Mary’s Bio

Mrs. Funk has been married to Steve for 35 years. She has three children and has four grandchildren. She has been a teacher for 13 years, and graduated from college, with honors when she was 42 years old. She has taught at Orange Center Elementary, Slater Elementary and has been at Burrel Union Elementary for the past 5 years, teaching 4th and 5th grades. Mrs. Funk also coordinates and runs the after-school program, which services 65- students daily. She teaches a class three days a week and mentors new teachers one day a week.

Educational Background

  • National University – Fresno California – MA Administration/Education – (in progress)
  • Fresno Pacific University – Fresno,CA – BA Liberal Studies – 1993
  • Kings River Community College – Reedley, CA – AA/AS Liberal Studies – 1991

Awards

  • 1995 – Lead Teacher of the Year – Fresno County Office of Ed. – Leadership Academy
  • 1996 – Lead Teacher of the Year – Fresno County Office of Ed. – Leadership Academy
  • 1997 – Coolest Teacher of Fresno County – Channel 26 – Fox Kids
  • 1998 to 2006 – Nominated Disney Teacher of the Year
  • 2001 – Channel 24 Women of Influence
  • 2004 – Earth Apple Award – Green Schools – Washington, DC
  • 2004 – After-School Energy Grant – $8,000.00-SEE/CREEC
  • 2006 – Bright Ideas Solar Energy Grant – $5,000.00-PG&E /NEED