Get the school year started right with a Classroom Mini Grant!

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 management team is well aware of the fact that so many teachers feel the need to buy supplies and materials out of pocket because the majority of the team have family members who are teachers. In response, the credit union offers a classroom mini grant program.

We will be awarding up to twenty-five (25) $100 Classroom Mini Grants to help deserving teacher members. If you have great ideas that would help engage your students, fill out the form below describing how you intend to use the funds should you be awarded a Classroom Mini Grant. The deadline for submitting a grant application is August 5, 2018.

The Rules:
1. Must be a member in good standing of the credit union to receive a grant.
2. Grant requests should be for specific items needed to engage students or facilitate classroom learning
3. Recipients will be notified and funds deposited into grant recipient’s Gulf Coast Educators primary savings accounts by August 20, 2018. If you are selected for a grant, the credit union reserves the right to use your name in announcements to the media and membership about the grants.




2017 Classroom Mini Grant Recipients

This year the committee reviewed more than 220 applications and awarded 25 one hundred dollar 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, Deer Park, Hitchcock and Katy ISD.

The following teachers received grants:

Pamela Martin, Pasadena ISD
Shannon Fanning, La Porte ISD
April Lance, Pasadena ISD
Annette Boles, Brazosport ISD
Teresa Spencer, Deer Park ISD
Radhiya Wiley, Alief ISD
Pennie Yancey, Alvin ISD
Lerin Odom, Galveston ISD
Ernestina Martinez, Pasadena ISD
Sandy Salazar, Deer Park ISD
Donna Koonce, Pasadena ISD
Melissa Miller, Pasadena ISD
Samantha Branch, Spring ISD
Acacia Newton, Santa Fe ISD
Sarah Gruetzmacher, Alvin ISD
Kristen Tolley, Pasadena ISD
Carrie Benavidez, Humble ISD
Wendy Manion, Deer Park ISD
Ashley Smith, Humble ISD
Charity Walker, Alvin ISD
Amanda Kister, Pasadena ISD
Leslie Gonzalez, Deer Park ISD
Jamilleah Daniel, Pasadena ISD
Kristena Stokes, Pasadena ISD
Adelfa Castillo, Pasadena ISD
Pamela Maxwell, Pasadena ISD
Mindy Galvan, La Porte ISD
Ykita Destin-Jones, Crosby ISD
Cheryl Fox, Pasadena ISD
Jason Hargrave, Pasadena ISD

Abraham Lincoln once said, “the best way to predict the future is to create it,” and it was obvious from our 2016 submissions that the future is very bright.

The committee comprised of four credit union team members observed one trend during the review process. Team member Brock Reynolds whose wife is a counselor in Alvin ISD said he noticed “a very deliberate effort to unlock the full potential of each and every student.  Many of the awards went to educators who demonstrated a desire to improve their classroom environment, allowing students to benefit from interactive technology in a casual setting more conducive to learning.”


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