California Credit Union provides $5,000 in teacher grants to benefit educators & students across Los Angeles County

GLENDALE, CA (June 22, 2022) — Using geometry principles to design kites, hatching chicks, creating a mariachi music program, and building a genetics lab are just a few of the teacher dream projects funded by California 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 Los Angeles County. The credit union grants will fund a diverse range of programs illustrating the creativity and commitment teachers bring to their classrooms and communities.

The Spring 2022 California Credit Union Teacher Grant recipients include teachers across Los Angeles County:

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Grant Recipient

School City
Crystal Alvarenga San Dimas High School San Dimas
Veronica Azizi Stanley Mosk Elementary School Winnetka
Ebony L. Batiste 74th Street Elementary & Gifted Magnet Los Angeles
Jessica Gutierrez Santa Monica High School Santa Monica
Tiffany Hirdler Fremont Elementary School Glendale
Shayleen Mallick John F. Kennedy High School Granada Hills
Brent Rojo Venice High School Venice
Jorge Sombillo Jr. Phineas Banning High School Wilmington
Rene Davila Treto James A. Garfield High School East Los Angeles
Jennifer L Veron Dalton Elementary School Azusa


“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 California 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.”

Since the creation of the program in 2012, California 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 Los Angeles, San Diego, 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.

About California Credit Union

California Credit Union is a federally insured, state chartered credit union founded in 1933 with assets of nearly $5 billion, approximately 200,000 members and 25 retail branches. The credit union serves community members and businesses in the California counties of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego and Ventura as well as school employees throughout the state. The credit union operates in San Diego and Riverside Counties as North Island Credit Union, a division of California Credit Union. The 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. California Credit Union is certified as a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) with a Low Income Designation, offering inclusive products and services to build financial stability in our underserved communities, including a checking account certified as meeting the Bank On National Account Standards. Visit for more information or follow the credit union on Instagram® or Facebook® @CaliforniaCreditUnion.


Jeanne Ouellette

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