The money raised last year by the Foundation is now funding salaries for six
Educational Assistants (EAs), one for every grade level. EAs provide critical support for our teachers including facilitating small group sessions and reviewing student assignments. It is also funding our Math/STEM specialist.
One-third of funds raised go to the Fund for PPS to provide equity in funding for district schools that do not have the benefit of a foundation such as ours. Your contribution not only supports Duniway-- it also promotes equity across our district.
Please donate online, or bring a check made out to Duniway Foundation to the school office. Online donation allows us to reach a much wider audience than in prior years and we encourage you to forward this to other family members, friends, or business leaders.
We encourage you to give what you are able. Across our school community, some families are able to donate more, some less. In past years, donations ranged from $25 to $5000.
We would like every family to participate during the campaign. You do not have to donate to participate! If you are not able to donate this year, submit the Participate form to log your support for the Foundation. The one classroom with the most participation will receive an ice cream party!
Any contribution, at whatever level possible, makes a difference in the quality of your child’s education. Direct donations and corporate matching combined help the school hire essential staff members to support our teachers and students!
The Duniway Foundation’s Annual Campaign is one of the primary ways that we raise money for Duniway teaching positions not covered by Portland Public Schools and for other educational programs.
I was able to use the money raised last year by the Foundation to fund salaries for six Educational Assistants (EAs), one for every grade level, providing critical support for teachers and students. This fundraiser is one of the ways we keep Duniway’s student-teacher ratios low making a direct impact on the quality of education for your kids. I also used the money to hire a Math/STEM specialist to work with students and teachers in this critical area.
You may remember green envelopes in the past, but this year contributions can be made online. I encourage every family to donate what they are able to this year. As we work to support students throughout the transition back to in person learning, I know that these funds will be essential to continue to provide the best support for your kids.
Hello my name is Sarah, and this is my fourth year working as the Kindergarten EA.
I am so pleased to be able to be part of the Kindergarten team once again. As well as teaching art lessons every week, I work with the teachers to support them in planning, admin and assessment. I will also be working with small groups to help support them in their learning.
I have two middle school boys, a sixth grader at ACCESS Academy and a seventh grader at Sellwood Middle School, both Duniway Alums! I have always been an involved member of the Duniway community—having served on the DAS board, led the Art program and as a former PTA President.
I know how important the first years of school are for kids. In England, I was a first grade teacher for many years. I then moved to Ethiopia and taught preschool and toddler music classes, before moving to Portland.
Working with the Kindergarteners is always fun because you never know what they are going to say next!
Hello Duniway first grade families, my name is Jennifer Bamer. I have been an Eastmoreland resident for almost 20 years. All three of my children are Duniway Elementary graduates and I am thrilled to be a part of the Duniway community again!
Prior to my role as a First Grade Educational Assistant at Duniway, I have 11 years of teaching experience in the North Clackamas School District, primarily teaching 1st grade. The last few years I have spent as a substitute teacher for Grades K-8. I look forward to getting to know the students and families at Duniway.
Hello! My name is Cathy Hilburg and I am the 2nd grade EA. This is my first full year being an EA at Duniway. I am loving every minute of my time supporting your 2nd graders as an EA and working with the 2nd grade team. In previous years I have taught preschool and 4th grade. I have a degree in Adventure Recreation and a Masters of Arts in Teaching. I have two of my own children at Duniway (3rd & 5th) and feel so grateful to be a part of the Duniway family. I spend my school days supporting the 2nd grade teachers and helping with reading & writing mostly. I am always happy to support them in any other ways that they need me as well.
I was born and raised in St. Louis, MO, lived in Northern Virginia (DC) for nearly 9 years and have been in Portland for 6 years! Our family loves being in the PNW. When I am not at school, I am either taking my kids to soccer, ballet or drums, going camping, hiking, and or other outdoor adventures. My family loves to be outside!
Sue Ledgerwood is the EA supporting the third grade. This is her third year as an EA for PPS and second year at Duniway. A native of the Pacific Northwest, she graduated from the University of Portland before becoming the Chief Compliance Officer and Manager of Customer Service for an investment advisor. After her children were born, she discovered a passion for working with kids and did so in a volunteer capacity for years.
She has been very involved with her children’s school and PTA (including two years as President), but her favorite volunteer hours were the ones spent in the classroom or working with children. She is very excited to be working with your children this year!
Hello my name is Christy Suib and the students call me Ms. Christy. This is my 5th year as an EA at Duniway. As a mother of three children in PPS, I am very aware of the strengths, challenges, and absolute wonder of elementary-aged students. With the new school year underway, I continue to be amazed by my own children and yours, with their perseverance, compassion and willingness to help and teach each other.
I am also tuned into the challenges and hardships these students face. With my past work experience with at-risk and marginalized youth in Portland, including running programs for homeless, runaway, and youth involved in the Juvenile Justice System, I am passionate about young people and creating equitable access to education and learning. This always remains in the forefront of my work.
Hello Duniway families! My name is Jessica Dumas and I’m so excited to be supporting the 5th grade this year as an Educational Assistant. As a former teacher, EA, Duniway parent volunteer, and Eastmoreland resident, I truly know how special Duniway is to our community. It’s a special place full of people who really care about each other and endeavor to make it the best learning environment for your children….every single year! As a parent to two Duniway grads, I also bring a sense of understanding and gratitude for this generous, highly-skilled staff who care so deeply for our children.
I am thrilled to support such a strong team of educators who are at the top of their game, creating engaging activities and challenging lessons to reach all students…and here often is where my role fits in. I am fortunate to support that unique engagement, whether it’s working with a small group on a differentiated spelling lesson or teaching a small pullout algebra lesson, your teachers have your kids’ needs at the heart of their planning, and I get to support that targeted work with challenge or scaffolding where needed.
I am thrilled to be once again part of the wonderful Duniway community. Go Dragons!
We would like every family to participate during the campaign. You do not have to donate to participate! Just click the participate button below to log your support for the Foundation: