Stamford Team

Gartner:  Excellence in Education Awards 2021 Recipient of the SPEF Community Giving Award

Nicole Castagna, Professional Development Specialist at Gartner, who volunteers as a Home Work Helper shared, “Gartner’s partnership with SPEF has allowed me, and many others from Gartner, to contribute to youth education in our community and drive greater student engagement. It’s hard to believe that just an hour a week, over time, can form valuable tutor-tutee relationships and give parents one hour to focus their time elsewhere.”

Read more about the SPEF/Gartner sponsorship on Gartner’s blog channel.

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Dr. Tamu Lucero

Superintendent of Stamford Public Schools

“I am proud to have partnered with Matt and SPEF over the past five years. Together, we work for the good of our students, celebrating and embracing our rich racial and economic diversity. While that diversity brings challenges, together with SPEF and a collaborative community spirit, we strive to challenge, inspire, and prepare every Stamford student for success in life.”


Daira and Kenia

Volunteer Mentor and Stamford High Mentee

“When I started at Stamford High I was scared and nervous about the social and academic challenges ahead.  Then, I learned about an opportunity to participate in SPEF’s mentoring program. When I met my mentor, Daira, I felt her loving personality and heartwarming vibes from the start, and my confidence grew. I am thankful for this opportunity from SPEF to have found Daira, someone I can count on and that I know cares about my academics and my social and personal wellbeing. I cannot thank her, or SPEF, enough.”