When Sandi Redenbach ’72, Cred. ’73, a retired English and
theater arts teacher, and Ken Gelatt ’67, Cred. ’68, a retired
math teacher, heard about a colleague who had made a
philanthropic contribution to the School of Education, the idea
of giving to their alma mater resonated deeply with them both.
That’s because the School of Education prepares teachers for
their pivotal role in the lives of young people, and educating
children is the legacy Redenbach and Gelatt wish to leave behind.
“Our lives have been about all the students we’ve had in the
classrooms in which we have taught,” Redenbach said. “We really
believe that education transforms the world.”
In 2010, Redenbach created a charitable remainder trust with a
real estate asset valued at more than $300,000 to benefit the
school’s credential students and to provide flexible funding to
be directed by the dean. That same year she and Gelatt were the
first education alumni to include the School in their estate
plans— an important philanthropic milestone.
In 2013, the couple made a bequest expectancy of $1.6 million to
support, in perpetuity, the Redenbach Students-at-Promise Award,
established through a $50,000 endowment Redenbach established in
2008. The couple’s recent estate gift, in addition to supporting
educators in the future, helped the university surpass its goal
of raising $120 million for student support through The Campaign
for UC Davis—the university’s first comprehensive fundraising
Gelatt and Redenbach are keenly aware of the important role the
school plays in training and mentoring educators at every stage
of their careers. After earning his teaching credential at UC
Davis, Gelatt turned to the school for professional development
during his challenging first year as an educator.
“They were very instrumental in getting me started,” Gelatt
Years later, the school’s Center for Cooperative Research and
Extension Services for Schools — or CRESS Center — gave him new
insights into student-centered learning. Redenbach also worked
with the CRESS Center’s Area 3 Writing Project, a program in
which educators coach their peers in how to best teach writing to
students. In addition, Redenbach contributes her expertise and
perspective as an educator and an alumna through her volunteer
service on the school’s Dean’s Leadership Council and as the
chair of the school’s alumni council.
The school’s innovative approaches to improving education also
made Redenbach and Gelatt eager to give.
Redenbach and Gelatt are pleased to know that their commitment to
helping children will be carried forward as the school fosters
skilled and caring teachers for generations to come.
“The planned gifts created by Sandi and Ken will advance and
enhance the school’s work in improving teaching and learning,”
said Harold Levine, the school’s dean. “We are grateful for these
generous contributions, which truly show Sandi and Ken’s
dedication to education and are an example to all of us.”