Northville Education Foundation Selects New Foundation Manager

Jennifer Curtis Pearson has been selected for the newly created post.

From a Northville Education Foundation press release:

Jennifer Curtis Pearson brings extensive experience in fundraising and sales to her new role as Foundation Manager for the Northville Educational Foundation. In the newly created position, Pearson will oversee all of the Foundation’s development and grant activity in partnership with the Board of Directors, as well as manage the day-to-day operations of the Foundation including its database, financial reports and network of volunteers.

“Jennifer comes to us with a wealth of experience in fundraising and grant writing, both in her work and as a dedicated community volunteer,” said Northville Educational Foundation President Eric Barritt. “Her enthusiasm, commitment and creativity make her a great fit for the Foundation as we continue to reach out to the community for their support during these challenging economic times.”

“I am excited to be part of the Northville Educational Foundation and enjoy working with the outstanding team of directors, volunteers, school staff, families, and community members who have been so supportive of the Foundation and its Jennifer Curtis Pearson mission,” Pearson said. “This speaks to the incredible passion and commitment the Northville community has for ensuring the best learning experience possible for all Northville school children.”

For the 2011-12 school year, Pearson said, “the Foundation will again address specific needs from textbooks to technology to teacher grants and will be introducing a new campaign this Fall, Invest in Your Kids & Community, to raise at least $300,000 for the International Baccalaureate (IB) program. Another goal is to increase awareness of the Foundation and its work among Northville students and families, alumni, community members and local businesses and corporations.”

Prior to joining the Foundation in July, Pearson served as Director of Development and Partnerships for the Engineering Society of Detroit in Southfield, Michigan, where she led and managed all grant and development activity. She also has worked as a Manager for Business Development in the Wayne State University Executive and Professional Development Department; a Senior Account Manager for MarketerNET LLC, in Chicago; and a Senior Account Executive for Design Incentives in Livonia, Michigan.

A resident of Novi, Pearson currently serves on the Fundraising Advisory Council for the Novi Public Library; was Committee Chair for the library’s 50th Anniversary Jubilee Event in October 2010; and co-creator of the library’s first annual fundraising event in April 2011. She also is a member of the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning and the Planned Giving Roundtable of Southeast Michigan, as well as a member of the Board of Directors for Art Road (a non-profit dedicated to providing art activity classes at no cost, including supplies and an instructor, to Detroit’s elementary schools that lack art programs) and Vice President of the Detroit Illini Club, Michigan’s regional chapter of the University of Illinois Alumni Association. Pearson has a Bachelor of Science in Advertising from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign.

Established in 2000, the Northville Educational Foundation is a Michigan nonprofit organization committed to providing support for programs that enhance educational excellence and strengthen learning experiences for students in Northville Public Schools. The Foundation raises, professionally manages and, in partnership with Northville Public Schools, distributes donated funds to supplement and enrich educational programming. All money donated to the Foundation stays in Northville and benefits the children of Northville Public Schools from preschool through high school, including the district’s special education center programs.

For more information about the Northville Educational Foundation and how you can become involved, visit the website at www.NorthvilleEdFoundation.org or contact Pearson at
NEF@NorthvilleEdFoundation.org or (248) 344-8458.

Another Teacher September 15, 2011 at 01:18 PM
Why do you need to spend such a huge amount of money on IB. Don't the Northville Schools have a good curriculum? Are the teachers not using best practices in their classrooms? if they are and if your schools already have great curriculum then you don't need the label. That is all IB is--a label with no added value.
John St Croix September 15, 2011 at 02:00 PM
There is only one purpose behind IB -- to change students' attitudes in preparation for the centrally managed society as envisioned by the United Nations. This is treason and brainwashing at best. How can parents allow this? Do they not believe in American independence anymore?
ConcernedParent September 15, 2011 at 02:44 PM
#1 I do not believe you are a teacher. #2 you seem to do little else that troll the Patches around the US and leaving incoherent comments suggesting that the UN is a socialist organization trying to brainwash our children.
KK December 30, 2011 at 07:46 PM
No. The Northville Schools do not have as good a curriculum as other schools. Kids in the US in general, and even here in Northville, are getting behind the kids in other countries in terms of their knowledge of math, science and world history. They are woefully ignorant of other cultures which will not serve them well in a economic system that has become increasingly global and in which problems do not stay neatly within the boundaries of one country. The IB program will address these issues and try to prepare kids for a future that is much more complex than the one we faced when we were their age. This has nothing to do with the UN. Our big employers, GM, Ford and Chrysler are increasingly entering other markets and are fighting importers. Burying our heads in the sand, wishing the world was not changing and inventing groundless and bizarre conspiracy theories to mask our fear will not help our kids one little bit. What will help them is giving them a strong dose of reality and a skill set that will serve them well. This is what the IB program will do. Northville is late coming to party - most good school districts already have this program in place and our kids are already disadvantaged when it comes to college admissions. We need to move forward! Concerned Parent is right. There are several people who spend hours spreading their wacky conspiracy theories on newspapers around the country. These are NOT Northvillle Parents.


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