BHG Mason-McDuffie Awards Grants to 52 Teachers

Pleasanton, California (EastBayDaily) — Better Homes and Gardens Mason-McDuffie’s Education Foundation honored 15 outstanding teachers from the San Francisco communities served by its offices, on June 7th at Roosevelt Middle School in San Francisco. Families, peers, community leaders and BHG agents honored the teachers at the Foundation’s 21st annual ceremony.

“The Education Foundation began in 1992 with a vision to honor teachers for their tireless work on behalf of our children, our schools and our communities,” said Kathy Ollerton, Executive Director of Charities. With this year’s grants, the Education Foundation has awarded more than $818,000 in grants to 1,365 exceptional elementary, middle and high school teachers since its inception.

This year’s award recipients are:

Nobie Camarena, SF Community School, San Francisco Karen Zapata, San Francisco Community School, San Francisco Eunice Chue, Lafayette Elementary School, San Francisco Eric Cuneo, Ida B. Wells High, San Francisco Michael Estes, Francisco Middle School, San Francisco Brian Friedman, Stevenson Elementary, San Francisco Suchien Kaiser, Philip & Sara Burton Academic High, San Francisco Susie Kameny, Cesar Chavez Elementary, San Francisco Christie Kitsuda, Miraloma Elementary, San Francisco Helen Lee, Thurgood Marshall High, San Francisco Mimi Leung, Chinese Education Center-SFUSD, San Francisco Betsy Ryan-Dalpino, Abraham Lincoln High, San Francisco Jennifer Vaile, Starr King Elementary, San Francisco Averel Wilson, Roosevelt Middle School, San Francisco Heather Woodward, Ruth Asawa SF School of the Arts, San Francisco

“The grantees are teachers who made an exceptional contribution to their students during the past year,” added Ollerton. “This is our opportunity to acknowledge their effort with grants that will help them continue their great work,” she added.

Each year, teachers receive $600, which they can use however they like. The Education Foundation grants do not come from corporate funds, but directly from the personal donations of the REALTORS, owners, managers and staff as a way of acknowledging and thanking teachers in their communities.

To nominate a favorite teacher for 2014, visit our website at under ‘About Us.’ The company will begin accepting nominations for 2014 beginning in January of 2014.

About Better Homes and Gardens Mason-McDuffie Real Estate

Our heritage began with the founding of Mason-McDuffie Real Estate in 1887. In 2010, the company was named the 19th largest real estate services firm in the nation (REALTrends 500), and Number Two in the San Francisco East Bay (SF Business Times). The company provides comprehensive solutions to home buyers and sellers, and handled 6,500 transactions in 2012, generating $2.8 billion in sales volume. Better Homes and Gardens Mason-McDuffie Real Estate includes joint ventures with partners Highland Partners in Piedmont and Montclair, Wine Country Group Realtors in the North Bay, and Tri-Valley Realty in Pleasanton-Hopyard and Ruby Hill, and Bahay Co. in Concord. Better Homes and Gardens Mason-McDuffie Real Estate is locally owned and has more than 1,200 real estate professionals with 30 offices in eight counties in the Bay Area and the Tahoe/Truckee region. For more information, go to


Cathy Harrington