About Us

The Norwalk Education Foundation (NEF) has been working on behalf of the students and teachers in the Norwalk Public Schools since 1998.  Like scores of local education funds throughout the United States, we work with, but are independent of, our local school systems.
We work for accountability and achievement of high standards in public education, and advocate for significant improvement in public schools. We also generate resources to address specific needs throughout the Norwalk school system.
When NEF was launched Norwalk Public Schools needed resources to address a gap in technology training for teachers. NEF raised funds for Teacher Technology Training programs and ran the training programs with an NEF Technology Specialist. This program has grown increasingly important as education technology has expanded. There is an ongoing need for teachers to keep up with technology in both the classroom and as a way to manage student data and assess student needs.

NEF has three major impact areas:

  • Teacher Effectiveness: Our programs include Technology Training, Technology Coaches in all 19 schools, and Classroom Innovation Grants.

  • Advocacy and Community Outreach:  We engage our community in supporting and advocating for public education.

  • Student Programs: We partner with Norwalk Public Schools to raise funds for student programs which will improve achievement.

    • Working with Norwalk Public Schools to develop a robust internship program

    • Developed and managed an elementary after school program, After the Bell, as a multi-year pilot and then transitioned to Norwalk Public Schools

Who We Are

Board of Directors


Elizabeth Reid
Supervisor, Public Defender’s Office, Norwalk, CT


Linda Dunsmore
-Realtor at Berkshire Hathaway Home Services – New England Properties

Kelley Hefferan
-Branch Manager, Vice President, Webster Bank


Kathryn Kempa
-Graphic Designer

Roslynne McCarthy
-Director, Center for Global Studies, Brien McMahon High School

Nabil Valencia

Paula Palermo, Ex-Officio
-President, Tech Smart Services


Interim Executive Director
Marge Costa

Program Assistant
Gina Ortolano



The Norwalk Education Foundation is a registered 501 (c)(3) tax exempt charitable organization in the United States and is registered with the State of Connecticut’s Public Charities Division of the Department of Consumer Protection.
All contributions to us are tax deductible. We rely on the annual support of many generous individuals, foundations and corporations.

For a copy of our most recent tax filing, please contact us or visit www.guidestar.org.
Telephone: (203) 854-4068
E-Mail: NEF