Upward awards classroom grants to two local teachers

BURLINGAME, CA (December 30, 2017) — Upward Credit Union today announced the winners of its fifth annual Teacher Grant. Each year, a total of $1,000 in grants has been donated to improve their classroom experiences at Burlingame High School. The local grant recipients, Heather Johnson and Julian Martinez, will each receive $500 to make their classrooms come to life for their students.

Johnson, a science teacher at BHS, will use the grant to help purchase a computer to create lessons and videos for her classroom. She has created videos previously to help engage her students and present her subject in a new and interesting way. Her goal is to be able to create and save these presentations and use them year after year.

Martinez, a Spanish teacher, will use the grant money to update his lessons for the Spanish IV class, including purchasing books, Spanish magazines or online learning programs.

Linda White, CEO of Upward Credit Union, says she is amazed how teachers across various disciplines are finding ways to bring new ideas into their classroom.

“These teachers are bringing new ideas on how to bring new experiences to their students,” she said. “It is our pleasure to support these projects that will ultimately lead to a better, broader learning environment.”

The teacher grants are being awarded as Burlingame High School prepares for the spring semester beginning January 9, 2018.

About Upward Credit Union

Upward Credit Union is a not-for-profit financial institution that serves the healthcare organizations of San Mateo and Redwood City, California, as well as many of the surrounding areas. For additional credit union information, visit them online at or call them directly at 650-231-1300.


Linda White
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