A tribute to Mary Ann Waisanen - dedicated educator and Center Education Foundation supporter.

Long time Red Bridge Elementary teacher, Mary Ann Waisanen, passed away on February 19th at the age of 86. Mary Ann taught at Red Bridge for many years. She was a pioneer, along with Debbie Lerner, in establishing the Personalized Learning program at Red Bridge. She had a profound influence on many students and families who went on to outstanding success in their later academic careers and in life.

Mary Ann was also a supporter of the Center Education Foundation and its mission of helping teachers and students. She and her husband participated in many Foundation events over the years. Her family is honoring the Foundation's work by asking for donations to the Foundation in lieu of memorial flowers. We are touched and honored by this gesture.

If you wish to donate, click here to go directly to our donations page. You can also write checks payable to the Center Education Foundation and mail them to Center Foundation, 8701 Holmes Rd, Kansas City MO 64131. All contributions are tax-deductible. We will acknowledge your support to Mary Ann's family.

Our Mission

To enhance resources for educational success of all children in the Center School District by actively involving the entire community of students, parents, teachers, administrators, community members and alumni. 

We fulfill our mission by raising money to give grants to classroom teachers for innovative, measurable, and high impact projects with their students.

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