MSGCU Awards More Than $45,000 to Local Educators


November 4, 2021 – Michigan Schools and Government Credit Union (MSGCU) is excited to announce its Classroom Cash Grants program recipients for 2021. This year, MSGCU is awarding more than $45,000 to 63 educators spanning 46 schools across the Metro Detroit area.

The grants, worth up to $750 each, help with the implementation of innovative learning experiences that foster students’ exploration, independent thinking, and problem solving.

With a heritage rooted in education, MSGCU is committed to supporting the entrepreneurial spirit and dedication of the teaching community. Since its inception, the Classroom Cash Grants program has awarded over half a million dollars to local educators. The program has funded more than 1,000 unique projects that enhance the academic environment that would otherwise go unfunded.

“We strongly believe in the power of education and the important role educators play in the development of our youth,” said Peter Gates, MSGCU President/CEO. “We are humbled to provide this resource to educators as they plan creative and impactful learning experiences in their classrooms this school year.”

Classroom Cash Grants program winners are determined based on total votes cast by students, parents, colleagues, family members and friends. More than 114,000 votes were cast during a ten-day online voting period.

The Classroom Cash Grants program is open annually to all teachers in the communities MSGCU serves. The program is just one way MSGCU shows its support for local educators. The credit union also offers financial education through their interactive financial education platform, virtual and in-person community workshops and classroom presentations, one-on-one support, low-rate classroom loans, and the Milo Perreault Educator Advantage Scholarship for continuing education.

2021 MSGCU Classroom Cash Grants Program Recipients

Adam Burns, Troy Athens High School (Oakland)
Allison Boska, L'Anse Creuse Middle School North (Macomb)

Amber Pietraszewski, John A. Bozymowski School (Macomb)

Amy Orlando, Beacon Tree Elementary (Macomb)

Angela Jolley, Beacon Tree Elementary (Macomb)

Brianna Roach, Donald J. Yacks Elementary (Macomb)

Candace Ivy, Plumbrook Elementary (Macomb)

Carrie Grewette, Steenland Elementary (Macomb)

Cheryl Pietraszewski, Adlai Stevenson High School (Macomb)

Denise Bush, Stevenson Elementary (Oakland)

Denise Jackaon Edmonson Elementary (Oakland)

Dorene Taylor, Rodgers Elementary (Macomb)

Elizabeth Diehl, Oakland Schools Technical Campus North (Oakland)

Emily Gerber-Richardson, Orville C. Krause Elementary (Macomb)

Gina Evans, Beacon Tree Elementary (Macomb)

Gregory Wolff, Pierce Middle School (Wayne)

Heather Thompson, Shepherd of the Lakes Lutheran School (Washtenaw)

Heather Weaver, Lakeview Early Childhood Center (Macomb)

Janet Brady, Lakeview Early Childhood Center (Macomb)

Jean Kelly, Little Turtle Macomb Center (Macomb)

Jennifer Ferri, Lakeview Early Childhood Center (Macomb)

Jennifer Green, Shrine Catholic Grade School (Oakland)

Jennifer Mancina, Keith Bovenschen School (Macomb)

Jennifer Rose, Monfort Elementary (Macomb)

Jennifer Roussin, Princeton Elementary (Macomb)

Jennifer Sutter, Havel Elementary (Macomb)

Jill Majewski, New Haven Elementary (Macomb)

Julie Bowyer, Wiley Elementary (Macomb)

Katherine Schuur, Lakeview High School (Macomb)

Kimberly Wasmund, Croswell Early Childhood Center (Macomb)

Kirstin Carolin, Henry Ford II High School (Macomb)

Kristina Walla, Richmond Middle School (Macomb)

Laura Laban, Ebeling Elementary (Macomb)

Laura Stankiewicz, Keller Elementary (Oakland)

LevQual Robinson, Kennedy Learning Center (Oakland)

Linda Borton, Edmonson Elementary (Oakland)

Lindsey Belzyt, Reuther Middle School (Oakland)

Mary Gaber, Pierce Middle School (Oakland)

Michael Sauer, Seneca Middle School (Macomb)

Michelle Alger, Huron Academy (Macomb)

Michelle McLennan, Princeton Elementary (Macomb)

Nancy Troyanovich, Duncan Elementary (Macomb)

Nick Skalsky, Henry Ford II High School (Macomb)

Nicole Benham, Kingsley Montgomery School (Oakland)

Nicole Lutomski, Greenwood Elementary (Macomb)

Pam Czerkis, Beacon Tree Elementary (Macomb)

Philip Lewan, Boulan Park Middle School (Oakland)

Rebecca Allen, Beacon Tree Elementary (Macomb)

Renee Dorfman, Walled Lake Central High School (Oakland)

Renee Sobczyk, Greenwood Elementary (Macomb)

Robert Blume, Armada High School (Macomb)

Sara Pitcher, Mott High School (Oakland)

Sarah Oikarinen, Orion Oaks Elementary (Oakland)

Sarah Vrabel, Edmonson Elementary (Oakland)

Stefanie Taylor, Ebeling Elementary (Macomb)

Stephanie Lindsay, Edmonson Elementary (Oakland)

Susan Riedel, Switzer Elementary (Macomb)

Tamara Powell, Monfort Elementary (Macomb)

Tamiko Kuykendall, Lakeview Early Childhood Center (Macomb)

Tom Torrento, Brownell Middle School (Wayne)

Tonia Romancheck, Hamilton Elementary (Oakland)

Tracy Allen, Lottie Schmidt Elementary (Macomb)

Tracy Dex, Beacon Tree Elementary (Macomb)

For more information about the Classroom Cash Grants program and to view the grant recipients’ projects, visit