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Email: Foundation





Mailing Address:

30 East Texar Drive, Suite 113

Pensacola, FL 32503

Office: 850-469-5354

Fax: 850-469-5612

Photo of Jo McArthur, our Executive DirectorExecutive Director
Jo McArthur

Read Jo's bio to learn more


Rhonda Mathews,
Executive Assistant
Bookkeeping services available on Tuesdays

Lauren Cleary, 
 VISTA Volunteer

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Sally Lee,
Student Services & Mentor Coordinator

Jeanne Kimberl,
College Success Coach


Escambia County Public Schools Foundation for Excellence, Inc.

If you want to make change in our community—lasting change for individuals, families and the future of our entire community— you can start by partnering with us.  We know our schools can’t do it alone and our purpose is to foster the investment and involvement it takes for every student to realize their full potential.

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Teachers and students, have a great summer! (Photo cred: Vicko Mozara on


The mission of the Escambia County Public Schools Foundation is to enhance education by investing in our children's future to ensure they graduate on time and are college or career ready.  

Established in 1986, we are recognized as the district-wide education foundation for public schools in Escambia County.  We work collaboratively with school leaders to determine how and where private-sector investment and volunteer involvement can have the greatest impact on student success.

Donations can enhance Grants for Excellence for schools, Golden Apple Awards Banquet for Teachers of the Year, Academic and MIRA Awards Ceremonies for outstanding students, or Take Stock in Children events and scholarships for deserving students.

As a member of the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations, we are part of a collegial community committed to building partnerships, innovating leading practices and impacting students coast to coast.  Each year we have access to 1:1 matching funds from the State of Florida for contributions that support eligible classroom initiatives. Ask us for details about how to double your investment in our community's future!


Is your dad an Auburn, Alabama, or Georgia fan? Well, we have the perfect idea for a Father's Day gift: Get your dad a university license plate for a fun gift that will also support local education! 

If you are a Florida resident, you can "Support Education" by purchasing, renewing, or gifting a specialty license plate that promotes the importance of education in the Sunshine State. For each tag sold, $20 is donated directly to your county's local education foundation to support local initiatives. Please click the license plate below and select the special interest category to order yours today!  

Florida Support Education License Plate

You can also Support Education with University tags for Auburn, Alabama, and Georgia




2020-2021 Annual Award Recipients:

  • Partner of the Year - Blues Angel Music
  • Board Member of the Year - Lee Hansen
  • Friend of the Year - ECSD IT Department

Click for a list of historical recipients.




Our Foundation is Proud to Support the Following Programs:

Florida Prepaid College Savings Plans



Florida Kid Care Health and Dental Insurance, Healthy Kids

Thank you


  • Executive Committee Meeting - 2nd Tuesday of each month from 1-2 PM

  • Board of Director Meeting - 4th Tuesday of each month from 11:30 AM to 1 PM



Shannon Addison
Independent Contractor

Jackie Biggs
Navy Federal Credit Union

Rick Byars
Gulf Power 

Tristan DeSorbo

Julie Dyson
Take Stock in Children, Leadership Council

Adetoun Evans
Members First Credit Union

Sonya Fowler
Family Heating & Air

Lee Hansen, Chair
The Global Corner

Samarys Kervin
Escambia County Council of PTAs

Emily Lalas
Saltmarsh, Cleaveland, & Gund

John McCorvey Jr.
Casks & Flights

Andrew McNair
SWAN Capital

Marcia Nowlin
Retired Teacher, ECSD

Beth Partington, Chair Elect
Next Level College Consulting

John Pecore, Past Chair
University of West Florida

Erin Ramos-Luttrell
Global Business Solutions, Inc.

Debbie Rhodes, Secretary
The First Bank

Michelle Salzman
Salz Studio

Ed Sheffield, Treasurer
Nowak Enterprises, Inc.

Kristin Taylor
Cox Communications

Eddie Thompson

Darzell Warren
Escambia Education Association


Northwest Florida Career Pathways