The Purple Feet Foundation (PFF) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization focused on getting students to think about their future. Since 2010 we have hosted the thinc Program – a week-long residential experience for inner-city sixth grade students. Students from Harrisburg (PA), Philadelphia (PA) and Prince George’s County (MD) have participated to date, and each year we add students and teachers from a new part of the country.
Lifelong educators, we founded PFF in 2010 to honor the memory of our daughter, Grace. We truly believe that often times people we never meet have the greatest impact on our lives.
Here’s a short explanation from Martha about why we started the Purple Feet Foundation.
Meet the founders
Martha Rougeux started her career as a teacher in the Chicago Public Schools and later moved to Philadelphia where she taught and served as a school administrator for over 17 years. She has been a classroom teacher, ELL teacher, guided reading facilitator, team leader, eighth grade sponsor, summer program instructor, GEAR UP program coordinator and drama club sponsor.
Martha has been recognized by the Pennsylvania Department of Education as a Keystone Technology Integrator and also serves as a member of the Discovery Educator Network’s Pennsylvania Leadership Council. She was honored by the Harrisburg City School District, where she currently teaches sixth grade, as the 2009 Teacher of the Year.
She earned her master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Cheyney University.
Lance Rougeux started his career as a teacher at Julia de Burgos Bilingual Middle School in the School District of Philadelphia. While teaching in Philadelphia he sponsored the technology club and ran a federally-funded after-school program called CELL that focused on character education, citizenship, literacy and leadership. Lance has been featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer and was recently highlighted in The Emergency Teacher, a book about urban teaching.
Since teaching in Philadelphia Lance worked as an Executive Policy Specialist at the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s (PDE) Bureau of Educational Technology. While at PDE, Lance spearheaded many statewide initiatives including Keystones, a program recognized as a success story in the U.S. Department of Education’s National Education Technology Plan, and eSPARC, a research endeavor called the “gold” standard of scientifically-based research by eSchool News.
He holds master’s degrees in Educational Leadership and Technology in Education from Villanova University and Harvard University, respectively. Lance currently serves as the Vice President of Learning Communities and Instructional Implementation at Discovery Education.