Changes at the Public Education Foundation of Marion County

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Posted February 12, 2021 | Brendan Farrell, Ocala Gazette 

Magamoll                                        Zanetti

Since 2012, Judy Zanetti has been the Public Education Foundation of Marion County’s executive officer. Now, after working her last day on Friday, she is retiring.

“I think I’m really going to miss the people that I work with,” Zanetti said. “They’ve really become like family to me.”

Zanetti, who previously worked for seven years in the district as a kindergarten teacher and eight years as an elected member on the Marion County School Board, will be replaced with Megan Magamoll. Magamoll first worked as a student advocate at the PEFMC in 2004 before becoming Take Stock in Children’s program coordinator.

“I leave happily knowing that Megan is exactly the right person to take this position, so that makes leaving much more easy,” Zanetti said. “I’m not sure that I would be comfortable leaving if I didn’t believe in the person coming behind me, but I know that Megan is ready to take this role and responsibility and to increase the work of the foundation, to increase our presence in the community and to find new ways to serve our students, teachers and schools.”

Starting on Monday, she’ll be in charge of the non-profit that hands out grants, awards and scholarships throughout the county.

“I am excited, I feel like this is a privilege, an opportunity to continue to the work that our director Judy Zanetti has done the last eight years and to look at new opportunities for how our foundation will move forward and build upon all that she has worked to do,” Magamoll said. “Ms. Zanetti has been a collaborative leader who has allowed both our staff, our board and our volunteers to truly serve the mission of the foundation by utilizing those strengths and talents, always with the student and the teacher at the heart of the reason why she does what she does.”

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