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 North Island Credit Union Provides $5,000 in Teacher Grants To Benefit Students Across San Diego County

‚ÄčNorth Island Credit Union has announced the recipients of its Spring 2021 teacher grants to assist educators in funding innovative learning opportunities for their students. Through the program, the credit union will provide 10 grants of $500 each to directly support classroom projects in San Diego County.

The Spring 2021 North Island Credit Union San Diego County Teacher Grant recipients include teachers across San Diego county:

North Island Credit Union 
Grant Recipient 
School City 
Steven Aldridge Martin Luther King Middle School Oceanside 
Shawna Benge Empower Academy El Cajon 
Michael Flores Emerald Middle School El Cajon 
Teagan Keyser Aseltine School San Diego 
Michele Kmak La Mesa Arts Academy La Mesa 
Maura Leonard Diegueno Middle School Encinitas 
Roel Mislan Feaster Charter School Chula Vista 
John Oly Norris San Dieguito Academy Encinitas 
Ryan Odegard School for Entrepreneurship and Technology San Diego 
Margaret Schlomer Rosebank Elementary School Chula Vista 

Photos of all recipients can be found here.

"We are deeply committed to supporting the education community, and our grant program is one way we are continuing to assist teachers as they work to engage and inspire their students," said North Island Credit Union CEO Steve O'Connell. "We congratulate these educators who are going above and beyond to create exciting new programs for their students and families. We hope these grants will help our teachers bring learning to life for their students in creative and innovative ways."

The credit union grants will help fund a wide variety of programs illustrating the creativity and commitment teachers bring to their classrooms and communities. Projects receiving grants include teaching the socio-political history of rock and roll, 3D printers to support science and history learning, recorded cultural history programs, coding and computing curricula, team art projects for at-risk youth, and play-based therapy to address student trauma, among others.

Since the creation of the program in 2012, the credit union has awarded $135,000 in teacher grants to support classroom programs. Up to 20 grants are awarded bi-annually in the spring and fall. Any full-time classroom teacher in San Diego, Los Angeles, Orange, and Riverside counties 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. More information is available at