Thompson Education Foundation (TEF) is a non-profit organization that provides educational opportunities for Thompson School District students and educators. TEF removes barriers and supports experiences students need to successfully engage in their academic environment.  Learn more about TEF, our mission, and our impact by scrolling down or clicking the buttons below.

What We Do

Who We Are

Our History


What We Do

Thompson Education Foundation provides exceptional experiences for students and educators in Thompson School District by promoting initiatives, fostering relationships, and providing financial support. 


TEF gives scholarships to students, awards grants to teachers and schools, recognizes educator excellence, funds sponsored field trips, supports a broad spectrum of programs and activities throughout the district, removes barriers to success for students experiencing homelessness, offers school supplies to students in need, and partners with the district on special projects.


Who We Are

TEF is honored to have an outstanding board of directors composed of people in our community who are committed to our schools and who give of their time, talents and resources to support the foundation's mission.

Current Board Members
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Board of Education

  • Pat Chase

  • Bill Dean

  • Becky Eustice

  • Beth Johnson

  • R. Monte Smith

  • Jerry Westbrook


Incorporating TEF Board of Directors

  • Mo Heth

  • Becky Eustice

  • Lynn Hammond

  • Jack Hale (Superintendent)

Executive Directors

  • Tom Grippen  |  1994 - 2006

  • Wes Fothergill  |  2007 - 2012

  • Kim Akeley-Charron  |  2012 - Present


Our History

Thompson Education Foundation (TEF) was incorporated in 1989 by a group of area residents who were dedicated to providing a charitable vehicle to assist and enhance activities in Thompson School District. The foundation is a qualified charitable organization and holds a 501(c)(3) designation.