October 1. Per TEF guidelines, monies must support curriculum for students in the current school year and must be spent by January 15, 2016.

Speaking on behalf of the district foundation, TEF Vice President Jeff McNurlan congratulated teachers and principals. “We are proud to support educators whose passion and creativity make a difference in the classroom. This is the fifth year our foundation has been able to fund grants. We wish we could fund all requests. Unfortunately, our dollars are limited, and we had to focus on those applications we felt were within the scope of this year’s application and which impacted the largest number of students.

“Our mission is to enhance and improve learning opportunities for students in the TVUSD. We’ve come a long way in five years, and we hope to continue to grow our programs every year,” he added.

“Community events – like the TEF-sponsored Taste of Temecula Valley and summer school enrichment classes, as well as financial support from the Great Oak High School Spirit Run from the Arts and the Temecula Valley Art League – enable us to support our teachers and enhance the curriculum for students. We thank the community for its ongoing support,” he said.

Examples of the types of art and science grants funded include:

  • Keyboards, music games, piano courses for Vail Elementary
  • Cello and violin bows for Margarita Middle and Temecula Valley High Schools
  • Owl pellets and common prey display for Temecula Middle School
  • Lighting equipment for plays for Nicholas Valley Elementary


  • Cow hearts, masks, and scalpels for Crowne Hill Elementary
  • Band saw for solar technology programs at Rancho Vista High School
  • Art supplies for Gardner Middle School

Educators and schools recognized were: 

  • BARNETT ELEMENTARY:  Shandra Beer, Anita Laehy, Erin Nielsen
  • BELLA VISTA MIDDLE:  Robin Hughes
  • CROWNE HILL ELEMENTARY:  Leanna Bush, Carolyn Davis, Susana McNitt, Julie Olen, Sherri Plaxco, Shana Reed, Michele Stacy
  • CHAPARRAL HIGH SCHOOL:  Ron Carey, Kristen Olko, Linda Teahen, Alan Underwood
  • DAY MIDDLE:  Allison Cooper, Lauren Davis, Kent Gerow
  • FRENCH VALLEY ELEMENTARY:  Georgia Allen, Kari Carlson, Kristen Irvin
  • GARDNER MIDDLE:  Joanie Wolkon
  • GREAT OAK HIGH SCHOOL:  Mark Farrin, Jeff MacLean, Marco Magallanes, Sang Park, Lora Sanders, Rachel Williams
  • JACKSON ELEMENTARY:  Kristen Cornellison, Victoria Moore, Melia Pommier
  • LAVORGNA ELEMENTARY:  Darlene Dormanen, Rosalinda Jaimes
  • MARGARITA MIDDLE:  Olivia Flores
  • NICHOLAS VALLEY:  Judy Tang, Michelle Voye
  • PALOMA ELEMENTARY:  Mike Cruz, Kristen Krohnfeldt, Kathleen Plunkett, Karen Vogt
  • PAUBA VALLEY ELEMENTARY:  Diana Capehart, Laura Drlik
  • RANCHO ELEMENTARY:  Michelle Dolias
  • RED HAWK ELEMENTARY:  Elizabeth Tarry, Shelby Walton
  • TEMECULA ELEMENTARY:  Kathy Fink, Nancy Reza
  • TEMECULA LUISENO:  Ariana Kraft, Jennifer Stanard, Elaine Whaley
  • TEMECULA MIDDLE:  Ivan Aviles, Stephanie Hunter, Pauline Nelson, Alisha Vandervoort
  • TONY TOBIN ELEMENTARY:  Sharon Constantino, Neisha McNamera
  • VINTAGE HILLS ELEMENTARY:  Renee Mills-Vacco, David York
  • VAIL RANCH MIDDLE:  Randall Dulaney, Kelly Maxey, Colby Stromberg; Connie Wathern-Dominguez