About


Connecting Children, Classrooms & Community

Supporting Marion County Public Schools

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Our Mission

Our Mission is to financially and materially support Marion County Public Schools, its students and teachers.

Our Vision

Our vision is to enhance the performance of the Marion County Public School System.

Our Actions

Our actions focus community interest on public education, and initiate support and underwrite projects and programs that benefit students, teachers, administrators and Marion County Public Schools.

PEF Marion is a not-for-profit corporation organized to enhance education in the Marion County Public School system, from pre-Kindergarten through vocational and adult education programs.

Over the past 24 years, The Public Education Foundation of Marion County has proudly raised close to 9.3 million dollars for our teachers and students in Marion County. Those funds have been placed back into the hands of our teachers through programs like Grants for Great Ideas, Tools for Teaching, Take Stock in Children, as well as Golden Apple Academy. We are committed to continue to serve the needs of our teachers and students well into the future.

Meet Our Executive Director

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Judi Zanetti


Executive Director judith.zanetti@marion.k12.fl.us
Judi Zanetti serves as the executive director of the Public Education Foundation of Marion County.  A former elected member of the Marion County School Board and School Board Chairperson, Zanetti is a kindergarten teacher by training.  Certified in Elementary Education, her bachelor’s degree comes from the University of Central Florida.  Zanetti was originally elected to the school board in 2004, then re-elected in 2008. She and her husband, Gene, have two children both graduates of Marion County Public Schools.