The Foundation for Osceola Education, Inc.

aka Education Foundation ~ Osceola County   |   Kissimmee, FL   |


The mission of the Education Foundation~Osceola County is to bring resources and people together to support and enhance public education in Osceola County.

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Principal Officer

Kerry Avery

Co Principal Officer

Fred Hawkins

Main address

2310 New Beginnings Road Suite 118

Kissimmee, FL 34744 USA

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NTEE code info

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Scholarship Initiatives

The Scholarship Initiatives Program includes awarding scholarships, as well as free scholarship counseling services for students and parents. Assistance is given on applying to colleges, applying for scholarships, and applying for financial aid.

Population(s) Served

Bookmark Buddies is a successful literacy program designed to raise the reading levels of at-risk third grade students in Osceola County. The program targets third grade students who read below grade level and are at risk of scoring a Level 1 on the FSA. To improve reading skills and reduce the risk of retention, Bookmark Buddies matches these third grade students with trained mentors from the community. Once matched, the child and mentor meet once a week for thirty minutes in the child’s school using carefully selected reading materials at the child’s current reading level.

Population(s) Served
Non-adult children

A free teacher store providing school supplies for needy children in their classrooms, A Gift for Teaching-Osceola is stocked with donated surplus supplies, slightly damaged merchandise, individual gifts, and community donations through an annual school supply drive. The products are distributed at no cost to teachers who spend an average of more than $1,000 out of their own pockets to provide for their students and the more than 86% of students who are receiving free or reduced lunch in Osceola County.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
Children and youth

Take Stock in Children provides a unique opportunity for low-income and at-risk students, many from minority families, to escape the cycle of poverty through education.  We offer our students college and vocational scholarships, caring volunteer mentors, student advocates (case managers), early intervention, long-term support and hope for a better life.  Our comprehensive services begin in middle school, continue through high school and include transition into college.   Students sign contracts upon entry into the program agreeing to maintain at least a "C" average in all classes, no drugs/alcohol, good attendance, good behavior in and out of school, and meet with a volunteer mentor at school at least 30 minutes each week.  Upon graduation from high school, having met the terms of the contract, students are awarded two or four-year, tuition-free scholarships.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

The "Got College~Got Careers"? is a strong partnership between the Education Foundation, Valencia College, and the Osceola School District.  The program is designed to improve college entrance rate in Osceola County by offering: information sessions; bus tours to Valencia College and oTECH; college ambassadors visiting schools and speaking with students; a community calendar; and addressing college financial opportunities.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

The Education Foundation has two tracks in their Career Pipeline program, Medical and Construction. The Medical Pipeline Program serves as an avenue to increase the number of students choosing to pursue health care careers.  The program was designed to awaken students' interest in medical careers and to challenge them to work hard and be high achievers.  The program offers a one-day shadowing experience at Advent Health-Celebration. The students are exposed to healthcare careers in the hospital setting.  The program also has Medical Academy that provides students with a week of interaction and learning in the medical field during summer break. These 35 high school students from Osceola spend a week at UCF campus in lab settings, lectures and hands on experiences with college professors.  The Construction Pipeline similar to the Medical Pipeline, has the goal of assisting students pursuing a career in the construction industry and also educating them on the resources that are available to them in Osceola County. One of the ways the program accomplishes this is through the ACE, ACT, and career fair nights. ACT, which is a part of the construction pipeline, is a program that helps students land a summer job or internship in the field of their interest. The ACE program, on the other hand, takes place during the school year and allows students to meet with local professionals after school once a week. During those sessions, students also work on a project in the construction or engineering fields with their mentors. The Construction Pipeline program will help ensure a student’s success in the architecture, construction management, or engineering fields after graduation through many hands on opportunities and networking events with local contractors.  Along with the special programs like ACE and ACT, the Construction Pipeline program also plans field trips to local job sites, pending contractor's approval. In the event that a field trip has to be cancelled due to unexpected events on the job site, the Construction Pipeline also hosts a Speakers Bureau where students are able to hear vital information directly from contractors in the area.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of students who receive scholarship funds and/or tuition assistance

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Scholarship Initiatives

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of children who received school supplies

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

A Gift for Teaching of Osceola County

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Goal 1: Establish a scholarship initiative that ensures all students are prepared for and have the resources to succeed in higher education.
Goal 2: Support district recruitment ad retention of qualified teachers and staff.
Goal 3: Manage charter schools that provide quality facilities and administration to support the School District's efforts to meet growth and provide outstanding education to students.
Goal 4: Expand support of enhancement programs and mentoring opportunities, which address district, classroom, and student needs.
Goal 5: Develop an awareness program that involves the community in supporting and sustaining the mission of the Education Foundation.

The Education Foundation has adapted and developed best management practices in order to help sustain funding for all the programs under our care.

The Education Foundation currently has 18 full and part time staff working to achieve our goals and mission. The Foundation also works closely with the School District of  Osceola County to ensure our end goal and needs align. The Foundation has established community outreach outlets, such as our social media accounts, and a tour of our facilities, Passport to Programs. Along with that, the Foundation holds annual campaigns that fund raise (money), friend raise (volunteers and supporters), and product raise (school supplies) to maintain and increase the impact on our students, teachers, and families. The Foundation is lead by a board of 31 active members, who are executive and community leaders in Central Florida.

The Education Foundation has established endowments for our scholarship program.The Foundation has distributed over $1.8 million in school supplies through A Gift for Teaching.The Foundation has maintained A/B grades at our charter schools. 84% of Bookmark Buddy students passed the FSA this past year that were at risk of failing the reading portion. 100% graduation rate for our TSIC students and families.Total volunteer hours amounted to over 10,000 hours.The Foundation successfully raised over $1.5 million to continue our outreach programs in the county.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    The Education Foundation Osceola County serves the students and teachers within the county.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person),

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    One example is with our A Gift For Teaching program. Through an annual servey, the A Gift For Teaching teams collect data about how effective having school supplies is, the most needed supplies amongst other things.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve,


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The Foundation for Osceola Education, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 02/28/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Jeff Mock

Clancy & Theys Construction Company

Term: 2020 - 2023

Kathy Pierson

Kathy Pierson Communications

Kay White


Lare Allen

SDOC Teachers Union President

Debbie Fahmie


John Gebhart


Deborah Laughon

Advent Health

Jeff Mock

Clancy & Theys

David Askew

City of St. Cloud

Cynthia Jones

Bureau Veritas

Debra Pace

SDOC Superintendant

Marc Clinch

SDOC Facilities

Richard Pengelly

PFM Asset Management

Anitza San Miguel

Valencia College

Tom Tompkins

Founder/Chairman Emeritus

Ken Smith

President Emeritus

Nora Rodriguez-Patterson

Addition Financial

Bruce Vickers

Osceola County Tax Collector

Barbara Bombalier

Welbro Building Corp

Suzanna Fernandez

Plaza del Sol

Kory Broussard

Waste Connections

Jolene Sheive

Sheive Properties

Jamie Roberson

Clerk of the Court

Robb Larson

Osceola Heritage Park

Marisa England

Albu & Associates

Melissa Thacker

Balfour Beatty

Casmore Shaw

Polk State College

Erika Booth

SDOC - School Board Member

Shawn Fletcher

City of St Cloud Council Member

Holly Duke


LaVell Monger

RTW Photography

Sheila Rankin


Jeffery Williams

Wharton-Smith, Inc.

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/28/2023

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/08/2021

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  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.