United Federal Credit Union announces its Excellence in Education Winner for September, Lynn Soncini

RENO, NV (October 21, 2013) — United Federal Credit Union (UFCU) announces that Lynn Soncini, fourth grade teacher at Donner Elementary, Reno, Nev., is the September 2013 recipient of the Excellence in Education Award. Soncini was selected by UFCU, KRNV News 4, and the Reno Aces baseball team.

Each month, the Excellence in Education Award recognizes one teacher from the Washoe County School District (WCSD) and his or her individual achievements. The teacher can be nominated by students or parents. Winners receive recognition in the classroom or a special assembly by news anchor, Shelby Sheehan, and four tickets to a Reno Aces baseball game. UFCU, a primary sponsor, helps to ensure each recipient gains deserved recognition in the Reno/Sparks community.

Soncini was nominated for the award by the parent of one of her students, who explained, “Mrs. Soncini is my son Gabriel’s fourth grade teacher. She is of invaluable worth. Her consistency, classroom structure, and years of teaching experience, along with community building techniques, have allowed my son to find success.”

Soncini was honored for her work and contributions at Donner Springs Elementary. Soncini remembers the feeling of lacking confidence as a child and why she focuses on it now. “I always said when I became a teacher I would make it different. I would help the children gain confidence.”

UFCU has assisted WCSD teachers and families since 1949. “I’m thrilled to see Mrs. Soncini receive our Excellence in Education Award for September,” added UFCU Business Development Manager Kellie George. “I’ve met many of our elementary school teachers and know the accolades for Mrs. Soncini are well-earned.”

George has served the Members of UFCU since 2004, and knows first-hand the impact teachers have in the community. “I’m proud that we, as a credit union, can give these wonderful teachers the recognition they deserve.” With 22 offices nationwide, UFCU serves communities, teachers, and students throughout the U.S.

About UFCU
United Federal Credit Union has served its Members since 1949 by helping them to build a sound financial future. UFCU consists of more than 120,000 Member/owners worldwide, and manages assets in excess of $1.57 billion. Its corporate offices and main branch are located in St. Joseph, Mich., with additional branches in Arkansas, Indiana, Michigan, North Carolina, Nevada, and Ohio. UFCU has been named the Michigan Credit Union League Outstanding Credit Union of the Year 2013. UFCU has also been named the National Federal Credit Union of the Year 2013 by the National Association of Federal Credit Unions.

About Excellence in Education
Excellence in Education is a program designed to acknowledge outstanding WCSD educators. The partners for Excellence in Education are KRNV News-4, UFCU, and the Reno Aces. Monthly winners are honored at either a school assembly or classroom visit hosted by News 4 anchor Shelby Sheehan. News coverage of the assembly and highlights of the educator’s contributions will air on News 4. Deserving educators can be nominated by sending an email to

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