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CAST Schools Launches Program to Retain and Support New Teachers with $40,000 Firstmark Foundation Grant
CAST Schools Induction and Retention Cohort


New Teacher Celebration Recognizes Future Teachers and their mentors from CAST Schools

WHAT:  CAST Schools New Teacher Celebration and announcement of the second grant awarded to CAST Schools by the Firstmark Foundation to support work in teacher retention.

WHEN:          5:30 pm on Tuesday, April 4, 2023

WHERE:       TPR Building, 321 W. Commerce 78205


New and future teachers

Jeanne Russell, Executive Director, CAST Schools

Marisa Pérez- Díaz, Executive Director, Firstmark Foundation

Julie Riedel, Field Supervisor, Texas A&M University-San Antonio

Kayla Cruz, Clinical Teacher, Texas A&M University-San Antonio

Aaron Patino, Teacher/Mentor, CAST STEM High School

VISUALS:  Check presentation, interviews available

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The Centers for Applied Science & Technology (CAST) is a San Antonio-based network of tuition-free, public schools with a mission to reinvent schooling in order to maximize options for students while preparing them for college, career, and life. Open to all Bexar County students, the network includes high schools CAST Tech, CAST Teach, CAST STEM, CAST Med, CAST Lead and the Advanced Learning Academy. Schools are co-created with industry, and partner with area public school districts, including Northside, San Antonio, Southwest, and East Central ISDs. For more information, visit Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About the Firstmark Foundation

The FIRSTMARK FOUNDATION is a non-profit, public charity focused on making a tangible, positive impact in the education community through the collective giving of the membership. Firstmark Credit Union offers the Power of the Dollar® Checking that includes a $1 monthly impact fee that goes directly to the Firstmark Foundation. On behalf of the members of Firstmark, the Foundation will fund significant needs across our school districts, such as constructing new facilities, improving existing amenities, enhancing learning spaces, and providing education grants and student scholarships. Founded on the philosophy of people helping people, ten teachers made the best use of their resources, established a credit union to serve educators, and 90 years later, Firstmark continues to build upon their legacy, supporting the vital work of our schools.


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