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Fred Hagerman, CMO Marketing/Public Relations
Firstmark Credit Union
(210) 341-9602, ext. 10110

Firstmark Credit Union Provides $5000 to Fund Innovative Projects Inside and Outside the Classroom Ten Local Educators Receive Awards

SAN ANTONIO, TX --- (February 6, 2015) – Leon Ewing, President/CEO of Firstmark Credit Union, has announced the winners of their annual Educator Award program. Ten local educators will receive a certificate of recognition and $500.00.

The Educator Award program was designed with full-time kindergarten through 12th grade teachers in mind. It is intended to support educators who have special projects or innovative ideas they want introduce in their classroom, but lack the funds to implement them. Through the application, educators are asked to outline their proposed project and explain how it would benefit their students.

“This year, project ideas ranged from the purchase of a 3-D printer to allow students to create models of their engineering and design assignments, the production of play as a way to support interdisciplinary learning about the depression era, and the construction of a water garden to support studies in Biology, Chemistry, and Environmental Science.

The 2015 Firstmark Credit Union Educator Award Winners are:
Melanie Leija from Frank Tejeda Academy, HISD
Randy Ohman from the STEM Academy at Nimitz Middle School, NEISD
Leigh Roeber at Las Loman Elementary, NEISD
Natalie Stuart at Colby Glass Elementary, NISD
Monica Pohovich from Holmes High School, NISD
Kimberly Montez at Raba Elementary, NISD
Marissa McManus at Cleto Rodriguez Elementary, SAISD
Pedro Alaniz from South San Antonio High School, SSISD
Jose Villareal from Alan B. Sheppard Middle School, SSISD
Carl Dickerson at Sky Harbour Elementary, SWISD

“Firstmark Credit Union was founded by educators. These Awards are just one of many ways that we continue to support and recognize the importance of education in our community,” said Leon Ewing, President/CEO.

About Firstmark Credit Union
Firstmark Credit Union provides financial services to anyone who lives, works, worships or attends school in Bexar County as well as education-related employees in Bexar County and the 11 surrounding counties; and their relatives. Established in 1932, the Credit Union serves as the city’s oldest state charters credit union with 14 locations serving more than 94,000 members and manages over $900 million in assets. For more information, go to