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Nancy LeCuyer Beach
Executive Director

Hampton Education Foundation Creating Futures

The Hampton Education Foundation drives innovation, encourages creativity, expands student opportunities, and empowers educators to strengthen teaching and learning in the Hampton City Schools. 


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The Hampton Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to helping youth succeed and to supporting the Hampton School System. If you have a question or would like to become involved in helping, please contact us. Currently we are totally run by volunteers on a part time basis. This may mean that our response to you may be delayed but we will respond.


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The Hampton Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization. Our goal is simple. We believe that all children should discover their talents and develop them in a way that improves both their quality of life and everyone they touch. 

The Foundation's work to date has focused on improving the classroom environment. We believe the classroom is ground zero for learning during the school day and that the community must provide the best tools and learning resources possible. A partial list of these resources include engaging electronic media, interesting and informative guest speakers, safe and comfortable spaces, timely books and of course, great teachers. 

The foundation began in 2001 at the request of Dr. Allen Davis. The Foundation has an excellent Board of Directors who serve without compensation. Day to day activities are managed by one part-time Director.



Ali Afonja, President

Dan Holloway, Vice-President

Suzy Scott, Treasurer


Frank Dickseski

Cordereau M. Dye

James A. Gray

Adam D. Krininger

Rachel A. Kuchta

Anne Ligon-Rutherford

James (Jim) McNider

Louis G. Morris

Robert F. Shuford Sr.

Lewis Smith

Ray Smith

Samantha Snead

Dr. Craig Tyson, Sr.

Heidi Wallace

Molly Joseph Ward

Ex-Officio Members: 

Ann Bane, Director of Community and Legislative Relations HCS

Nancy LeCuyer Beach, Executive Director - Hampton Education Foundation 

Brynne E. Cere - HCS Elementary School Representative

Kellie A. Goral - Executive Director of Public Relations and Marketing - Hampton City Schools 

Jennifer Parker - Hampton Council of PTA/PTSA Representative

Shameka L. Pollard - HCS High School Representative

Sharon S. Slater-  HCS Middle School Representative

Dr. Jeffrey O. Smith, Superintendent HCS

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Strengthen teaching and learning in the Hampton City Schools

As funding issues continue to involve public schools, the Hampton Education Foundation (HEF) supports our Hampton City Schools by generating private financial support that helps underwrite new initiatives as an additional feature to public funding. We secure time, talent and treasure that gives administration, educators and students a wider array of educational possibilities.

How to support a student or an educator today:
With your generosity, the Hampton Education Foundation helps realize the promise of public education, provides exciting opportunities across the division, and empowers our students, educators and communities to thrive.

Just click on the donation above to make your tax deductible gift.


All donations may be mailed to:

The Hampton Education Foundation
1 Franklin St
Hampton, VA 23669
Attention: Nancy LeCuyer Beach

If your employer offers payroll deduction for the United Way, HEF's United Way code is 7432. 

If you have a specific need or interest area that you would like to support, please contact HEF's executive director at 757-896-7789.



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Hampton Education Foundation is pleased to offer two types of Teacher Grants this year for Hampton teachers and staff.

Innovation grants (individual and group):

This program is to help Hampton City school teachers to develop, plan, implement and evaluate innovative instructional strategies which are aligned with the Virginia Standards of Learning. All Hampton City schools teachers, including resource teachers, are eligible to apply.


This year we will be funding Individual Innovation Grants in an amount up to $1,000 AND, new this year, groups of teachers/staff at the same school working on one project together may apply for a Group Innovation Grant in an amount up to $2,500. To apply for a Group Innovation Grant, please complete only one application listing the names of all participants. 


HEF funds projects that:

  • Are innovative and creative
  • Have specific measurable outcomes
  • Will target needs of challenged students
  • Include unique ways of using technology and 21st century learning
  • Focus on increasing achievement and self-efficacy of all students


The purpose of the Mini-Grant Program for Teachers is to provide materials, supplies, and/or resources to enhance and improve the classroom learning experience in alignment with the Virginia Standards of Learning. This can include, but is not limited to: project materials, classroom supplies, instructional tools, and student supplies. Grants up to $500 may be requested. All Hampton City School teachers, including resource teachers, are eligible to apply.

Contact HEF Grant Chair, Anne Ligon Rutherford, for grant process questions (HEF-Grants@hampton.k12.va.us).


To view a complete Innovative Instructional Grant Rubric Click HERE.

To view a complete Mini Grant Rubric Click HERE.


Apply ON-LINE for a Grant

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We must all care enough to share our time and talents.


Committed volunteers are critical to our efforts to grow healthy kids. Every school and every program can use your help. Additionally there are an abundance of volunteer opportunities throughout the community. And although they may not be tied directly to a school initiative, all of our efforts to improve Hampton work together. 

If you would like to volunteer to work with the foundation please contact us at hef-director@hampton.k12.va.us.

IF you are looking for community opportunities try contacting www.allforgood.org.


Xavier Harris of Kecoughtan High School

Harmoney Tillerson of Kecoughtan High School

Congratulations to Xavier Harris of Kecoughtan HS, Coastal Carolina, Marine Science, Harmoney Tillerson of Kecoughtan High School, VCU, Business and Anaya Eley (not pictured), Kecoughtan HS, JMU, Psychology.


Michael Canty Memorial Scholarship


The Michael Canty Memorial Scholarship was established in 2011 in memory of Dr. Michael Canty, known to most as just “Mike.” Many words have been used to describe Mike – loving devoted family man, good friend, educator, public servant, and all around nice guy.


Mike had an extensive background in education and was passionate about children and youth, and in particular, the underserved, “at risk” youth in the City of Hampton. He touched many lives during his time in Hampton, working at the Virginia School for the Deaf, Blind and Multi-Disabled, as principal of Hampton High School, as the director of InSync Partnerships, and finally as the City of Hampton’s Neighborhood Offices Service Manager.


Mike had a special place in his heart for those who have to struggle a bit more than most, but who nevertheless, find success. His heart was with those who seize opportunities when they present themselves, and despite obstacles, keep focused on their goals.


Mike passed away in October 2010 after a valiant and hard fought battle with lymphoma.


This $1,000.00 scholarship will be awarded to one Hampton City School graduate who best exemplifies the qualities valued by Mike as well as some of the same qualities that Mike embodied.




Application; including the required essay and one letter of recommendation from a school, community, or faith-based leader

Deadline EXTENDED!  Now May 15, 2022

Late and/or incomplete submissions will not be considered.
Please contact hef-director@hampton.k12.va.us with any questions.


Mike Canty Scholarship past recipients:

  1. 2011 Angela Loeschke, PLC (awarded from CIS)
  2. 2012 Sean Banks, HHS
  3. 2014 John Michael McCormick, PHS
  4. 2014 Grant Gibson, BHS
  5. 2015 Kaela Johnson, VCU
  6. 2016 Mckenzie Dunford, KHS
  7. 2016 Kenneth (Corbin) Doggette, PHS and Campus at Lee
  8. 2017 A’zure Latimer - HHS
  9. 2018 Markayla Johnson - BHS
  10. 2019 Huyen Nguyen KHS
  11. 2019 Justin Michael Harris HHS
  12. 2019 Xavier Williams HHS
  13. 2020 Joseph Bowers PHS
  14. 2020 Morgan Riggins KHS
  15. 2021 Anaya Eley, KHS
  16. 2021 Xavier Harris, KHS
  17. 2021 Harmoney Tillerson, KHS