TIE Foundation



Help us build a better tomorrow...TODAY!

Our children are the future. If we fail them today, we can expect that their "tomorrow," as well as that of our nation, will be something tremendously less than what we all hope for. If we take pride in our children and help them realize their potential, then we can all be assured of a bright future.   

Our Mission

Tempe Impacts Education's caring volunteers collaborate with community groups to foster excellence in our Tempe Elementary School District students, families and educators by securing resources to empower them to successfully accomplish their goals.

Make a difference in the lives of our children

With your help, the TIE Foundation can target these areas: 

  • Connecting With Kids - A service center providing for children in need of:
    • medical services
    • dental services
    • hygiene items
    • school supplies
    • eye care
    • clothing
    • backpacks
  • Beans and Rice Program - Approximately 12,000 lbs of beans and rice are distributed each year to more than 1,000 families. 
  • Scholarships and Transportation - for students to attend summer enrichment school
  • Musical Instruments - for students so they can participate in band and orchestra
  • Awards - for student and employee recognition
  • Scholarships for Classified Staff and Certified Teachers - to obtain certificates in areas of critical need
  • Hands-on Materials - for science and math classes

Become a Contributor Today

Your contribution to the TIE Foundation can help us achieve our goals and begin to make a difference for our children. Your donation is tax deductible, as the TIE Foundation is a non-profit 501(3)(c) with ID#86-0670224 and United Way #1274. If you are an individual or an organization and would like to make a secure online donation to the TIE Foundation through PayPal, please click on the "Donate" button below:

Upcoming TIE Events

TIE Dinner Save the Date 2017



The Joseph P. Spracale Commitment to Education Award

The Joseph P. Spracale Commitment to Education Award is given annually to recognize an employee of the district who has made or is making a significant contribution to education in the Tempe Elementary School District. This contribution has to have been for 10 years or more. (Current TIE Foundation Board members are not eligible for the Award.) 

Nominations are due Friday, January 20, 2017.

Download the Spracale Award Nomination Form

Congratulations to Laura Hauer, executive director of Human Resources, who is the most recent recipient of the Joseph P. Spracale Commitment to Education Award!

Laura Hauer, Winner of the Joseph P. Spracale Commitment to Education Award


This award is given each year to an employee of TD3 who has made a major contribution to the education of our children for a minimum of 10 years. No one over the last 31 years has cared more about serving the educational needs of children than Laura Hauer.

She is a perfect candidate for this award because she’s given her heart and her soul to the Tempe Elementary School District. She cares passionately about the children and the staff of this district, and she has taken hours and hours and hours away from her own family to help support our employees and our children.

At the bottom of every decision she’s made over three decades of being a teacher, a supervisor and currently the executive director of human resources, is the courage to do what’s best for children — even when that decision isn’t always popular. Laura has always been such a strong advocate for children who have no advocate. She treats our employees and our children with kindness and respect. Laura Hauer truly is the epitome of why this award is given.


The Ralph & Carla Lingerfelt Commitment to the Community Award

The Lingerfelt award is given to an organization or individual who has made a major contribution to the community with a heavy emphasis affecting the boys and girls in our schools and the community.  Ralph was a teacher and principal in Tempe Elementary district for over 35 years. Carla traveled the same path both as a teacher and then a principal. Both continued to support the boys and girls in the district well after their retirement.

Congratulations to the Assistance League of the East Valley who is this year's recipient of the Ralph & Carla Lingerfelt Commitment to the Community Award!

Excellence Begins with the Assistance League of the East Valley


The Assistance League of the East Valley has been working with the Tempe Elementary School District for over 20 years. During those 20 years, Assistance League East Valley members have put in more than 500,000 volunteer hours supporting the Tempe Elementary School District and its families. Thanks to one of the best thrift shops in Arizona, Assistance League East Valley generates money that helps fund their signature program — Operation School Bell — and provides clothing and school uniforms to our students so they can look and feel just like the rest of their classmates.

This video recognizes the many volunteers of the Assistance League East Valley for their tireless and dedicated service to Tempe Elementary. In it, you will see why the Assistance League East Valley is truly a gift to the entire Tempe Elementary community.

Tempe Impacts Education (TIE) Scholarships

Twice a year the Tempe Impacts Education (TIE) Foundation awards scholarships to Certified and Classified employees. Please see the Tempe Impacts Education (TIE) Scholarships page for more information.


President & Executive Director – Joseph Spracale
Vice-President – Sharon Doyle
Vice-President – Walt West
Co-Treasurers – Debra Hunter, CPA & Dr. Dale Despain, Ph.D.
Secretary – Heather McDaniel
Tyler Breskin
Christine Busch
Tom Canasi
Christine Cirillo-Ching
Kim Bauman
Doug Honaker
Ralph Lingerfelt
Loretta Meador
Mark Mitchell (Ex Officio)
Lisa Roach
Kathy Stevens
Christine Trujillo
Brad Whitley
Rich Woerth (Ex Officio) 

3205 S. Rural Road • Tempe, AZ 85282 • (480) 940-0958

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