Testimonials

Greg Allison
“PIE is an amazing partner toward the educational mission and outcomes of our schools. The funded projects and grants have provided teachers the tools to make a real difference in student learning and achievement on Vashon Island. I am honored to be affiliated with a community that supports and enhances its schools in such a fashion.”

Greg Allison
Principal, McMurray

Diane Brenno
“Without PIE, Lunch Club would be boring!!!”

Diane Brenno
Chautauqua Elementary School

Kim Davis

“PIE is an essential part of our community and educational system. Because of generous funding by PIE Seventh Grade Mathematics now has a Document Presentation System that allows the students to view documents under the camera in an enlarged, clear format, and share their work under the camera so that they can more fully explain their thought processes, which generates stimulating class discussions and increases understanding about the concepts. The seventh graders and I thank PIE for access to this new technology which has so effectively supported our curriculum and learning on a regular basis.”

Kim Davis
McMurray Middle School

Tom DeVries

“Engineers build. Too few students have hands-on building experience because multiple sets of equipment are expensive. PIE dollars provided the equipment and may have given us a few new engineers.”

Tom DeVries
Vashon High School

Jim Gilmour

“Our program is based on students learning at home and not in the classroom. It is imperative that we develop creative ways to support our parent teachers with resources that meet state standards but are easy to use at home. We appreciate PIE’s partnership in this venture.”

Jim Gilmour
Teacher, FamilyLink

Nan Hammett

“StudentLink is an unusual and unique program, not only in the district, but also in the state and country. We appreciate PIE’s support of a truly independent learning program for teens by generously donating requested funds to enhance independent studies.”

Nan Hammett
StudentLink

Susan Hanson

“Partners in Education creates the ‘practical magic’ that allows teachers to challenge and inspire their students. A set of calculators, an overhead projector, new novels, a field trip and more – all assist teachers in moving beyond the usual routine and to become more creative in their lessons. Having the proper tools makes it easier to teach.”

Susan Hanson
Principal, Vashon High School

Greg Hoerner

“Many topics in algebra are much easier to teach when students have graphing calculators. Without the calculators, students must hand draw each line or parabola – this makes teaching concepts such as slope, X & Y intercepts, and so on much more difficult and time consuming. I sincerely appreciate the grant from PIE. It ends up making my job much more productive.”

Greg Hoerner
Math, Vashon High School

Evan Justin

“So many times, PIE is the critical difference between a good idea, and doing good work. The application process is functional, transparent, and responsive. Unlike many other granting agencies I’ve worked with, I have yet to find an apparent toss-off or haphazard award – they seem to (successfully) sweat every penny & detail, without putting any stumbling blocks in the path of the applicant. Given PIE’s nothing short of spectacular fundraising capacity from our very generous community, I feel very confident in the concrete expressions of support from my community in my pursuit of the very best in educational endeavors I can imagine and articulate. From telescopes, to digital microscopes, and everyplace in between, PIE helps me hit the elusive student experience sweet-spot, wherever or whatever it takes.”

Evan Justin
McMurray Middle School

Gail Labinski

“Students LOVE math Wrap-Ups. They are challenged to build up their speed and fluency with math facts. When I take them away to share with other classes, they protest – and applaud when I bring them back. Practicing math facts is fun with math Wrap-Ups funded by PIE.”

Gail Labinski
Chautauqua Elementary School

Dr. Terry Lindquist

“On behalf of the school board and our district, I wish to extend our thanks for your incredible funding of forty nine grants for the 2008-2009 school year in the amount of $47,797. Your generosity is enormously appreciated. You and our community continue to enhance and enrich the educational opportunities in our schools which are to important to our students’ success.”

Dr. Terry Lindquist
Superintendent

Cornelius Lopez

“PIE makes teaching math 3.141592653589793238… times better! The things that PIE provides for the classroom would simply not be available any other way.”

Cornelius Lopez
McMurray Middle School

Kristine Nelson

“PIE is a lifesaver! I needed updated assessments for students at the High School & McMurray Middle School. The PIE committee was generous, flexible and provided support for a new staff member who needed materials. These assessment tools would not have been available without PIE support.”

Kristine Nelson
School Psychologist

Karen Person

“Having primary source material from early colonial times is an invaluable resource for students searching for America’s beginnings.”

Karen Person
Humanities, McMurray Middle School

Carrie Power

“PIE provides funding for projects and items that directly impact Vashon students’ education.”

Carrie Power
McMurray Middle School

Steve Sears

“The PIE grant made possible a great math experience for our students not budgeted by department funds.”

Steve Sears
Vashon High School

Becky Shigley

“The PE budget is very limited and the PIE grant has been a huge relieve to me. Thank you.”

Becky Shigley
Vashon High School

Karen Stendahl

“PIE provided access to literature for my students that broadens their awareness and understanding of the world, at their reading ability level.”

Karen Stendahl
Special Education, McMurray Middle School

Yve Susskind

“StudentLink students and faculty appreciate the openness of PIE to fund the kinds of materials and resources real teenagers and real teachers need in today’s world. Our approach is to take the individual student into consideration when we design their curriculum, and we appreciate that PIE treats our program with the same individualized attention.”

Yve Susskind
Teacher, StudentLink

Terry Swift

“PIE is the embodiment of the Vashon community’s spirit of support for its schools and students.”

Terry Swift
McMurray Middle School

Rochelle Wolfe

“PIE is the essence of good partnering – community support plus educator’s creativity equals great learning opportunities for students.”

Rochelle Wolfe
Chautauqua Elementary School