Donate To The Shirley Proctor Puller Foundation

SPPF works directly with students in two academic enrichment programs, the SPPF M.A.S.T.R. Kids® After-School Program and the SPPF M.A.S.T.R. Kids® Summer Camp. Both these programs are built round a “literacy plus STEAM” curriculum. Students build core skills in English and Math and practice these skills in fun and engaging activities, field trips and interesting exchanges with community leaders.

Expand Their World
With Books

Leaders read. They read a lot! SPPF maintains wish lists in several book stores. Consider a book donation!

Tombolo Books: located at 2153 First Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 33712.  Please make a visit to the store or call them at (727) 755-9456.  Let them know you are buying books for the M.A.S.T.R. Kids Program and they will help you make perfect choices for our students.

Cultured Books: located at 833 22nd St. S., St. Petersburg, FL 33712 – It’s a Pop-up bookstore open on Sundays from 12:00pm to 6:00pm. We love everything they sell! Just ask Lorielle for M.A.S.T.R. Kids recommendations!

Inspire Their Art

Our community is full of lively images and vibrant color.  Students find joy and peace in capturing the many vibes of community in many forms of creative expression.

Fine Arts Class  – drawing, painting, etc. – $40/individual student OR $250/week for a class of ten students

Piano Lesson for an individual student –$40/week

Twelve 3-hour Drama Classes for a Middle School student – $360

Creative Writing Class – non-fiction, poetry, music –$250/week for 10 students.

Encourage Them
to Play

Outdoor play, dance and yoga are among the most highly rated student activities! Active play is critically important to the long-term health and development of children. It promotes cognitive and social emotional learning as well as physical growth. Help our students stay active with your donations!

  • A one-time donation of $20 provides a summer field trip (entrance fee, lunch, drink) for one student.
  • A $40 recurring monthly donation provides 1 week of summer dance instruction class for up to 75 students.
  • A one-time donation of $250 provides a Mindful Movement session for all scholars.
  • A one-time donation of $500 funds a summer field trip (entrance fee, lunch, drink) for 25 students
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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!