San Diego, CA – June, 2022 – Creating an egg drop STEAM challenge, starting a Japanese fish art program, developing a multi-functional art project for special needs students, and launching a multi-disciplinary nature journaling project are all North County school projects receiving funding from North Island Credit Union through its Spring 2022 Teacher Grant program. As part of its commitment to help educators create innovative learning opportunities for their students, the credit union has provided 10 grants of $500 each to underwrite class projects in San Diego County.
The credit union grants will fund a diverse range of programs illustrating the creativity and commitment teachers bring to their classrooms and communities. North County Teacher Grant recipients include:
- Amy Cutchin, San Pasqual Elementary School Escondido: STEAM Egg Drop Challenge for 5th graders.
- Bita Farid-Mohebati, Valley Center Middle School: Japanese Fish Printing Program.
- Lora Josic, Classical Academy in Vista: Multi-function art & photography program to allow special needs students to express, regulate, and build self-esteem through art.
- Rosanne Nightingale, Coastal Academy in Oceanside: Nature Journaling Program for 3rd through 6th graders.
“The creativity and passion of these grant programs inspire all of us. We congratulate each of these educators who are so committed to finding new ways to excite, support, and connect with their students,” said North Island Credit Union CEO Steve O’Connell. “After 90 years of supporting the education community, we never fail to be amazed at the dedication our teachers bring to their students, and wish all of them success in bringing these projects to life.”
A complete list of the Spring 2022 North Island Credit Union Teacher Grant recipients includes:
|North Island Credit Union Grant Recipient||School||City|
|Christine Cecil||Fulton K-8 School||San Diego|
|Caitlin Cradic||Rancho Elementary School||Spring Valley|
|Amy Cutchin||San Pasqual Elementary School||Escondido|
|Bita Farid-Mohebati||Valley Center Middle School||Valley Center|
|Carla Hancock||Aseltine School||San Diego|
|Sarah Hillard||Millennial Tech Middle School||San Diego|
|Lora Josic||Classical Academy Vista||Vista|
|Rosanne Nightingale||Coastal Academy||Oceanside|
|Christiane Noirez-Tingley||Curie Elementary School||San Diego|
|Heather Wolzen||Magnolia Elementary School||El Cajon|
Since the creation of the program in 2012, the credit union has awarded $155,000 in teacher grants to support innovative learning projects. 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 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.
Photos of all recipients can be found here.
About North Island Credit Union, a division of California Credit Union
California Credit Union is a federally insured, state chartered credit union founded in 1933 that serves public or private school employees, community members and businesses across California. With more than 165,000 members and assets of over $4 billion, California Credit Union has 24 branches throughout Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego counties. The credit union operates in San Diego County as North Island Credit Union, a division of California Credit Union. California Credit Union offers a full suite of consumer, business and investment products and services, including comprehensive consumer checking and loan options, personalized financial planning, business banking, and leading-edge online and mobile banking. Please visit northisland.ccu.com for more information or follow the credit union on Instagram® or Facebook® @northislandcu.