31 Jan


Spring grants are now open, and over $21,000 is available! Applications for the following grants will be accepted through February 29th: Great Ideas, Professional Development and Professional Book Group. Mini grants ($100 each) applications will be accepted until the money budgeted for the spring has been allocated. The above grants are open to certified LAPS teachers.

We are continuing to offer Staff Wellness Grants ($400 each) for the spring semester! Any LAPS employee may apply. Learn more and apply for a grant today!

Grant Workshops will be held on Tuesday, February 11th and Thursday, February 13th, from 4-5pm at The Source. This is a great way to get questions answered and learn what makes a successful grant application. Bring your laptop if you wish to start working on the application.

31 Jan

LAPSF Welcomes New Executive Director!

Los Alamos Public Schools is pleased to introduce Jennifer McCumber as the new Executive Director for the LAPS Foundation. She officially began this position on Monday, Jan. 6.

While this is a new role for Jenny, she is by no means new to the schools or the Foundation. Most recently, she served as a school board member for District 5 (Mountain Elementary) from 2015-2019. Jenny also served on the board of the LAPS Foundation for several years as the school board representative, a committee assignment she thoroughly appreciated. “I have enjoyed working on many different LAPSF projects through the years, including strategic planning, writing grants and surprising school staff with our staff lounge refresh project last summer,” Jenny noted.

“I am so proud of all the LAPS Foundation has accomplished since its inception in 2005. I hope to continue the tradition of support for the educational programs in our schools and professional development for staff as well as continue to grow the support our community has so generously given to allow us to help the schools in Los Alamos. I have big shoes to fill; our two previous executive directors, Joanna Gillespie and Laura Loy, worked tirelessly to bring the Foundation to where it is and I hope to build on their excellent examples.”

28 Jan



Laura Loy joined the team at Zia Credit Union in January as its marketing and business development manager.

LAPS Foundation was fortunate to have Laura as its executive director from April 2017 to December 2019.

Thank you for all your hard work for public education in Los Alamos.  We will miss you!