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Posted July 15, 2021

The A+ Education Foundation, a philanthropic arm of A+ Federal Credit Union (A+FCU), continues its commitment to education by awarding over $84,350 in grants to 64 Central Texas educators. With this year’s grants, the A+ Education Foundation has awarded over $1.1 million in grants since the program began in 2005.

“It is very exciting to be able to award these educators with grants to assist them with opening the new school year,” Georgia Johnson, A+ Education Foundation President, said. “They need our support more than ever as they find their ‘new normal’. The credit union was founded by a small group of teachers and honoring them with these grants for over a decade has been an exciting journey.”

Established in 2005, the A+ Education Foundation has awarded 1,142 educators with over $1,117,850 in grants to fund innovative, inspiring, and engaging programs for their schools. 

This year’s winning grants will go toward:

    • Materials to create innovative engineering designs and models
    • A beekeeping program that teaches kids about ecosystems and food production
    • Accessible technology for students with speech impairments and disabilities
    • Equipment to create video games, film, and animation
    • Creating a literacy library and publishing students’ poetry in an anthology
    • Funding construction and maintenance of a fully functioning food web system
    • Establishing a classroom economy and taking culturally-rich virtual vacations


2021 Grant Recipients
Recipient School School District
Sonja Jimenez Anita Uphaus ECC Austin ISD
Robert McVerry Barbara Jordan ES Austin ISD
Rose Miller Barrington ES Austin ISD
Marcela Sanz Blanco Becker ES Austin ISD
Ana Portillo Blazier ES Austin ISD
Amber West Bowie HS Austin ISD
Jill Robillard Clayton ES Austin ISD
Eric Roth Clayton ES Austin ISD
Lisa Wenske Clayton ES Austin ISD
Arnold Yanez Covington MS Austin ISD
Angelique Dennis Dawson ES Austin ISD
Madison Schnitker Hill ES Austin ISD
Patricia Detrich Kocurek ES Austin ISD
Diana McMillan Mathews ES Austin ISD
Christine Barre Oak Hill ES Austin ISD
Iliana Buzan  Oak Hill ES Austin ISD
Maria Fleming Oak Hill ES Austin ISD
Crystal Lantu Oak Hill ES Austin ISD
Shannon Mueller Oak Hill ES Austin ISD
Beth Thornton Oak Hill ES Austin ISD
Shaun Hopkins Small MS Austin ISD
Jack Jeansonne Small MS Austin ISD
Cyndi Larrimore Small MS Austin ISD
Maureen Freeman Travis Heights ES Austin ISD
Kimberly Harrison Widen ES Austin ISD
Noelia Otero Oquendo Wooten ES Austin ISD
Jennifer Marshall Zilker ES Austin ISD
Kali Parsons Zilker ES Austin ISD
Stacey Shapiro Zilker ES Austin ISD
Amanda Hunter Bertram ES Burnet CISD
Erin Segura Dripping Springs HS Dripping Springs ISD
Cassandra Isbell Florence MS Florence ISD
Navin Palicherla Florence MS Florence ISD
Katelyn Baker Village ES Georgetown ISD
Kristen Jurek Kyle ES Hays CISD
Marisa Prunty Kyle ES Hays CISD
Staci Perkins Susie Fuentes ES Hays CISD
Dina D’Amore Reeces Creek ES Killeen ISD
Tiffany Thompson Lake Travis ES Lake Travis ISD
Debbie Miller Rough Hollow ES Lake Travis ISD
Roxanna Soto Bagdad ES Leander ISD
Linda Hagen Cedar Park MS Leander ISD
Lori Turner Cedar Park MS Leander ISD
Mat Bartley Danielson MS Leander ISD
Marissa Casares Jim Plain ES Leander ISD
Jamie Fry Steiner Ranch ES Leander ISD
Angela Mestemaker Steiner Ranch ES Leander ISD
Liz Porter Manor EELC Manor ISD
Johnna Rister Connally HS Pflugerville ISD
Kristen Sutphen Hendrickson HS Pflugerville ISD
Maggie Bell Cedar Valley MS Round Rock ISD
Stephanie Cooper Chisholm Trail MS Round Rock ISD
Amanda Galindo Deep Wood ES Round Rock ISD
Kristie Campo Double File Trail ES Round Rock ISD
Jessica Cheyney Double File Trail ES Round Rock ISD
Jenny Weaver Great Oaks ES Round Rock ISD
Travis Walker Pearson Ranch MS Round Rock ISD
Linda Kay Ridgeview MS Round Rock ISD
Ellen Lukasik Success HS Round Rock ISD
Joshua Keir Miller MS San Marcos CISD
Reagan Cain Naomi Pasemann ES Taylor ISD
Ashley Loeve Naomi Pasemann ES Taylor ISD
Dama Hamrick Gateway College Prep  
Kelly Chapman Meridian World School