The 2017-2018 Virginia and David McElyea Scholarship for Educational Excellence scholarship recipient is Benjamin Karls, a student from Barry Goldwater High School who will be attending the University of Arizona this fall. In his essay he states: “As long as advancements in science and math have started, the key to innovation has been creative thinking. If the early mathematicians and scientists had not thought outside their known nature, new concepts and advancements could never have been made.”

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Congratulations 2017-2018 DVEF Teachers of the Year!! Thank you to our sponsors!: Discover Financial, Deer Valley Credit Union, McCarthy Building Companies, DLR Group, Valley Schools, Gary & Diana Feldman, DKG, AZ Broadway Threatre, smartschoolsplus, Grads Photography, and GET AWAY... TODAY.


Marie G. Brennan
Executive Director
Deer Valley Education Foundation



Welcome DVEF new Board Members:

  • Dena Cunningham, Vice President, Finance and Ethics Officer at ACSS.  She is also DVEF's new treasurer.
  • Kathy Northrop, Director of Pediatric Services and Mendy’s Place at John C. Lincoln Hospital – Deer Valley.
  • Maren Rosendahl ,  PTA President at Diamond Canyon School
  • Matt Bradford, Vice President, Foundation & Institutional Advisory Services at Northern Trust
  • Brad Kramer, President/ CEO of Grads Photography

DVEF’s Battle of the Books is a reading program funded by the Deer Valley Education Foundation for 5th and 6th grade students who team themselves in groups of up to three. Team members were assigned 4 pre-selected books for 3 competitions during the year, which means students read and answered questions from a total of 12 books outside their regular school work and all the household chores. The highest scoring team from each school is here today representing their school and their classmates.

This is the 5th year for DVEF Battle of the Books. In Year one, we had 8 schools participating with about 160 students. Now, in year 5, we have 27 schools participating with a total of 239 teams with over 700 students!! So you can see this is a very successful program that our kids LOVE!

Thanks to this program, and the participation of these students, the Deer Valley Education Foundation has donated a total of about 24,000 books to our school libraries!!

Thanks to our sponsors who help make this program available to our students:


~ Grad’s Photography – Brad Kramer, owner

AND DVEF Year - Long Sponsors:

~ Discover Financial and McCarthy Building Company

I’d also like to thank the media center specialists and teachers at each school who make this possible at your child’s school.


botb winners large 2018


botb winners small 2018

As many of you already know, The Deer Valley Education Foundation, a 501 (C) (3) nonprofit organization, funds programs that enrich the educational environment of our students and teachers in the Deer Valley Unified School District through teacher grants, student scholarships, aid to students, etc.  If you are already donate to the Foundation through payroll deductions, I want to thank you. Your support is very much appreciated!

Over the past 10 years, DVEF has contributed almost $1 million directly to DVUSD schools, teachers, students, and programs!  This could not happen without your help!

If you are still undecided about donation to the Deer Valley Education Foundation through a payroll deduction, please consider the following:

  • Half of your membership can be designated to your school or program of your choice.
  • 100% of your contribution stays within the Deer Valley Unified School District.
  • All program funds support projects that enrich the education of our students.
  • Your support will help fund the increasing needs of a fast growing school district that teaches over 36,500 students.
  • Your contribution can easily be made through a minimum payroll deduction each pay period.
  • Your membership is tax deductible.  

Your gift will not only help support the school or program of your choice, but also supports programs such as individual classroom projects (reading, science, math, technology, etc.), recognizes outstanding teachers, nurses, and administrators, provides scholarships and teacher grants; and also helps students in need of some very basic items.  We want to do so much more!

The funding for the Foundation is obtained through grants, corporate gifts, and special events such as the annual golf outing, but most noteworthy and meaningful are those contributions from you, our own DVUSD faculty and staff.

 Donation form  . If you would like to contribute and help support our students, teachers, and schools, please complete the form and return it to DVEF in the district office, attention Marie Brennan.  

Thanks in advance for contributing in any way you can.

Deer Valley Education Foundation

20402 N. 15th Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85027  /  Phone: (623) 445-5012  /   Fax: (623) 445-5087
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A Deer Valley Unified School District teacher spends on average $513 of their own income purchasing essential classroom materials to make up for shortfalls in state provided supplies and materials.  The Deer Valley Teachers Fund addresses this by offering concerned citizens the opportunity to assist our dedicated public school teachers in their important mission.

If you've already been informed and want to donate now, just click ->  Friends Of Deer Valley Teachers Fund
Note: School selection is provided if you want 1/2 of your donation to go to a specific school.

Why was the Fund established?
In an article in the Phoenix Business Journal, two reasons for teachers leaving this profession include low pay and insufficient classroom resources.  State funding for essential classroom supplies is inadequate, requiring our dedicated public school teachers to augment state funds with their own monies – on average $513 per teacher per year.  A group of concerned citizens felt this to be an unjust burden.  Sensing no relief through the legislative process any time soon, the Fund was created to help ease the burden by providing a means for citizens to make a direct contribution to public education.

My children are grown and gone and I pay property taxes.  Why should I care about this?
In the same Phoenix Journal article mentioned above, a decline in education eventually will snowball into a rapid decline in business moving into or staying in Arizona.  Public education is the bedrock of society.  Arizona is at the bottom in funding for education.  Our future depends upon more proactive engagement by all citizens, not just parents and teachers.  Donating to this fund is one way to make a difference.

How does the Fund work?
Donations are collected by the Deer Valley Education Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization. Teachers procure approved supplies and submit receipts to a volunteer committee, which then allocates funds up to a maximum per teacher per year according to need.

What kind of materials are covered?
Basic supplies and materials and some project related special purchases.  Approved supplies are monitored carefully by an experienced volunteer committee comprised of teachers and community volunteers.

What if I want my contribution to go to a particular school?
Contributors may designate up to one half of their donation to specific schools within the DVUSD; the remaining half is allocated throughout the district to non-designated schools to achieve balance.

Is my contribution eligible for tax consideration?
Donations qualify for 501(c)(3) status, but one should always consult a tax professional.

Where may I get more information?
Download our brochure,   or you can call 623-445-5012.

To donate: Select this ->  Friends Of Deer Valley Teachers Fund   It's that easy.  Note: School selection is provided if you want 1/2 of your donation to go to a specific school.

PHOENIX, Ariz. – May 3, 2011 – The Deer Valley Education Foundation (DVEF) donated $30,000 to the Deer Valley Unified School District to start a Science Resource Center (SRC) to be located in the Materials District Center. It is the largest grant DVEF has awarded the district. The funding will be used to pay for the support of shelves and other necessary supplies to stock Full Option Science System (FOSS) kits, a research-based science curriculum for grades K-6 developed at the Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California at Berkeley.

DVEF’s proudest accomplishment to date is voting to fund $30,000 for the DVEF Science Center. The DVEF Science Center will enable a centralized location to restock and organize the FOSS (Full Option Science System) Science kits which are distributed to teachers. The FOSS system is designed so students will experience hands-on science leading to greater and deeper understanding of science concepts as they apply their inquiry and data collection skills. Without DVEF's Science Center,the FOSS Program is hard for teachers to use. This center removes the obstacles for teachers and makes it easy for them to teach these science lessons.

Short Video of DVEF Science Center

If you have any questions or if you are interested in sponsoring a specific FOSS kit, please be sure to caotact Marie Brennan at 623-445-5012.






Thanks to BHHS Legacy Foundation, the Deer Valley Education Foundation is able to offer scholarships to aid financially eligible DVUSD junior and senior high school students who have an interest in any type of medical career. This scholarship will pay for dual enrollment classes and/or cover the costs of AP exams.


Each year, the Deer Valley Education Foundation raises funds for educational enrichment
programs for the students and teachers of the Deer Valley School District. Because of
programs we fund, students are presented with science challenges and math projects,
doors are opened to music appreciation, art is showcased, and history is brought alive for
thousands of students in our Deer Valley Schools. Future astronauts and pilots attend
Space Camp through our scholarships and high school juniors and seniors interested in the
health care field are offered dual enrollment scholarships and CTE. We also honor our
teachers and nurses each year with our Teacher of the Year and Nurse of the Year

For over 25 years, The Deer Valley Education Foundation has enriched the educational
experience in Deer Valley School District classrooms. Schools do not receive state or
federal funding for classroom pilot projects or expanding programs, nor is there money
for rewarding teachers for the outstanding dedication they exhibit to our children. These
are part of the experiences we add to the District.

We do what we can to raise the standards of education within our community to support
programs that strengthen our children’s educational experience, not only by supporting
their academic adventures, but also helping to build their character. Our goal is to meet
the needs of every child in every school.

Many businesses throughout our community partner with The Deer Valley Education,
including employee matching programs. DVUSD employees contribute to the Foundation
through payroll deductions. We are a United Way participant (write in agency code #836)
and we also have an annual golf fundraiser and auction – call for details on marketing
opportunities or foursome information. We are partners with Get Away Today Travel
Service, and of course we accept contributions, of which ½ can be designated to the
DVUSD school of your choice.

Please contact us at (623) 445-5012 or e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for additional
information or if you have any questions.


Marie Brennan

Marie Brennan
Executive Director

Please consider donating to the Deer Valley Education Foundation through your United Way payroll deductions.  All you need to do is write in our agency code (#836) and our agency name is Deer Valley Education Foundation (DVEF).  This is all the info you need to direct your funds to The Deer Valley Education Foundation. If you have any questions please be sure to contact Marie Brennan at 623-445-5012, and thanks again so much!!

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