TEF Partners with Brandman U. on Video Series


Videos will spotlight local foundation’s mission and impact 

March 1, 2016 – TEMECULA, CA – The Temecula Education Foundation (TEF), the only 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization supporting almost 30,000 students in the Temecula Valley Unified School District (TVUSD), has partnered with Brandman University to produce a video series about the foundation’s work.

Formerly the Temecula Valley Foundation for Excellence in Education, TEF is best known for its teacher grants and enrichment classes for students in Grades K-12 in the Temecula Valley Unified School District (TVUSD). For the past six years, the foundation also has sponsored the Taste of Temecula Valley (TOTV). A community taste event featuring food, beverage, and specialty vendors from throughout the area, TOTV will be April 29-30 in Old Town Temecula.

“Our board believes that students actively engaged in enrichment opportunities – like those provided by TEF – are more successful.  Involvement in the visual and performing arts has been associated with gains in math, reading, cognitive ability, critical thinking, and verbal skills,” said Jeff McNurlan, foundation vice president. “Arts learning also can improve motivation, concentration, confidence, and teamwork. We are thrilled that Brandman University shares our vision and wants to help promote our mission,” he added.

Produced by Peter Schlemmer Productions, whose namesake is a TVUSD graduate, parent, and award-winning videographer, TEF videos will feature testimonials from foundation supporters, including members of the business community, parents, students, and teachers. Since 2010, approximately 1,400 high school students have completed TEF-sponsored accelerated summer enrichment classes. Over the past five years, TEF has awarded more than $100,000 in grants to TVUSD teachers for curriculum support in the visual and performing arts and sciences. Earlier this year, TEF launched a pilot music program for fourth- and fifth-grade students at Vintage Hills Elementary School and, in the future, hopes to offer similar classes at other sites.

“Brandman is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission. As part of the Chapman University System, Brandman University’s mission is to provide students with a dynamic education based on excellence and flexibility that creates lasting value and relevance for evolving careers,” said Nicole Farnum, manager, community and corporate relations.

“As a post-secondary institution, Brandman University is pleased to support the work of the Temecula Education Foundation. Like TEF, we believe our innovative programs can inspire and motivate students of all ages to reach their goals. This partnership is a great way for us to spotlight Brandman’s Menifee campus, which is conveniently located for working adults in this area who may be considering completing or starting a degree program,” she added.

The first video in the TEF-Brandman University series will debut March 1 and can be found on both TEF and Brandman University websites and social media platforms. For more information, please visit For those interested in continuing their education, contact, email, or call 1-951-297-1383 for more information.


Formerly known as the Temecula Valley Foundation for Excellence in Education, TVFEE, the foundation shortened its name to the Temecula Education Foundation, TEF, and announced a new logo and website in 2015. The 501(c)3 nonprofit is run by an all-volunteer board of directors. TEF is best known for its summer school enrichment classes for high school students; curriculum support grants for Temecula educators; and its community-wide event, the Taste of Temecula Valley (TOTV). The sixth TOTV will be held April 29-30, 2016, in Old Town Temecula. More information: TEF was a 2015 nominee for Service/Charitable Organization of the Year by the Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce.


Brandman University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission. As part of the Chapman University System, Brandman blends a legacy of academic excellence with innovative curriculum and strong support services designed for students with busy schedules. The university offers 50+ undergraduate, graduate, credential and certificate programs across its schools of arts and sciences, business, education, nursing and health. Brandman serves 12,000 students annually with programs available online and at 26 campuses throughout California and Washington. The university’s online programs consistently rank among the top in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.


For more information:                                                                                            

Barb Burkett, TEF Communications. 951 834-3086