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PEF Awards $25K in Grants to Teachers

The grants will pay for field trips, science lessons, art projects and more at Palos Verdes public schools.

Chuck Miller (center) is surrounded by 23 of this year’s 29 teacher grant winners awarded a total of $25,000 to support innovative classroom projects and lessons along with Peninsula Education Foundation president Deidre Mann. Photo courtesy PEF.
Chuck Miller (center) is surrounded by 23 of this year’s 29 teacher grant winners awarded a total of $25,000 to support innovative classroom projects and lessons along with Peninsula Education Foundation president Deidre Mann. Photo courtesy PEF.
About 30 teachers in the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District received a total of $25,000 in Chuck Miller grants from the Peninsula Education Foundation.

The 33 grants, which were awarded in November at the PEF's Autumn Harvest event, are named after former PVPUSD principal, past president of PEF and local business leader Chuck Miller. Funding for the grants come from an annual donation from Miller, as well as additional funding from PEF.

The grants will pay for field trips, art projects, Shakespeare studies, science lessons and more. A complete list of grants is available online at pvpef.org.

All K-12 teachers in the PVPUSD are eligible for the grants, which are designed to enhance and complement curriculum already being taught.

The 34-year-old PEF is aiming to raise more than $3 million for public schools in Palos Verdes this year.

Peninsula Education Foundation grant winners

Elementary Schools

  • Jill Beall, Soleado Elementary School
  • Shannon Bogart, Lunada Bay Elementary School
  • Elisa Buda, Point Vicente Elementary School
  • Kathy Burson, Soleado
  • Kathryn Chin, Point Vicente
  • Carolyn Christensen, Valmonte Elementary School
  • Mariana Donahoe, Soleado
  • Amy Eastman, Montemalaga Elementary School
  • Bryan Godmbod, Mira Catalina Elementary School
  • Valaree Ingrassia, Vista Grande Elementary School
  • Pamela Mullowney, Dapplegray Elementary School
  • Anita Oudega, Silver Spur Elementary School
  • Alex Sams, Rancho Vista Elementary School
  • Suzanne Wildey, Cornerstone at Pedregal Elementary School

Intermediate Schools

  • Jesse Allen, Ridgecrest Intermediate School
  • Robyn Benjamin, Palos Verdes Intermediate School
  • Sue Demergian, PVIS
  • Scott Garman, PVIS
  • Eric Hendrickson, Ridgecrest
  • Campbell Nimick, Miraleste Intermediate School
  • Scot Oschman, Ridgecrest
  • Alison Seymour, Ridgecrest

High Schools

  • Maureen Kealey, Palos Verdes Peninsula High School
  • Ashley Maxwell, PVPHS
  • Stephanie Peppermuller, PVPHS
  • Joe Pinkelman, Palos Verdes High School
  • Rob Snodgrass, PVPHS
  • Fred Steiner, PVPHS
  • Jacqueline A. Valerio, PVPHS


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