As a not-for-profit organization founded by educators, STCU is honoring its roots by awarding four $500 classroom grants this fall to local certified teachers whose names were selected at random from more than 3,000 entries.
The money can be spent on anything the teacher believes will enhance students’ classroom experience, whether a basic need or something special.
The winners were notified during surprise announcements at their schools; the last of those presentations was Monday. They are:
- Melody Potratz, choir teacher at River City Middle School in Post Falls.
- Diana Janachek, science teacher at Browne Elementary School in Spokane.
- Thomas Staples, science teacher at Lakes Magnet Middle School in Coeur d’Alene.
- Mary-Pat King, art teacher at West Valley High School.
- Paul McDonnell, resource para-educator John R. Rogers High School.
Continuing a long tradition, STCU provided meals, refreshments and door prizes at 28 back-to-school events for educators in Eastern Washington and North Idaho this year.
Nearly 3,200 certified teachers who attended those events entered our drawings for classroom grants. It is the fifth consecutive year that STCU has offered the grant drawings.