The Temple Education Foundation develops community support to expand financial resources that enrich teaching and inspire learning to maximize opportunities for all students in the Temple Independent School District.
Bring the community together to maximize TISD student & classroom success.
Support Temple ISD teachers and students to enrich, inspire, and encourage learning.
Temple Education Foundation History
The idea to establish an education foundation to help students achieve post-secondary goals originated in a 1988 community-wide strategic planning meeting. Then Superintendent Jack Reeves and his staff brought the idea to life and created the Temple Education Foundation.
The Temple Education Foundation (TEF) was founded during the 1990-1991 school year with the help of the first chairperson Shirley Strasburger (1990-1992). In the first year, TEF raised enough money to award $200 scholarships to several Temple HS seniors and began sponsoring a Top Student Recognition Dinner.
The chairpeople following Ms. Strasburger included: Eva Marie Tranum (1992-1994), Sally Myers (1994-1996), Bob Cox (1996-1998), Bill Jones (1998-2004), Ken Higdon (2004-2007), Danny Dunn (2007-2009), Laura Cloud (2009-2011), Cheryl Jones (2011-2013), Dan Posey (2013-2014), Kristi Burke (2014-2016), Dan Posey (2016-17), Velencia Allen (2017-18), and Shannon Myers (2018-19). The current Board Chairperson is Becky Montgomery. From 1990 – 2008, Mary Lou Jeter served as the foundation’s secretary. Dr. Robin Battershell, former Superintendent of TISD, filled the role of TEF’s Secretary from 2009 to 2018.
In 2010, TEF took over the Grow Your Own program, now known as the I Teach Temple Scholarship program. Temple High School students wishing to pursue a degree in education can apply for this $10,000 grant. $7,500 of this grant is awarded while the student is enrolled in a university and the remaining $2,500 is given as a signing bonus for students returning to Temple to teach.
The Temple Education Foundation is led by a 33 member board that continues to support student scholarships ($70,000 in 2017), Innovative Teaching Grants ($55,000 in 2017), and the recognition of outstanding students and teachers. In 2015, Jean Coley volunteered to be the first executive director. In June 2016, TEF hired its first paid executive position to Chris McGilvery, the Executive Director. In Feb. 2017, the Executive Director position was changed to Executive Assistant and Bobbi Kral was hired.
In 2019, the TEF Board determined an Executive Director was needed to move the Temple Education Foundation forward. Kristy Brischke was hired in the fall of 2019 to take on this role.
Funding for TEF scholarships and teaching grants relies on community donations through a variety of programs and events, such as: