MFEE is the local education fund that supports the Montclair Public Schools. Since 1991, this independent nonprofit has raised private dollars to empower students, teachers, and the Montclair community, with the overall goal of helping the district provide a high-quality education for all students.
MFEE's core principle is that collaborative networks - between educators, families and individuals, community groups and local businesses - best contribute to the success of an educational community.
Designing fundraising events that strengthen community support for our schools.
Administering grant programs that nurture innovative ideas from school personnel.
Providing administrative and technical support to school and community organizations.
Launching district-wide initiatives that address broader systemic needs, such as after-school tutoring and arts education.
Masiel is an education junkie. She comes from a family of public school advocates, and she was an elementary public school teacher in the early 90s. She pursued a circuitous path to MFEE - law school, program associate at a family foundation, director of a youth philanthropy program, amateur filmmaker, and nonprofit consultant with organizations serving vulnerable youth.
She never lost her curiosity about quality teaching, and she is having the time of her life observing and supporting the excellent teaching that occurs in Montclair Public Schools (MPS).
As mom to four MPS students, she is deeply grateful that her circuitous path led her to Montclair.
Georgette Gilmore knew she wanted to work in education ever since she experienced the kindness and inspiration of her kindergarten teacher in the Jersey City Public School district. After graduating from Montclair State University, she went on to have a career in education for nearly 15 years, working with children in preschool through high school, until she started a family. The next chapter in her life was as owner and editor of a parenting website, providing a valuable resource to local parents. For the past 5 years, Georgette was editor, writer, and social media manager for a local news site, where she developed strong communication skills and community connections.
As a mom to two MPS students, Georgette knows that our schools provide an excellent education. She is excited to join MFEE to support our teachers, students, and public education.