Advancing Public Service
Sandi Redenbach ’72, Cred. ’73, and Ken Gelatt ’67, Cred. ’68, are supporting the School of Education on a teacher’s salary.
Retired educators Sandi Redenbach and Ken Gelatt know the power teachers have in shaping young lives. For decades Redenbach and Gelatt led by example and helped guide students to imagine a better future and reach their goals.
Leading by example is one reason the couple wanted to be the first UC Davis alumni to include the School of Education in their estate plans.
“I think we all have a responsibility to give back,” said Gelatt, who taught mathematics to junior high and high school students in Davis, Calif. “I want to use this gift as a way to let people know that it’s not hard to do. You don’t need to be a millionaire. All of us can do more than we think, especially educators.”
The veteran educators were also motivated to give because of their belief in the power of education to change lives. In 2012 Redenbach made a $5,000 gift to create a matching fund in support of the School of Education's Power of 10 Scholarship Fund, which was created to celebrate the school's 10th anniversary and to help students with the greatest financial need.
“Education has been the path to my developing a successful value system,” said Redenbach, who taught English and theater arts in Woodland, Calif. “It proved to me that with education, anyone can overcome obstacles and work toward a life of fulfillment and contribution. Through education, I discovered who I really am and how I can effectively contribute to others.”