Spring 2023

Tee Up and Make a Difference

Thursday, April 20

Rancho Bernardo Inn

7:30AM Registration

8:30AM Shotgun Start

You still have time to sign up as a sponsor for the 15th Annual Partners in Education Golf Classic. We need sponsors and players, so please sign up today! Your participation will help to make a significant difference in the education of our students.

Thanks to business sponsors’ generosity, Poway Unified School District Foundation will be able to continue to support a variety of college and career activities, and STEAM experiences (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) for students.

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College and Career Fair

The annual PUSD College and Career Fair was held on Wednesday, March 22 at Del Norte High School. This annual event provides high school students and their families with information about the variety of college and career opportunities.

Representatives from over 130 colleges, universities, technical schools, apprenticeship programs, the military, and business partners attended the fair. Students had the chance to learn more about schools and programs, and were able to discuss college and career options with representatives.

We would like to thank the following business partners for participating in and sponsoring the College and Career Fair.

Erickson-Hall Construction, City of Poway, Discount Tire, Elite Prep San Diego-Pacific Highlands, Hammer Prep Inc., Horizons Abroad, Huntington Learning Center, LHD Insurance & Financial Services, Meridian Prep, Paradigm Test Prep & Tutoring, Revolution Prep, and Tutor Doctor.

Foundation Board Member Profiles

Joe Britton

Joe Britton is Senior Public Affairs Manager for SDG&E and has over 20 years of professional experience working in communications and public affairs in San Diego, including 10 years of working as a journalist. Joe has served on the Foundation board for close to five years and is on the Strategic Planning and Development Committees. Joe is also an active member of the North San Diego Business Chamber and serves on the board of directors and is the chair of the Economic Development and Advocacy Advisory Council.


As a parent of both a middle school and a high school student, Joe understands the financial needs and challenges that schools face. When asked why he chose to joined the board, Joe said, "Volunteering on the Foundation board allows me to give back to my community and help make a difference for all students in PUSD and our future workforce."

Anita Edmondson

Anita Edmonson is the vice president of the Green Valley Civic Association (GVCA) and has been an active member of the Poway Chamber of Commerce where she served as board chair in 2020-21. Anita is the Content Coordinator for Poway Living magazine. As a writer and graphic designer, Anita has been an integral part of the Foundation's marketing efforts since joining the board in 2018.

As a resident of Poway, both of Anita's children attended PUSD. When asked why she serves on the board, Anita said, "The more enhanced learning experiences students are exposed to, the better chance they have of discovering their passions for a successful and fulfilling future. It is uplifting to see how dedicated the district and the foundation are to bringing additional STEAM opportunities to PUSD students."

Robert Gravina

Bob Gravina has worked in the Educational Technology Industry for 20 years. Currently he is the president of Evolution Learning, A Technology Consultancy, specializing in technology for Education and Government. Prior to founding Evolution Learning, Bob served as the Chief Information and Technology Officer for the Poway Unified School District for 15 years. Under his leadership, Poway became a nationally acclaimed technology leader in the education field.

Bob has served on the board for over eight years and is active on the Golf Classic Committee, the Strategic Planning Committee and the Investment Sub-Committee of the PUSD Foundation. When asked why he chose to serve on the board Bob said, “To support the great work that the Foundation does in support of PUSD and to endure the continued financial strength of the Foundation in support of Learning.”

Looking for workers?

Consider Hiring a Transition Student

Denise Mary-Callander Stein from Addy’s Bistro contacted our office to inquire about hiring PUSD students for her restaurant in the Poway Business Park. A connection was made between Denise and Laura Estremera, a Career/Life Skills Technician for the PUSD Adult Transition Program at Abraxas High School. Several Abraxas Adult Transition students have experience working at restaurants in a variety of capacities. Denise hired one of our students with a developmental disability. In addition, on a weekly basis, two other students volunteered at the restaurant to perform light duties such as folding napkins and labeling jelly jars.


This is a win-win for Addy’s and our students in the Adult Transition Program. Working at the restaurant allows students to gain valuable work experience, helps to prepare them for a career, and instills in them a sense of responsibility and confidence. "We are in dire need of a light assembly type job site. We will pay the students, provide a job coach, and student employees will be covered under the District’s Workers Compensation," said Laura Estremera. To learn more about this program contact businesses contact Laura at [email protected] or click on the link below.

In addition to this great opportunity, Special Education Director, Tiffany King, shares that the Adult Transition Program will be transforming the café at the District office into “the kitchen tABLE,” a café that has a goal of one day becoming a small business run completely by adults with disabilities. Students from the Abraxas Adult Transition Program will be initially utilizing this space to practice culinary, hospitality, and business management skills with a Special Education CTE teacher. If you are interested in supporting this new venture, please contact Tiffany King at [email protected] or 858-521-2815.  

Adult Transition Program Video

Save the Date for the CTE EXPO


May 18, 2023

6 PM to 8 PM

Mickey Cafagna Community Center

At the end of each school year, students look forward to the CTE Expo. This annual event provides students with an opportunity to showcase what they have learned in their CTE classes.

The CTE program offers challenging courses and CTE pathways that help prepare students for college, career and life. A CTE pathway is a sequence of two or more CTE courses within a student's area of career interest. Pathways are designed to connect high school classes to college, industry certifications, and/or a career.

CTE Expo Video

These courses encourage students to use their academic and technical knowledge/creativity to help solve real‐world problems, create meaningful products, explore future careers and network with industry professionals.

Exposing students at an early age to career pathways ensures that students are prepared to compete in a global economy and that our students will be well positioned to meet the state and regional workforce needs of the 21st century.

Partners in Education

To learn more about the Partners in Education program or the PUSD Foundation, contact Dolores Canizales at 858-668-4028 [email protected]

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