Our Village Needs YOU.
Engage. Champion. Give.

At SPPF, we epitomize the African proverb, “it takes a village to raise a child”. It resonates because it honors our connection to past and future, as well as our ability to improve literacy and advance equity in education.
Only 1 in 4 black students in Pinellas County schools (25%) achieved grade-level English Language Arts proficiency in 2021-2022, compared with 61% of white students. That’s a 36-point GAP!
We’re doing something about it – 64% of students who attended our program for the full 22-23 program year were reading at grade level in July vs. only 27% when they started in August.
We can’t do it alone. We rely heavily on the support of our partners to help us close the achievement gap for even more students. Our village needs YOU.

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Ways You Can Help


Take a tour. Read with a scholar. Volunteer. Talk to us about how your company can partner with the SPPF M.A.S.T.R. Kids® Program. ​


Help us grow our Facebook and Instagram followers by year-end. Invite us to speak at organizations where you are a member. Invite a friend to tour the program.


Every dollar counts. Just $5 funds breakfast and snacks for a scholar in Summer Camp. Make it a recurring gift and you provide meals and snacks to 12 scholars. A recurring gift of $25 a month funds a certified teacher for a week. $35 funds a National Inventor’s Hall of Fame STEAM Activity kit for 1 scholar. $50 provides 12 books for our library or for distribution at community events. $250 provides a weekly Mindful Movement session for all scholars. $425 provides 5 weeks of summer career education for one middle school student. 

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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!