Contra Costa County teachers receive class scholarships from retired colleagues


PLEASANT HILL, California. – California Retired Teachers Association (CalRTA) Division 52 – Diablo Vista has awarded 16 teachers in school districts in Contra Costa County $ 150 for use in their classrooms. Grants were awarded based on clearly stated educational goals for projects that would enhance student learning.

CalRTA Diablo Vista has awarded grants to teachers each year. Teachers who wanted to be considered were required to submit an application along with a one-page summary of the project that the grant would help fund. The project selection criteria included defined educational objectives, creativity and enthusiasm for the project.

Ninety nominations were submitted in November, coinciding with Retired Teachers Week (November 7-13). Projects that were supported ranged from funding power tools for a women’s engineering club to manipulatives for math and reading, arts and music supplies, culturally and ethnically diverse books, and books for children. students with special needs. The teachers who received scholarships came from elementary, middle and high schools.

“It’s so difficult to choose projects from all the applicants every year and we wish we could award them all,” said Lorraine Osborne, vice president of CalRTA Diablo Vista. “Some of the requests are so simple, like a whiteboard or printer toner, and others are relevant to the community the teachers serve. We have a nine-person committee that makes the selections, and our favorite day of the year is reading the nominations. “

CalRTA supports and honors dedicated public school teachers, knowing that their work will shape the future of our world.

Their motto is “Teachers never stop taking care of them”. The Diablo Vista Chapter has 900 members in central and eastern Contra Costa County, the state with 40,000 members. Diablo Vista has also awarded up to $ 100,000 in scholarships to community college students in the past.

  • Joseph alvarico (Mt. Diablo Unified / Ygnacio Valley High) – Women’s Engineering Club Power Tools
  • Patricia Calderon-Cuevas (Antioch Unified / Jack London Elementary) – Bob Books for SDC K-2 students with autism
  • Louise Colbert (Byron Union / Excelsior Middle) – Printing and binding for novels written by students
  • Sheli Cryderman (Mt. Diablo Unified / Cambridge Elementary) – Brightly Colored Bow Ties For Latin Music Bands
  • Heather dimaggio (Brentwood Unified / Loma Vista Elementary) – Owl Pellets, Cow Eyes and Squid for Science
  • Marguerite Frize (Mt. Diablo Unified / Sun Terrace Elementary) – Math and reading manipulatives, art materials
  • Amber Isherwood (Mt. Diablo Unified / Valley View Middle) – SDC Practice Materials for Teaching Abstract Concepts
  • Michel maharry (Mt. Diablo Unified / Delta View Elementary) – Cal Classroom Program for Teaching Mindfulness
  • Julie miller (Mt. Diablo Unified / Sequoia Middle) – Yoga mats to meet socio-emotional needs
  • Aileen Nichols (Mt. Diablo Unified / Delta View Elementary) – Books and art supplies from various cultures
  • Kimberly ovadia (Mt. Diablo Unified / El Dorado Middle) – Hot water urn, bluetooth speaker to encourage interactions between grades 8 and 6
  • Suzi redman (Brentwood Unified / Brentwood Elementary) – Books with stories of legacy and various characters
  • Pratibha Sharma (Mt. Diablo Unified / Mountain View Elementary) – Wedge seat cushions for preschoolers with special needs
  • Annie sub (Lafayette SD / Stanley Middle) – Earphones for books chrome to facilitate learning history
  • Aerille Spusta (Mt. Diablo Unified / Gregory Gardens Elementary) – Magnetic tiles for K students to design their own homes
  • Aseema Yahya (Mt. Diablo Unified / Concord High) – Attractive novels for various students for independent reading

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