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 North Island Credit Union Teacher Grants Will Benefit Students Across San Diego County

​North Island Credit Union (North Island) has announced the recipients of its spring 2018 Teacher Grants. The grants assist educators in funding innovative learning opportunities for their students. Each recipient will receive $500 to use towards their class projects. 

The Spring 2018 North Island San Diego County Teacher Grant recipients include:

  • Maggi Chiodo, King Chavez Arts and Atheletics Academies, San Diego
  • Lauren DeCaprio, Del Norte High School, San Diego
  • Sarah Hillard, Millennial Tech Middle School, San Diego
  • Sarah Jimenez, West Hills High School, Santee
  • Sheelah Keeter, Bayshore Prepatory Academy, San Diego
  • Cherie Maurice, VIP Village Preschool, Imperial Beach
  • Brenda Minjares, Escondido High School, Escondido
  • Amy Satter, Hage Elementary, San Diego
  • Mimi Seney, SOAR Academy–East Mesa, San Diego
  • Nichole Willhite‐Swager, Cajon Valley Middle School, El Cajon 

“We are honored to continue our commitment to San Diego schools and students through our Teacher Grant Program,” said California Credit Union CEO Steve O’Connell. “The energy and passion of these educators is remarkable as they outlined creative ways to support hands‐on projects that inspire and encourage their students. We wish these teachers continued success in their classrooms.” 

The credit union grants were used to help fund a wide variety of programs illustrating the commitment teachers bring to their classrooms and communities, such as:

  • Combating school violence
  • Student recognition/affirmation
  • Community sustainability
  • Peer‐based socialization for special education students
  • Solar energy
  • Plant/animal life cycles
  • Aquaponic agriculture
  • Butterfly lifecycles
  • Non‐fiction reading resources

Since the creation of the program in 2012, the credit union has awarded $65,000 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. Visit for more information.