AMLE Foundation Fund

For more than four decades, AMLE has provided services that positively affect the lives of countless middle school students and their families. The Foundation Fund supports a number of initiatives that fulfill the mission of AMLE and help educators reach every student and create great schools:

  • Collaboration Mini-Grant: The purpose of the Collaboration Mini-Grant is to encourage collaborative learning in the middle grades by providing financial support to AMLE member-educators for such projects.
  • AMLE Educator of the Year: An award program which recognizes and supports outstanding middle school educators
  • CMLA Chapter Grants: Supporting an undergraduate collegiate middle level association chapter which has demonstrated a commitment to the preparation of future middle grades teachers

The Foundation Fund also seeks to inspire middle school educators with resources that document the development, evolution, and progress of contemporary middle level education. We encourage you to explore the Middle Level Legacy Video Series and our Founders of the American Middle School Video Series.

Our work is just beginning. The AMLE Foundation Fund has ambitious goals to realize its long-term vision. We invite you to support our young adolescents and those that serve them by making a tax-deductible gift to the Foundation Fund.

Foundation Flyer

The Legacy Circle

The purpose of the Legacy Circle is to provide Foundation Donors with a way to permanently honor individuals whose actions have impacted the education and well-being of young adolescents at any level or position by supporting the future of middle level education through a single or collective donation of $5000 or more per honoree. Anyone may nominate a candidate for this honor. After the candidate is vetted, they will be inducted into the Legacy Circle when a total of $5,000 has been donated to the Foundation in honor or memory of the nominee.

Show your Commitment to Middle Level Education and Join our Levels of Giving

Founders Club $5,000 and above
Platinum Friend $2,500–$4,999
Gold Friend $1,000–$2,499
Silver Friend $500–$999
Bronze Friend $250–$499
Friend $100–$249
Donor up to $100


The AMLE Foundation Fund Committee is a standing committee of the Board of Trustees.

Camille McElroy, Chair

Patti Kinney, Vice Chair

Paul Meck, Secretary

Rebecca Lawson

Nancy Mizelle 

Randy Jensen

Deb Kasak

Kathy Shewey 

Tracy Smith

Cathie Thibodeau 

Joey Zbylut-Birky 

Stephanie Simpson (Ex officio)

Megan Mooney (Ex-Officio)

Bruce Bailey (Ex officio)

Ross Burkhardt (Ex officio)

James Barnes (Ex officio)

Charlene Pike (Ex officio)

John Swaim (Ex officio)