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 North Island Credit Union Awards Fall Teacher Grants

North Island Credit Union, a division of California Credit Union (CCU), has announced the recipients of its fall 2017 teacher grants, which assist educators in funding innovative learning opportunities for their students.

Each recipient will receive $500 to use toward their class projects.

The Fall 2017 CCU San Diego County Teacher Grant recipients are:

  • Kelly Casassa, Diegueno Middle School, San Dieguito Union High School District
  • Paula Annicchiarico, El Cajon Valley High School, Grossmont Union High School District
  • Becky McKinney, Escondido High School, Escondido Union High School District
  • Amy Satter, Hage Elementary School, San Diego Unified School District
  • Monique Oswald, Golden Hill K-8 Elementary School, San Diego Unified School District
  • Diana Tompkins, Joan MacQueen Middle School, Alpine Union School District
  • Jennifer Freeman, Lincoln Elementary School, Escondido Union School District
  • Sandra Hodge, Montgomery High School, Sweetwater Union High School District
  • Sara Brownell, Rio Seco Elementary School, Santee School District
  • Elizabeth Limtiaco, Vista Grande Elementary School, Cajon Valley Union School District

“A core value at North Island is supporting the needs of our San Diego community, and our grant program is one way we are working to support teachers in their efforts to engage and inspire students,” said California Credit Union CEO Steve O’Connell. “We hope these grants will help our teachers bring learning to life for their students in creative and innovative ways.”

The fall grants were used to help fund a variety of programs that illustrate the creativity teachers bring to their classrooms and communities, including:

  • STEM/STEAM skills relating to biology, engineering, and chemistry
  • Hands-on molecular biology lessons for structure and properties of matter
  • Planning, building, and cultivating year-round vegetables
  • Speech therapy for special education students
  • Robots for kindergartners
  • Outreach programs supporting local animal shelters, students who are visually impaired, multicultural festivals, and children's hospitals

Since the creation of the teacher grant program in 2012, the credit union has awarded $65,000 to benefit students throughout San Diego and Los Angeles counties. Up to 20 grants totaling $10,000 are awarded bi-annually in the spring and fall.

Any full-time classroom teacher in San Diego County can apply for a grant for a program that has clearly defined learning objectives tied to students’ academic needs, displays creativity in education, and targets a significant number of students. The credit union will begin accepting applications for the next Teacher Grant program in early 2018. Visit for more information.