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John Muir Foundation

Our Mission

The mission of John Muir Elementary Foundation, is to provide funds to enrich, maintain, and expand educational programs, with a focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Music, that offer opportunities for all students to learn and to become responsible and productive citizens. 

Who We Are

  • A 501 (c) (3) nonprofit tax-exempt philanthropic organization
  • An independent registered community based corporation incorporated on April 20, 2015

Our Purpose

  • To benefit our students and staff by supporting activities not funded by tax dollars
  • To foster creative approaches to education through innovative grants and student scholarships.
  • To increase private support for educational activities at John Muir Elementary School
  • To increase parent involvement at school

Our Results

  • Since 2015, we’ve raised over $30,000 to support our school
  • Provided Chromebooks for classrooms
  • Launched music class as part of curriculum for all 1st – 3nd grade students
  • 2018 Added recorder courses to our 3rd grade music curriculum
  • 2019 Subsidized an after-school robotics program for K-6 students
  • Moved our music program to an online platform during the 2020-21 pandemic school year

Our Fundraising Goals

  • Continue to fund music classes, including K to 3rd grade
  • Incorporate and build on enrichment programs such as art classes, robotics, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) and more
  • Seek grants to award to teachers and students
  • Raise awareness within the community of the mission of the John Muir Elementary Foundation to benefit the students and teachers of John Muir Elementary

2023-24 Board

  • President- April Fulton 
  • Vice-President- Willow Votyko 
  • Treasurer- Elizabeth Todd
  • Secretary- AnjaLi Carrasco
  • Dining Fundraising Coordinator- Helen Lynn
  • Garden Coordinator- Alex Fay
  • Social Media Chair- Deborah Hurtado
  • Music Program Coordinator - Nigel Cordeiro 


  • Bronwen Bateman
  • Genevieve Berrones
  • Cindy Dardon
  • Sonal Patel 
  • Principal – Vie Nazarian 
  • Assistant Principal – Eva Neuer
  • Teacher Liaison – Taleen Petrossian

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