Elaine Free, Ed.D.
Education Foundation Consultant
Dr. Elaine Free funnels her passion for improving education into school foundations across the nation. A sought-after speaker with appearances at state and national education foundation conferences, Dr. Free draws from a 31-year career in public education as a vocational homemaking teacher, vocational homemaking supervisor, and director of vocational education. She brought that insider knowledge to her role as public information director for the Irving Independent School District and to founding and managing the Irving Schools Foundation. After more than 10 years in those latter roles, she began helping other school districts and foundations.
In more than nineteen years consulting with school districts and foundations, Dr. Free continues to guide districts as they create foundations and counsels foundation boards through policy and procedure construction. She also facilitates their energies into five-year plans. In every instance she creates customized strategies and tactics proven to generate continual improvement in education.
Realizing that few resources existed to aid Texas foundations in progressing, Dr. Free worked with a core group to establish the Annual Statewide Education Foundation conference in Texas. This outlet gives educators, executive directors and board members comprehensive workshops in the many facets of developing, enhancing and sustaining successful foundations.
Her commitment is clear: To work with local foundations to realize tangible ways to substantially impact their students' education.
Dr. Free says, "It is my philosophy that education foundations for public schools can be endowed in the same manner as higher education. And, my goal as a consultant is to help districts, communities and existing foundations to develop a plan for achieving that goal. There is no greater joy than helping others experience the benefits of a successful education foundation."
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