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July 9, 2008 > Retired teachers give grants

Retired teachers give grants

Submitted By Miranda Miller

The difficult plight of retired teachers was recognized by Laura Settle in the 1920s. she activated an organization that by the 1930s was formed to benefit California retired teachers legislatively. Today the whole state has 88 divisions and strives to be the authoritative voice for all retired teachers. Local Division #91 recently provided a financial boost to several beginning educators as well as teachers of the year.

Thirty-three teachers from the Tri-City area were this year's recipients of $100 grants provided by the F.U.N. Division of the California Retired Teacher Association. Thirty grants went to Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment (BTSA) participants from the Fremont, New Haven and Newark Districts. Recipients from the New Haven District were Patricia Leung, Melissa Roman, Veronica Lemus, David Barovsky, and Jamie Hill. From Newark the grant recipients were Jessica Farrand, Sarah Sethofer, Heather Dion, Henna Pu, Emery Tung, Erin DeMartini, Britney Bancroft, and Don Piwowarski. The grant recipients form Fremont were Maggie Tang Hom, Celeste Mina, RyanWiller, Lili Riegelsberger, Kristen Gambhir, Julie Luikrat, Mariapia Cowley, Scott Roosevelt, Karina Rizk, Sheethal Rameshan, Una Park, and Linda Raby.

One hundred dollars each was given to the Teacher of the Year from each of the three districts. The Teacher of the Year from Fremont was Joanne Gouveinma, a fifth grade teacher from Hirsch. New Haven's Teacher of the Year was Lynne Thompson, a Social Studies teacher at Alvarado Middle School. From Newark the Teacher of the Year was Loren Pinto, who planned to retire at the end of the 2007-2008 school year.

The funds used for the grants were monies received by the Scholarship Fund from Memorial Remembrances, raffles, and book sales.

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