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Apply Now for Innovative Teaching Grants

PEF awards Innovative Teaching Grants up to $2,000 for programs or projects initiated by an individual educator, and up to $5,000 for programs or projects initiated by teams or departments.

Applications are now available for 2020 grants. These awards will fund programs to be implemented in the 2020-2021 school year. To help us plan for the process, we are requesting that you let us know if you intend to apply for a grant. Submit your intent to apply using this link.

Please read through the packet carefully before beginning, as some changes have been made to the application and the process. Check out this online, self-paced webinar for training on the grant process.

Contact PEF (512-594-0375) if you have any questions.

Fall Mini-grants Now Available

The Pflugerville Education Foundation (PEF) is offering all PfISD teachers the opportunity to apply for Mini-Grants ranging from $100-$500 per grant.

Funding will be available in October, November and December for the fall of the current school year, and can be used for things such as classroom field trips, conference registration fees, professional development, equipment, etc.

For more information:

Michel Hudson

2018-2019 Board – New Officers & Board Members

The Pflugerville Education Foundation on June 25 elected new officers for the 2018-19 school year.

Michel Hudson, owner/founder of 501(c)onsulting, will serve as PEF president. Other officers include:

  • Vice President of Development: Rebecca Elizondo, senior director, Any Baby Can
  • Vice President of Finance: Kelly Daniel, senior manager, Kleinfelder, Inc.
  • Vice President of Marketing: Kat Pitman, Technology Solutions director, CEEAS
  • Vice President of Programs: Eric Bowles, assistant director, UT-Austin UTeach-Liberal Arts
  • Secretary: Ana Duarte, branch manager, A+ Federal Credit Union in Pflugerville
  • Member at Large Ken D’Alfonso, retired U.S. Air Force and PCDC board member
  • Pflugerville ISD Superintendent of Schools: Dr. Doug Killian
  • Foundation Executive Director: Allison Kane

“This year’s Foundation Board of Directors consists of a diverse group of parents, educators, administrators, elected officials, community members and local business leaders ready to serve Pflugerville ISD,” Kane said. “Each board member new and current brings a unique set of skills to help PEF fulfill its mission.”

The Foundation also elected seven new board members:

  • Dr. Ghada Abdallah: optometrist, mEYE Vision Care
  • Gayle Heath: CEO, Alliance Transportation Group, Inc.
  • Jason Kemp: owner, Growler Bar
  • Jeremy Martorell: Pflugerville ISD Extended Day program manager
  • Jodi Leckbee Chan: National Institute for Excellence in Teaching executive director of Training
  • Mary Kimmins: PfISD board Trustee and LCM Consulting partner
  • Ty Weitzel: general manager, Typhoon Texas

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Campus Grants

Campus grants of up to $10,000 are awarded each year at Convocation in August. Applications are now available for Campus Principals to submit to PEF for review. Deadline for submission is August 1, 2018. Click the links below for the forms.

2018-19 Campus Grant Criteria

2018 Campus Grant Application

2018 Grant Technology Approval Form

SurPrize Patrol May 2018

Ten Innovative Teaching Grants Awarded During SurPrize Patrol Visits

And the winners are…the more than 24,000 Pflugerville Independent School District students who will reap the benefits for years to come in grants awarded by the Pflugerville Education Foundation on May 25th. >> Read more.

2018 PfISD Employee Recognition Banquet

Pflugerville ISD honored teacher and staff excellence as it hosted the 2018 PfISD Employee Recognition Banquet on May 15th.

The evening was highlighted by the presentation of district and campus Teacher of the Year awards, as well as campus Rookie Teacher of the Year, campus Humanitarian of the Year and district Support Staff of the Year awards. The district also applauded its retirees and employees with 20 to 35 years of service.

Annalee Miller of Pflugerville Elementary was named District Elementary Teacher of the Year, while Brenda Baker of Pflugerville Middle School was named District Secondary Teacher of the Year. They each received gold rings from Herff Jones, Dell laptop computers and a $500 contribution from the Pflugerville Education Foundation.

Taylor Wright of Timmerman Elementary was named District Rookie Teacher of the Year (Elementary), while Joseph Hodge of Connally High School was named District Rookie Teacher of the Year (Secondary). They each received $250 cash awards from the Pflugerville Education Foundation.  >>Read more.

Luminary Awards

Luminary Awards

The 2018 Luminary Awards for Educational Excellence event was held May 2nd. The purpose of the reception is to provide scholarships and recognize graduating seniors from each high school, along with the teachers who have significantly impacted the students’ lives.

Mott & Noah Rodriguez Scholarships

Franklin Nicolas Afenkhena and Brodie Mazyrack were named recipients of the Noah Rodriguez Memorial Scholarship. Afenkhena attends Hendrickson High School; Mazyrack is a Pflugerville High School student.

Established by Charles and Vernagene Mott, the Mott Scholarship is intended to encourage and supplement the recipient’s educational pursuits in the medical, scientific, or engineering fields.

The Noah Rodriguez Memorial Scholarship was established to provide Engineering scholarships to high school graduates in memory of Noah, a student of PfISD who passed away in 2013.

The scholarships will be awarded at the Luminary Awards on May 2nd. More info.


Ambassador of Education Awards

The Ambassador of Education Awards were established by the Pflugerville Education Foundation to recognize outstanding PfISD alumni who have achieved distinction that reflects well on our district, and community volunteers/businesses who have given time, expertise and financial support to PfISD. The award recipients’ dedication and commitment furthers the Foundation’s mission to provide resources to help PfISD students reach their full potential. Up to five Ambassador of Education awards are presented annually at the Pflugerville Education Foundation Gala.

Read more.




New Scholarship Created and Awarded

Trista Gerner is the recipient of the first‐ever Pflugerville Education Foundation Mott Scholarship. Gerner is a Hendrickson High School student. The scholarship was presented at the 2017 Luminary Awards reception on May 3rd.

Established by Charles and Vernagene Mott, the Mott Scholarship is intended to encourage and supplement the recipient’s educational pursuits in the medical, scientific, or engineering fields.

Read more.

First Luminary Award reception held

Luminary AwardsThe 2017 Luminary Award for Educational Excellence reception was held Wednesday, May 3rd at the Rock Gym. The purpose of the reception is to provide scholarships that recognize graduating seniors from each high school and the teachers who have significantly impacted the students’ lives.

Honorees were:

  • Luminary: Khala Hanson, Pflugerville High School
    Mentoring Educator: April Hundl
  • Luminary: Deisy Hernandez, Connally High School
    Mentoring Educator: Elizabeth Harrelson
  • Luminary: Mitchell McDonald, Pflugerville High School
    Mentoring Educator: Mary Pennington
  • Luminary: Breanna Portillo, Hendrickson High School
    Mentoring Educator: Tonya Allen
  • Luminary: Lauren Yamthe, Connally High School
    Mentoring Educator: Michelle Melton
  • Luminary: Madysen Zamora, Hendrickson High School
    Mentoring Educator: Amy Wiesenhutter

Read more.

PEF joins Amplify Austin

Amplify AustinPflugerville Education Foundation aims to raise $5,000 through Amplify Austin. Besides the Innovative Teaching grants, the organization supports PfISD through a variety of programs, recognitions and other grants. Others include Campus, New Teacher and Community grants, each awarded on an annual basis.

The Foundation participated in Amplify Austin for the first time, but the fundraising effort is in its fifth year. Last year, it raised $8.5 million for more than 600 Central Texas nonprofits. Click here for more information.

The Foundation hosted a celebration party, where donations were made in person, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 3 at Cheddar’s, 15119 N. Interstate 35, Pflugerville. Donations may continue to be made online.

New Teacher Innovative Grants Awarded

A number of teachers new to PfISD received fun surprises and special gifts recently. Check out our SurPrize Patrol in action as we gave out over $10,000 in grants for innovative teaching at several schools.

PEF and PCDC help district land food trailer

PACE students serve PEF and PCDC Board members from their new food trailer.

Pflugerville Academic Center of Excellence (PACE) students served up dinner to Pflugerville Education Foundation board members at the PfISD Administration Building. The meal was made in a new mobile kitchen provided through a Pflugerville Community Development Corporation/Pflugerville Education Foundation grant worth $50,000.

“This helps the students at PACE learn a new trade,” said PEF Executive Director Allison Kane. “The Foundation’s goal is to help all students in PfISD reach their potential. This type of grant is exactly what we want.”

The mobile kitchen allows PACE students to receive culinary classroom instruction, with a goal of utilizing it at three to four events throughout the school year.

Aramark funded food handler and food manager courses for students and PACE Principal Mike Harvey, while Snappy Snacks Mobile Catering owner Tom Ramsey allowed students to use the business’ facilities for the event.

Students cooked fried chicken pieces with pan-fried potatoes and corn for the PEF Board.

Check out the TV coverage on the food trailer.

2016 Schoolhouse Scramble – Supporting Innovation

District initiatives support creativity, push the boundaries of contemporary education, and are made possible in part through events such as the Foundation’s annual Schoolhouse Scramble golf tournament.

“The Foundation uses golf tournament funds for a variety of grants and education-based programs, including its Innovative Teacher, Community and Campus grants,” said Foundation Executive Director Allison Kane. “This is our 11th year and we’re bringing in a lot of new donors so we can continue to support some incredible programs within PfISD.”

The golf tournament, held on a beautiful day in October, was a great success, raising more than $53,000 to support innovation in PfISD.

2016-17 Campus Grant Awarded

Pflugerville Elementary School is the recipient of the $10,000 PEF Campus Grant for 2016-17. The announcement was made at the PfISD Convocation on August 11th. The grant will fund a Mobile STEM Lab for the school.

As PES Principal Genia Antoine stated, “Leaders in education agree that math and science form the foundation for innovation. How do we support our students’ success within those areas? STEM education provides inquiry-based learning that supports hands-on problem-solving across curriculum. A Mobile STEM Lab would share the benefits of STEM education with our students. We envision a resource rich in tools to bring STEM projects into every classroom on our campus to improve our students’ math and science performance.”

Congratulations to PES Principal Genia Antoine and her staff. We look forward to hearing how the Mobile STEM Lab is used this year.

Foundation Elects New Officers

The Pflugerville Education Foundation elected new officers for the 2016-17 school year at its most recent Board of Directors meeting. Read more.

Foundation Awards Innovative Teaching Grants

The Pflugerville Education Foundation’s “SurPrize Patrol Team” presented more than $34,000 in grants to Pflugerville ISD staff at eight campuses. Read more.

American Legion contributes to Foundation

Kerlin-Lyerly American Legion Post 154 presented a check for $500 to the Pflugerville Education Foundation during a membership meeting at the Pflugerville Public Library on April 11, 2016. Read more.


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