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By Britney Barnes | February 3, 2012
COSTA MESA - Instead of budget cuts and more bad news from Sacramento, the Newport-Mesa Schools Foundation celebrated the community's top teachers Thursday night and awarded $147,000 in grants to support classroom innovation. The Schools Foundation hosted its annual "Grants to Teachers" Awards Dinner in the grand ballroom at Turnip Rose in Costa Mesa. "This was a great opportunity for our teachers to be recognized, not only for in the classroom, but for innovative grants they wrote," said Nicholas Dix, the executive director of the Newport-Mesa Federation of Teachers.
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By Daniel Tedford | May 22, 2008
It’s not very often that students, teachers and school staff get to see school board members and district officials get funky, but on Wednesday morning that is exactly what they got. Supt. Jeffrey Hubbard did the “Hokey Pokey,” school board member Dana Black did the “Chicken Dance,” and Assistant Supts. Susan Astarita and Elizabeth Novack joined them all in performing the “Cha Cha Slide” with teachers and students at Victoria Elementary School.
NEWS
February 25, 2013
The Newport-Mesa Unified School District will recognize its teachers and classified employees of the year at Tuesday's school board meeting. Yassaman Motamed, an algebra and pre-algebra teacher at TeWinkle Middle School, and Kristen Johnson, a fourth-grade teacher at Newport Coast Elementary School, are the districtwide picks for teacher of the year. A delegation from the school board surprised them with the honor in their classrooms last month. Classified employees of the year are chosen from six categories.
LOCAL
By Lauren Vane | August 30, 2006
Friends and family will gather Thursday to remember a Costa Mesa teacher who was hit while riding her bicycle on a Newport Beach sidewalk Aug. 23. She died of her injuries the next day. Candace Tift's funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Sts. Simon and Jude Catholic Church, 20444 Magnolia St., Huntington Beach. "We just thought … she began there and we want to say goodbye to her there," Tift's mother Mary Logan said. Tift was born in Huntington Beach and baptized at Sts. Simon and Jude.
NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck | December 14, 2012
Students at Corona del Mar High School got the chance to grade their teachers Thursday. Twelve educators teamed up with members of the Orchesis dance team for the first night of "Dancing with the Teachers" to raise funding for the program. First on stage was boa-clad American Sign Language teacher Tammy Owney for a Latin-inspired dance. Running through dress rehearsals, Owney said she was nervous. "The kids see us in a different element," she said. "Now we might mess up. " But her trepidation was unfounded, earning rounds of applause from the gym and an 8, 9 and 8 from the three judges.
NEWS
By Charles Mooney | January 17, 2013
I am glad to see that people have responded to Chuck Cassity's Jan. 10 letter to the Forum " Commentary: It's time to arm school personnel ," and I would like to add my response to his letter. Unlike Cassity, I am not a great fan of solving multi-faceted problems by addressing just one of the factors, and I don't think it is worth responding to each questionable statement in his letter. Instead, what I would like to do is highlight some of his unwritten assumptions. First of all, Cassity assumes that the people (could be more than one shooter)
NEWS
November 22, 2003
STEVE SMITH One of my friends is a pilot who told me many years ago that on the way out of a commercial airplane, it's always nice to stick your head in the cockpit and say "thank you" to the crew on the flight deck. I don't fly much anymore, although during a recent 30-day stretch, I flew back and forth to Orlando to attend a convention and to St. Louis and Phoenix to give speeches. Each time, I said "thank you" to the crew on my way out, and each time, I received a look of surprise and a hearty, "You're welcome!"
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By Hannah Fry | April 17, 2014
When asked to name their favorite teacher, many students have a clear choice. However, those teachers are rarely, if ever, recognized. The Costa Mesa Library Foundation set out to change that this year with its first favorite teacher contest. TeWinkle Middle School teachers Denise McKenzie, Rebecca Millam and Misty Smith and College Park kindergarten teacher Cindy Fernald were each nominated by current and former students as contest finalists. More than 200 students, some of whom had parents's help, submitted nominations for teachers in the Costa Mesa area.
SPORTS
By Steve Virgen | December 6, 2012
Glenn Deck taught when he was being honored for being a great teacher Sunday night at the Balboa Bay Club. During his acceptance speech, the PGA director of instruction for Pelican Hill and Oak Creek Golf Clubs gave a tip to the people in attendance. He told them to find a way for golf to be fun. That was one of the many reasons why Deck was named Teacher of the Year by the PGA of America's Southern California Section. Deck can place the award next to a few others. He has earned past honors as one of Golf Magazine's Top 100 Teachers in America since 2002 and Golf Tips magazine's Top 25 U.S. Instructors in 2012.
NEWS
February 25, 2003
Christine Carrillo They've taught students in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District for years. They've shared their lives with their students and have shared in their students' lives, as well. Now, they're being recognized as top educators in the district. They're Newport-Mesa's teachers of the year. In an award banquet held Feb. 13, the Newport-Mesa Unified Federation of Teachers presented Teacher of the Year awards, which included a $2,500 check, to 30 teachers throughout the district for achieving excellence in teaching.
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By Hannah Fry | May 1, 2014
Newport Beach's top-performing high school students were honored at a celebration Wednesday evening for their exemplary academic achievements. Thirty students from Newport Harbor and Corona del Mar high schools and Sage Hill School, dressed in their best formal attire, attended the 53rd annual Scholarship Awards Ceremony at the Radisson Hotel. "Tonight we see the best of the best," said Mayor Rush Hill. "Looking at this group, I'm convinced that we have a good future for this country.
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NEWS
April 18, 2014
Irvine Valley College granted two language professors top honors this week. Virginia Shank, who teaches English, and Mercedes Julian, a Spanish instructor, were named Professor of the Year and Part-time Professor of the Year, respectively. Shank has worked at Irvine Valley College since fall 2012 and has published poems in several online and print literary magazines, according to a news release. Students have praised her reading selections, high expectations and willingness to help, the release stated.
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By Hannah Fry | April 17, 2014
When asked to name their favorite teacher, many students have a clear choice. However, those teachers are rarely, if ever, recognized. The Costa Mesa Library Foundation set out to change that this year with its first favorite teacher contest. TeWinkle Middle School teachers Denise McKenzie, Rebecca Millam and Misty Smith and College Park kindergarten teacher Cindy Fernald were each nominated by current and former students as contest finalists. More than 200 students, some of whom had parents's help, submitted nominations for teachers in the Costa Mesa area.
NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck | April 2, 2014
A mother is suing for monetary damages, written apologies and new school policies, alleging a Newport Beach teacher bullied her daughter in 2011 and her complaints about it were not properly addressed. According to a lawsuit filed in federal court in February, the Newport-Mesa Unified School District failed to intervene when a Newport Heights Elementary School teacher began harassing the then-fifth-grader in retaliation for a previous complaint. The lawsuit does not identify the mother and daughter, arguing that they deserve anonymity.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Mary Ellen Goddard | March 17, 2014
Four finalists in the Costa Mesa Library Foundation's Costa Mesa's Favorite Teacher contest will be announced in mid-April. They will be honored and the winner announced at a fundraising event on May 17 at the Avenue of the Arts Wyndham Hotel. The foundation thanks media sponsor OC Register Family Magazine, Mesa Water District, The Lab, The Camp, Weichman Realtors, Pacific Symphony, Jess Black Art, Happy Photos and Blackmarket Bakery for their generous support. To become sponsors or to donate to the auction, email cmlibraryfoundation@gmail.com . * At the Costa Mesa Technology Library Video Storytime in English and Spanish will be offered at 11 a.m. Tuesdays for children ages 4 to 8. Participants will be provided with headphones to listen to the videobooks, and prizes will be awarded.
NEWS
By Paloma Esquivel | March 14, 2014
A Newport Beach schoolteacher who was arrested earlier this year after authorities searched his home and found hundreds of pythons, many of them dead, will be formally charged Monday, prosecutors said. William F. Buchman, 53, of Santa Ana is facing a felony count of animal abuse by a caretaker, according to the Orange County district attorney's office. If convicted, the elementary school teacher faces up to three years in state prison. Animal control officers in January discovered more than 400 nonvenomous snakes inside Buchman's home - 240 were dead or died soon after they were taken from the house.
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By Hannah Fry | March 14, 2014
Seventh-grader Jonathan Barton steadied himself and stared down his target. With a sly smile, the 12-year-old pulled his arm back with the intensity of a Major League Baseball pitcher and launched the aluminum pie tin full of whipped cream through the air and right into his science teacher's face. The entire lunch area erupted in cheers. What would typically be treated as a punishable offense was welcomed at Costa Mesa High School on Friday - also known as Pi Day. "I picked Ms. [Verenice]
NEWS
By Hannah Fry | February 13, 2014
Newport-Mesa Unified School District officials opened negotiations with the teachers' union this week. The school board Tuesday unanimously voted to start talks with the Newport-Mesa Federation of Teachers, which sent an initial proposal in a November letter to John Caldecott, the executive director of human resources. Among the changes mentioned was a proposed salary increase, which was not granted during the last set of contract negotiations. The amount of time elementary teachers are given to prepare lessons, class sizes and health benefits will also be discussed, according to the letter.
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By Mona Shadia, Special to the Daily Pilot | February 7, 2014
About 500 educators gathered in Costa Mesa this week to address ways to introduce science, technology, engineering and mathematics, so-called STEM education, to preschoolers. The Early Childhood STEM Conference, held from Thursday to Saturday at the Hilton Orange County, aims to show educators from across the state that it's possible to teach young children about science and technology. It's all part of an effort to reduce the nation's shortage of qualified candidates for math- and science-based fields.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Rhea Mahbubani | February 6, 2014
Matthew Morrison is nothing like Will Schuester. The 35-year-old actor susses out people and their true intentions, while the William McKinley High School teacher on Fox's TV show "Glee" is a hopeless optimist. Both look for the good in people - or try to, at least - but Morrison is, by his own admission, a realist who quickly realizes when he's being steered wrongly. Come Feb. 13, the Broadway, film and television performer, who splits his time between Los Angeles and New York City, plans to be himself to the hilt.
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