Welcome to the Talbot County Education Foundation!

Our mission is to engage the community in funding innovative, unique and expanded academic, enrichment and extracurricular programs aligned with the TCPS 2020 Vision Strategic Plan.

TCPS Education Foundation Advisory Board

The Talbot County Public Schools Education Foundation is pleased to announce its inaugural Advisory Board. The Foundation was formed in October of 2016 in partnership with the Mid-Shore Community Foundation. Its mission is to engage and utilize community resources to provide Talbot County Public Schools students and teachers with otherwise unavailable enrichment opportunities that will enhance the TCPS educational experience and produce exceptional graduates.

Advisory Board Members

Patrick Fitzgerald - Chair, TCPS Alumnus, Partner, Ewing, Dietz, Fountain & Kaludis, P.A.

Laura P. Heikes - Vice Chair, Senior Vice President Government and Community Relations Officer, Shore United Bank

Rebecca Firth, Ph.D. Former TCPS Parent, Retired Teacher and Learning Specialist

Juanita Hopkins TCPS alumnus and former parent, Attorney, Talbot County Board of Education Member

F. Graham Lee Former TCPS Parent, Vice President for Philanthropy, Shore Regional Health

Victoria Gomez Lozano TCPS Parent, Hispanic Outreach Coordinator, Chesapeake Multicultural
Resource Center

Richard Marks Chief Executive Officer, Arbre Group Holding Corp.

JoAnn Asparagus Murray Former TCPS Parent, Former Talbot County Board of Education Member, Magistrate, Caroline County Circuit Court

David Short,CPA TCPS Parent, Former TCPS Board Member and PTO President, Managing Partner, Weaver Mavity Short Associates, LLC

2020 Fund

  • Encourage innovative teaching and creative learning by making grants to support initiatives such as new curriculum programs and teaching tools.
  • Support programs that engage our students in areas of academics enrichment, arts and athletics, extra-curricular and service activities.
  • Facilitate opportunities for educators to enhance learning and student accessthrough the use of new techniques, projects and tools.
  • Provide grants for a single classroom, grade level, school or entire district, or a school level extra-curricular activity.
  • Increase community and business involvement with TCPS through expanded partnerships.

(Gifts to the 2020 Fund are tax deductible.)

Endowment Fund

To sustain the services provided by the foundation and focus on growing a permanent endowment to benefit the district’s students. (Gifts to the Endowment Fund are tax deductible.)


  • Handheld Technology/Digital Classroom
  • Environmental Education
  • Field Trips
  • Professional Development
  • Early Literacy
  • Grants 4 Teachers
  • Green Initiatives
  • Before and After School Enrichment/Intervention (SMASH)
  • One School One Book
  • Internships/Externships
  • Expanded Advanced Placement and Career and Technology Education

Donor Levels

  • Superintendent's Circle - $50,000+
  • Summa Cum Laude - $25,000+
  • Magna Cum Laude - $10,000+
  • Cum Laude - $5,000+
  • Honor Society - $2,500+
  • Principals Honor Roll - $1,000+
  • Honor Roll - $250-$999
  • Scholar - Up to $250

Click for the Honor a Teacher Donation Form

This is an opportunity to recognize teachers who dedicate their lives to building young minds. They spend weekends writing lesson plans, take the time to put stickers on tests, stay late after school to run extracurricular clubs, and always have another essay to grade. Their energy and commitment to their students’ success reminds all of us that not all heroes wear capes.

We all have that one teacher who we still remember long after we’ve left school. The Honor a Teacher Program is a great way to say “Thank You” to those teachers and/or other TCPS staff who have a positive impact on students’ education and school experience.

Your gift will honor your child’s teacher and will help support the innovative and exciting programs that the Education Foundation will support in our schools through the 2020 Fund.

When you make a gift through this program, your honoree will receive a special certificate explaining why he or she is being recognized along with recognition in our staff newsletter and on TCPS social media and websites.

Gifts in any amount are welcome and much appreciated. All gift amounts are confidential and never disclosed to the honoree. It’s easy, just complete the form to the right and click "submit". You will be directed to a page with instructions for making your donation on-line or by mail.