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 North Island Credit Union Announces Fall 2018 Teacher Grant Recipients

North Island Credit Union has announced the recipients of its Fall 2018 Teacher Grants assisting educators in funding innovative learning opportunities for their students in San Diego County. Recipients will each receive $500 to use towards their class projects.

The Fall 2018 North Island Credit Union San Diego County Teacher Grant recipients are:  

  • Adrielle Aldrich, Sherman Elementary School, San Diego

  • Michael Claudio, Sweetwater Union High School, Chula Vista

  • Aimee D'Spain, Hoover High School, San Diego

  • Jean Dugan, San Diego Cooperative Charter School, San Diego

  • Kellie Gilmore, Los Coches Creek Middle School, El Cajon

  • Brian Mendoza, Lakeside Middle School, Lakeside

  • Elizabeth Perkoski, El Camino High School, Oceanside

  • Rachel Platz, Valencia Park Elementary School, San Diego

  • Stephanie Rossi, Washington Elementary School, San Diego

  • Laura Snow, Pomerado Elementary School, Poway

“North Island Credit Union is committed to supporting our local education community, and our grant program is one way we are working to help teachers bring new programs into the classroom that impact their students and communities in positive ways,” said California Credit Union CEO Steve O’Connell. “We hope these grants encourage our local educators to pursue innovative projects that spark a new passion in their students, which can make a life‐long difference.”

The credit union grants were used to help fund a wide variety of programs illustrating the creativity and commitment teachers bring to their classrooms and communities, including supporting hands‐on social messages to help the homeless, community sustainability, peer‐based socialization for special education students, development of life skills, plant/animal organic life cycles, and many more.

Since the creation of the program in 2012, the credit union has awarded $85,000 in teacher grants to benefit students throughout San Diego and Los Angeles. 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.