Community Response Today

Our community is made of heroic parents and resourceful students. Most are employed but with limited assets and income.  We strive to empower families by helping them sort through the barrage of messaging to find relevant services to stay afloat in this time of uncertainty.

What SPPF Has Done

  • April 6th – began working with Feeding Tampa Bay to distribute meals to community children. Continuing through May 31st.
  • March 30th – launched live remote learning classes for students enrolled in M.A.S.T.R. Kids after-school program. Continuing through May 31st.
  • March 23rd to 30th – conducted live remote training sessions for parents and students to learn to access Pinellas County School System remote learning tools.
  • March 16th to 23rd – conducted planning calls with families to ensure readiness for remote learning.  Loaned 8 laptops to students unable to access through the schools.

Additional Community Services

What SPPF is Doing Going Forward

  • On-site M.A.S.T.R. Kids Program grades K-8
    • Only 50 students, limits by class.  Waitlisting for most classes as of 5-26
    • Following CDC guidelines as much as possible – limiting class sizes, daily temp checks required pre-admission, regular hand-washing, etc.
  • Remote Learning pilot with Boys & Girls Club

Learn more about the Long-Term Impact for our Children

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SPPF works directly with students to build core skills in English and Math and practice these skills in fun and engaging activities, field trips and interesting exchanges with community leaders.

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Pam Williams

Chief Operating Officer

As COO, Pam ensures the organization’s financial, data, fundraising, and HR infrastructure is strong today and ready for scale that multiplies impact in the years ahead. Pam’s 30+ years of nonprofit experience started with the turnaround of an organization in financial crisis, leading to the launch of a consultancy providing training, transition, and turnaround services to nonprofits and associations in the US and East Africa. In 2016, Pam became COO/CFO for the first women’s college in Rwanda, leading an international team across 3 continents and overseeing administration, finance and operations as the business grew from 50 students to over 400. Pam’s work consistently reflects a commitment to equity.

Darren Hammond

Site Operations Leader

Darren Hammond is currently serving as the Site Operations Leader for the Shirley Proctor Puller Foundation. He is a graduate of Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics Education. He also holds a Master of Science in Curriculum & Instruction, National Louis University, and an Education Specialist Degree (Ed. S) in Administration & Supervision, Nova Southeastern University. Darren spent 37 years with Pinellas County Schools transforming students to reach their ultimate learning potential using proven classroom strategies developed during his tenure in education. While working with Pinellas County Schools, he served as Teacher, Guidance counselor, Assistant Principal and as a Principal. Darren is a passionate educator who openly shares his love of learning with teachers, parents, and other educators! He was born and raised in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Keisha Snead

Academic Leader

B.S. in Elementary Education,Cum Laude, FAMU 1996

I have served 24 years within the Elementary school setting in various instructional roles.  I have also served as the Mentor Coordinator for new and returning teachers. 

I have led professional development for faculty at several schools within Pinellas County.  I have coached colleagues in the understanding and delivery of the standards of reading and writing.  My love for learning is what drives my passion for teaching.  When I look into the eyes of a scholar who needs me, that is where I find my passion!