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Dave Crum

Executive Director, GFPSF

Phone: (406) 268-7340

Lyndsay Lettre

Administrative Assistant, GFPSF

Phone: (406) 268-7401



1100 4th Street South
Great Falls, MT 59405

  • Brian Loucks, Chairman
  •   Loucks & Glassley LLC
  • Linda Caricaburu, Vice-Chairman
  •   Parent
  • Jerry Lehman, Treasurer
  •   JCCS Accounting
  • Bethann McGregor, Secretary
  •   Parent
  • Bill Johnstone, Immediate Past President
  •   D.A. Davidson
Board Members
  • Drew Blewett
  •   Attorney
  • Karen Brandvold
  •   Parent/ Davidson Companies
  • Tim Culliton
  •   Pacific Steel & Recycling
  • Terri Dahl
  •   Teacher - CMR HS
  • Andrew Davidson
  •   Davidson Companies
  • Al Getten
  •   Retired Teacher
  • Jeff Gray
  •   GFPS Trustee
  • Kyle Herda
  •   First Interstate Bank
  • Gerry Jennings
  •   Grandparent
  • Laurie Kessner
  •   Teacher - GF HS
  • Anne Martinez
  •   Parent
  • Laura Merchant
  •   Benefis Health Systems
  • Stu Nicholson
  •   Grandparent
  • Leslie Oakland
  •   City Motors
  • Doug Sexe
  •   RBC Capital Markets
  • Mick Taleff
  •   Attorney
  • Tammy Lacey-Superintendent
  •   Ex Officio


Recent News & Activities

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Discovery Grant Video

Thanks to Kelly Wiles and the GFH Video Production students, we can now show you what kind of projects our Discovery Grant money funds. 

Thank you to all the teachers and students that participated in this film. 


GFPS Foundation celebrates successful year

Amy Konen, student support specialist at Mountain View, one of two teachers selected for BNSF Teachers of the Year Award.Jan Mader, physics teacher at GFH, one of two teachers selected for BNSF Teachers of the Year Award.

The Great Falls Public Schools Foundation has had a very good year, and thus, teachers and students in the public schools have fared pretty well, too.

At its Excellence in Education banquet Wednesday night, the foundation and school officials celebrated more than $250,000 in classroom grants distributed in the last four years, more than $300,000 in scholarships awarded this year alone, honored two distinguished educators and celebrated a new gift of $250,000.

Amy Konen, student support specialist at Mountain View Elementary School, and Jan Mader, physics teacher at Great Falls High, were named educators of the year, and each received a $2,500 award to use for continuing education or classroom enhancements. They were selected among the 33 teachers recognized by distinguished high school seniors preparing to graduate.

Additionally, guest speaker Mike Jennings announced his gift of $250,000 to the Great Falls Public Schools Foundation.

Dave Crum, executive director, said he was stunned by Jennings generous offer to go above and beyond what he's already done and his goal of giving $1 million by 2020.

"To say it was generous is an understatement," Crum said.

Crum said Jennings' latest contribution will be split between scholarships and other program contributions.

In the 2014-2015 school year, the foundation distributed more than $55,000 in Discovery Grants to classroom teachers for projects such as purchasing reading challenge books at Roosevelt Elementary, iPod Touch mobile devices for middle school environmental science field investigations and a hydroponic growing system for science and culinary art students at Paris Gibson Education Center.


33 Great Falls Teachers Honored for Excellence in Education

Matt Jones, BNSF; Fran Masters, Distinguished Educator Sunnyside; Phyllis Jenkins, GFH Distinguished Scholar; Dave Crum, GFPS FoundationThe Great Falls Public Schools Foundation today announced the names of 33 teachers nominated by area students as Excellence in Education honorees.

From this year’s honorees, an independent panel of local business and education leaders will select two educators to receive the distinguished Teacher of the Year Award, sponsored this year by BNSF Railway.

Teacher of the Year winners will be announced in May.

Thanks to BNSF Railway, each Teacher of the Year will receive $2,500 to use toward continuing education or classroom supplies or equipment.

“BNSF Railway is extremely proud of all 33 of this year’s honorees, and we thank all the students who nominated them,” said Matt Jones, Regional Public Affairs Director for BNSF Railway.  “BNSF takes great pride in honoring the people who are committed to Montana’s students, and we look forward to seeing who the Great Falls Public Schools Foundation selects as Teachers of the Year.”

“The Great Falls Public Schools Foundation takes great pride in all educators, achievers and scholars in this community, and we are especially pleased to highlight those who excel in education,” said Dave Crum, Executive Director of the Great Falls Public Schools Association.


In the News

Check out our new In the News section where we will be posting stories from the media outlets about the Great Falls Public Schools Foundation and/or projects we have provided funds to. 


Deadline for Discovery Grants has been extended a week!

Discovery Grant Applications Will Now Close on March 1st


Due to information that was incorrect, the Great Falls Public Schools (GFPS) Foundation will be extending the deadline for Discovery Grants one more week until March 1st. The GFPS Foundation is encouraging innovative and creative projects in GFPS through the Discovery Grants Program. The program provides opportunities for students to learn in new environments, experience creative teaching methods, participate in out of school experiences, or have new equipment or materials that provide enrichment and support. Great Falls Public Schools employees can submit applications for funding ranging from $500 to $3000. You can find the application HERE or through the Foundation’s webpage at http://www.gfpsfoundation.org/discovery-grants/.


If you have any questions on how to apply for a Discovery Grant, you can contact Lyndsay Lettre at foundation@gfps.k12.mt.us or at 7401 and she can answer your questions. If you have any questions regarding the Discovery Grant Program, you can contact Dave Crumat dave_crum@gfps.k12.mt.us or at 7340


Great Falls Public Schools Foundation’s Heisey Teacher Scholarship Applications for 2015-2016 School Year Now Open


  • Twenty $1,000 scholarships will be awarded competitively to PreK-12 school teachers in the Great Falls Public Schools District to help fund work toward a master’s degree, National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certification, academic work supporting Great Falls Public Schools’ District Goals, or an Endorsement, including; counseling, administration, special education, music, health enhancement, reading, gifted education or any other field related to education. 
  • Twenty scholarships will be awarded throughout the district, with the intent of awarding support in multiple schools.  In the event that one or more schools do not have a qualified applicant, multiple scholarships may be awarded at the same school.
  • Teachers who have already completed a master’s degree may apply the scholarship to a second master’s degree or an advanced degree (Ph.D. or Ed.D.).
  • Scholarships may also be used for the purpose of working toward an advanced degree or securing an endorsement in a specific subject area, which is applicable to teaching. 
  • Scholarships may be utilized to fund the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certification process.
  • Scholarships may be utilized to support academic work which would directly support the professional in their capacity of supporting district level goals and initiatives. 
  • Monies will be distributed directly to the university or institution providing the education. 
  • All monies must be expended within six months of the date the scholarship is awarded.


  • Any teacher presently holding a teaching position in the Great Falls School District and who is committed to signing a contract to teach in the school district for the school year following the scholarship award.


  • Online applications will be accepted beginning January 5, 2014
  • Application is available here.
  • Online applications will close on February 6, 2015



  • Competency as a teacher as indicated by letters of reference and other information presented to the committee.
  • Commitment to the profession as indicated by goals. 
  • Availability of job vacancies in the field, as well as needs of the district.


If you have any questions regarding the online application process, please contact Lyndsay Lettre at 268-7401 or at foundation@gfps.k12.mt.us.  General questions about the scholarship, can be directed to Dave Crum at 268-7340 or at dave_crum@gfps.k12.mt.us.