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Teacher Grant

Teacher Grant

Have a great class project idea? Each Spring and Fall our credit union Awards 20 Teacher Grants of $500 each.

Congratulations to the twenty (20) educators selected to receive the $500 Spring Teacher Grants.

The commitment of each educator to their students was evident in the applications as they outlined creative ways to support hands-on social messages to combat school violence, student recognition/affirmation, community sustainability, peer-based socialization for special education students, solar energy, plant/animal organic life cycles, aquaponic agriculture, student chess tournament support, non-fiction reading resources, butterfly lifecycles, and MORE.

Congratulations to:

  • Michael Yamashiro, Walnut High School, Walnut
  • Claudia Jessel, Belvedere Middle School, Los Angeles
  • Pilar Munoz, King Middle School, Los Angeles
  • Margaret Miller, Willenberg Special Education Center, San Pedro
  • Michelle Choi Swensson, Carson Street Elementary, Carson
  • Martin Yaney, PUC Lakeview Charter HS, Sylmar
  • Kristine Kilgore, James Jordan Middle School, Winnetka
  • Marisela Padilla, Ellen Ochoa Learning Center, Cudahy
  • Daniela Fritz, Leichman Career Prep & Transition Center, Reseda
  • Phillip Goehle, Edgewood, West Covina
  • Mimi Seney, SOAR Academy – East Mesa, San Diego
  • Amy Satter, Hage Elementary, San Diego
  • Sarah Hillard, Millennial Tech Middle School, San Diego
  • Maggi Chiodo, King Chavez Arts and Athletics Academies, San Diego
  • Cherie Maurice, VIP Village Preschool, Imperial Beach
  • Nichole Willhite-Swager, Cajon Valley Middle School, El Cajon
  • Sheelah Keeter, Bayshore Prepatory Academy, San Diego
  • Brenda Minjares, Escondido High School, Escondido
  • Lauren DeCaprio, Del Norte High School, San Diego
  • Sarah Jimenez, West Hills High School, Santee

The Teacher Grant program will be available again in the Fall of 2018. Please come back and visit at that time for more information.


We support teachers who want to make a difference with our bi-annual Teacher Grant Program. We are pleased to support the education community by offering our Teacher Grant Program. The Grant is designed to assist educators by funding innovative learning opportunities for their students.

Since the creation of the program in 2012, more than $65,000 has been awarded to schools throughout Los Angeles and San Diego Counties. Schools benefitting from last year’s program used the funds towards initiatives such as special education, business concepts, solar energy, water conservation and literacy.

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