Sponsors For Scholars (SFS) was started by four committed public school educators with the support of three dedicated community members. After several years of assisting highly capable and motivated students gain acceptance to elite college prep programs, we recognized that a greater support system must be in place to ensure success. We believe that quality education is the key to changing life circumstances for all youth – and we strive to provide all supports and resources necessary to ensure that our students are given every opportunity to attain that excellent education.
Additionally, we strive to reach a larger population of deserving scholars by offering support in enrichment activities. Whether academic, artistic, or athletic, all students should be given the opportunity to pursue and develop their talents. We believe that these enrichment opportunities have the potential to empower.
Chad Gestson, Ed.D.
Dr. Gestson came to Phoenix through Teach For America, after finishing his undergraduate work at the University of Washington. He taught fifth and sixth grade for three years in a low-income, under-resourced school in South Phoenix. He then moved into administrative roles – first as an elementary school assistant principal, then a middle school principal, and then as a high school principal in Central Phoenix. Dr. Gestson served as a district-level director before becoming superintendent of his current district. He earned his doctorate from NAU in Educational Leadership, and holds Masters’ degrees from NAU and ASU.
Megan Gestson, M.Ed.
Megan earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington, and then joined Teach For America. She spent seven years teaching 7th and 8th Grade Math in an under-resourced school in South Phoenix. From 2008-2014, Megan served as an Arizona Turnaround Coach, district staff developer, and teacher mentor. Currently, Megan is a school principal in South Phoenix. She earned her first Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from ASU and her second Master’s in Educational Leadership and Administration, also from ASU.
Kendra Krause, Ed.M.
Kendra began teaching in Phoenix through the Teach For America program, after finishing her undergraduate work at Vanderbilt University. She taught for seven years in Phoenix, fifth through eighth grade, before leaving to pursue her Master’s in Education Policy and Management at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. She returned to Phoenix and is currently an administrator at Brophy College Preparatory as well as Brophy’s Loyola Academy.
John earned his Bachelor’s degree from Yale University and then moved to Phoenix as part of the Teach For America program. He taught sixth grade for two years, before moving onto Middle School Math for four years. He currently teaches Algebra and Geometry to high school students and coaches his school’s volleyball team.
Harryette and Jerry David
Harryette and Jerry retired to Scottsdale 10 years ago from Baltimore. They were active in Baltimore with their charity in memory of their son, Mitchell. Their foundation provided enrichment scholarships for low-income, inner-city children. Now they want to focus their charitable endeavors with Sponsors For Scholars.
David Bernstein, a local businessman and philanthropist, has been involved in helping low-income children in Phoenix since 1998. He served as a volunteer and fundraiser for the Andre House from 1998-2003. He served on the All Saints Episcopal Day School Board of Trustees from 2000-2005. He currently serves on many local advisory boards including Helping Hands Housing Services, Healing Hearts Animal Rescue and Sanctuary, and Arizona Quest for Kids. David is also actively involved in fundraising for Teach For America and J.B. Sutton Elementary School.