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Gulf Coast Educators FCU Awards $2,500 in Grants to Local Teachers
Tuesday, September 8, 2015 6:50 AM

Back-to-school time can be expensive for teachers. According to a study by SheerID, teachers spend almost $500 out of their own pockets for supplies, materials, and professional development. The Gulf Coast Educators Federal Credit Union management team is well aware of that because the majority of the team has family members who are teachers. In response, the credit union offers a classroom mini grant program.

This year the committee reviewed more than 130 applications and awarded 25 $100 grants to teachers who are members of the credit union. The grant recipients represented schools in area districts such as Houston, Pasadena, Clear Creek, Pearland, Alvin, Aldine, Dickinson, La Porte, Deer Park, and Channelview ISD.

Common themes of the grants were manipulatives for hands-on-learning of math concepts and a focus on STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) materials.

The following teachers received grants:

Kristina Kovatch

Brooke Charter Schools

Stacy Anthony

Pasadena ISD

Robinel Alvarado

Deer Park ISD

Janis Rohr

La Porte ISD

Brigette Akinrinde

Alief ISD

LaTamara Gibson

Channelview ISD

Nora Solis

Pasadena ISD

Alexandra Nieto

Pasadena ISD

Maria Luviano

Houston ISD

Melissa Kyle

Clear Creek ISD

Mindy Galvan

La Porte ISD

Elva Flores

Deer Park ISD

LaMona Lemarr

Pasadena ISD

Mary Kay Scott

Pasadena ISD

Kendra Bennett

Alvin ISD

Brittany Elliott

Alvin ISD

Camille Heffernan

Pasadena ISD

Aimee Reeves

Pasadena ISD

Anna Lowery

Clear Creek ISD

Lindsey Botting

Dickinson ISD

Tonya Maldonado

Pearland ISD

Catherine Nerios

Clear Creek ISD

Erin Timmons

Pasadena ISD

Jackie Crawford

Pasadena ISD

Elena Rodriguez

Pasadena ISD

The committee, which was comprised of four credit union team members, was struck by the number of requests for basic school supplies and books for the classroom that teachers provide students who can’t afford even the basic supplies or books at home. In response, the team will start a back-to-school supply and book drive for area teachers.

One committee member who volunteers on this committee and the credit union’s Appreciated Teacher Awards Committee said, “Reviewing these grant applications reminds me that these teachers are such givers. Most of these grants are about their students and how the funds will benefit them, not the teacher.”

About Gulf Coast Educators Federal Credit Union
In 1948, 11 Pasadena ISD educators got together and formed what today remains a credit union dedicated to serving the financial needs of school employees in Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery, or Waller Counties, Texas. For more information, please visit www.gcefcu.org.