Langley For Families Awards 30 Hampton Roads Teachers With Grants

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – (January 6, 2020) – Langley Federal Credit Union’s Langley For Families Foundation has awarded $15,000 in grants to local Hampton Roads teachers to support new or existing classroom projects. Langley selected 30 winners from 74 applications, ranging from elementary through high school. Each recipient received a $500 grant for programs, field trips or events.

Karen Ciotta at Greenwood Elementary in Newport News plans to enhance the school garden with additional garden beds, a weather station, rain barrels and a composter. “These additions will allow students in grades K-5 to learn how to grow healthy food, taste fresh produce, promote better nutrition and develop teamwork skills,” said Ciotta. “They will also practice financial literacy by keeping accurate accounting of grant purchases and a balance of funds.”

Craddock Middle School in Portsmouth will host Techapalooza Young Women’s Leadership Conference, a mini-conference designed to develop the interests of seventh and eighth-grade girls in careers in technology, entrepreneurship and leadership. “By providing opportunities for students to pitch their business ideas, ask questions and learn from experts in the diverse field of technology, the conference will inspire these young women to carve out their own futures by creating opportunities for themselves and others,” said Jalisa Logan, teacher.

A 2018 survey from the Department of Education found that 94% of public school teachers report spending their own money on supplies, with an average of $479 each year.

“At Langley, we know it’s important to support our communities, and education is a primary component of that,” said Langley’s For Families Foundation Director Laurel Ramey. “Teachers work tirelessly throughout the year to support our children’s future, so we wanted to do something to support them.”

Stacey GrieffGreat Bridge High SchoolChesapeake
Julie LawrenceOscar F. Smith High SchoolChesapeake
Monica PeaseDeep Creek Middle SchoolChesapeake
Kathy BarthelemyJenkins Elementary SchoolNewport News
Karen CiottaOliver C Greenwood Elementary SchoolNewport News
Ruth FriesRiverside ElementaryNewport News
Latisha JacksonMary Passage Middle SchoolNewport News
Katrina KasselWoodside High SchoolNewport News
Jacqueline LoganKiln Creek Elementary SchoolNewport News
Hailey ZamoraWarwick High SchoolNewport News
Carolann CurranOcean View ElementaryNorfolk
Angela WintersOceanair ElementaryNorfolk
Judith ClaytonChurchland Middle SchoolPortsmouth
Jamie CosumanoChurchland High SchoolPortsmouth
Jalisa LoganCradock Middle SchoolPortsmouth
Ronda SpiroffChurchland AcademyPortsmouth
Jaclyn WalkerBrighton ElementaryPortsmouth
Ellen PetersonSmithfield Middle SchoolSmithfield
Kimberly EureJohn F Kennedy Middle SchoolSuffolk
Amanda BoothPrincess Anne Middle SchoolVirginia Beach
Torri ButlerPlaza Middle SchoolVirginia Beach
Janie EverettTallwood ElementaryVirginia Beach
Kathryn SchweersPlaza Middle SchoolVirginia Beach
Catherine TaylorPlaza Middle SchoolVirginia Beach
Charisse WarrenShelton Park ElementaryVirginia Beach
Diane HowellClara Byrd Baker ElementaryWilliamsburg
Christine HuttoWarhill High SchoolWilliamsburg
Alisa SmithJamestown High SchoolWilliamsburg
Greg StowersJames Blair Middle SchoolWilliamsburg
Erin WatsonTabb Middle SchoolYorktown

Langley Federal Credit Union has a long history of community involvement and charitable giving dating back to the founding of the credit union in the 1930's. With a commitment to making a difference in the communities it serves, Langley for Families Foundation was launched in 2014 to support causes and charities benefiting children and families. For more information, visit

Langley Federal Credit Union, founded in 1936, is a federally-chartered credit union, regulated and insured by the National Credit Union Administration. Langley Federal Credit Union serves more than 265,000 members and has more than $3 billion in assets, ranking the financial cooperative as one of the 100 largest credit unions in the country. Langley is a full service financial institution where everyone can save, borrow, and spend wisely. Located in Hampton Roads, Langley has 19 branches and more than 55,000 surcharge-free ATMs throughout the region.

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