Firstmark Foundation pledges $80,000 to support CAST Teach High School

“We are honored to support CAST Teach in its efforts to train future teachers,” said Marisa Perez-Diaz, Executive Director of the Firstmark Foundation.

The Firstmark Foundation is pleased to announce its first grant of $80,000 to CAST Teach, a new high school in Northside ISD – built in partnership with the CAST Schools Network – dedicated to preparing future teachers and advancing careers in education. The grant will help defray the school’s initial infrastructure costs by funding the construction of an innovative model classroom and professional resource library.

“We are honored to support CAST Teach in its efforts to train future teachers,” said Marisa Perez-Diaz, Executive Director of the Firstmark Foundation. “Because our roots run deep in education, we are delighted to sponsor this exciting and innovative school which will enable students to develop a solid foundation in educational practices and gain authentic experiences to propel their careers in the education.”

This unique teacher preparation program will provide real-world exposure to high school students interested in the field of education, foster a love of teaching, and present a career path to students who aspire to shape the future of public education.

“This generous gift from the Firstmark Foundation will allow us to collaborate with students in hands-on learning environments as we shape the future of public education.” Ericka Olivarez, Principal of CAST Teach High School.

The power to make an impact together

Firstmark recently introduced Power of the Dollar™ verification to include a $1 impact fee. Monthly impact fees go directly to the Firstmark Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity dedicated to making a tangible, positive impact in the education community through the collective support of members. To join the movement and share this collective cause, visit

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ABOUT Firstmark Credit Union

Firstmark Credit Union has been helping people for nearly 90 years. The Firstmark story began in 1932 at Fox Tech High School where ten teachers signed a charter to form the San Antonio Teachers Credit Union. Firstmark has grown the initial $475 investment from ten teachers to nearly 100,000 members and over $1 billion in assets. Firstmark is a member-owned, not-for-profit financial institution that provides products and services that stimulate savings, provide a pathway to homeownership and promote financial well-being. For more information, visit or call 210.442.0100.

ABOUT CAST Schools Network

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

ABOUT Northside Independent School District

The Northside Independent School District (NISD) is San Antonio’s premier school district of choice with a mission to transform the learning experience for all students. We strive to ensure that every student develops their confidence, curiosity and abilities as we serve more than 101,000 students in our 125 schools, providing them with opportunities for success inside and outside of the classroom. For more information, visit or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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