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May 10, 2001
Danette Goulet NEWPORT-MESA -- Some yelled "Yeehaw" and others "Aloha." At Victoria Elementary School teachers donned cowboy hats, while down on the peninsula they were given straw hats to wear. But in both places it was all about offering thanks to teachers Wednesday for Day of the Teacher. "Oh my gosh," exclaimed Heather Manchester, a fourth-grade teacher at Newport Elementary School as she saw what was in store for her and her colleagues.
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NEWS
May 5, 2000
Danette Goulet COSTA MESA -- The tables were turned Thursday morning when teachers took their seats and students ran the show at the second annual Costa Mesa Teacher Appreciation Breakfast. Teachers from Costa Mesa's two high schools were honored by students, parents, business and religious leaders at a breakfast held in OCC's Captain's Table restaurant. Once seated, teachers were told to stay put while students catered to them -- bringing them coffee, juice and the breakfast plate of their choice.
NEWS
January 6, 2005
One week ago today, a voice for Newport-Mesa school teachers fell silent. It was a voice that championed the cause of teachers to receive competitive salaries and benefits for the noble cause of educating this community's youth. Linda Mook won many battles fighting for that cause and for keeping the needs of her fellow educators on the forefront. But, sadly, her most recent battle, an arduous struggle against cancer, is one that could not be won, even by Mook, who died last Thursday in her home at the age of 62. Mook, who worked as a journalist before becoming a teacher, garnered many admirers in her career as she carved out a reputation as a strong advocate for teachers.
NEWS
By: Michael Miller | August 27, 2005
As a former martial arts instructor, Chris Manning believes in control. The Ensign Intermediate School history teacher describes himself as a free spirit much of the time, but in the early weeks of a new school year, he'll keep smiling and joking to a minimum. "When kids come in, if you present an attitude that's calm and businesslike, they'll learn to respect you," Manning told a classroom full of new secondary school teachers during the Newport-Mesa Unified School District's orientation week.
NEWS
June 14, 2000
Danette Goulet NEWPORT-MESA -- In an emotional plea to the school board Tuesday night, Newport-Mesa teachers detailed their woes of being among the lowest-paid instructors in Orange County. The crowd of educators spilled into the lobby as they beseeched a receptive school board to recognize them with a pay increase in this year's budget. "We want them to focus on the quality education that happens with qualified, well-paid teachers. And our teachers haven't had an across-the-board cost of living increase in two years," said Linda Mook, president of the Newport-Mesa Federation of Teachers.
NEWS
January 15, 2005
Jeff Benson There was no Fountain of Youth involved, but there was another reason first-grade teachers at Sonora Elementary School and St. John the Baptist Catholic School skipped class Wednesday and became students once again. Principals and teachers at those schools and three others in Orange County gathered at the Orange County Performing Arts Center to kick off the area's first ArtsConnect program, a series of classes that train teachers to integrate the arts into their classroom teachings.
NEWS
By: Sarah Hill | August 31, 2005
Middle School teachers worked diligently Tuesday to prepare for students' return to school Thursday. Teachers from Jordan, Luther Burbank and John Muir middle schools participated in staff development days on Friday, Monday and Tuesday, designed to help better prepare them for the new school year. "It gets me all the more excited for the school year," said Rod Rothacher, an eighth-grade teacher at John Muir. "It helps us get ready." Teachers at John Muir Middle School learned about "thinking maps" on Monday, which are different graphs and charts that help organize material that students learn into visual and easy-to-remember charts.
NEWS
May 22, 2003
Christine Carrillo The teaching profession is noble. It determines personal successes through the successes of others. Teachers have the ability to touch the next generation. They have the chance to prepare them for the world. On Wednesday, Victoria Elementary School in Costa Mesa decided it was time to recognize them for achieving that and so much more. Students, administrators and Newport-Mesa Unified School District officials honored the 32 educators at the school with an event just for them.
NEWS
By: | October 2, 2005
The Newport-Mesa Federation of Teachers has endorsed the $282-million Measure F school bond, federation president Jim Rogers announced at a school board meeting Tuesday. Rogers, who supported the Measure A bond five years ago, has been an employee of the Newport-Mesa Unified School District for 35 years. In a written statement, he praised the ongoing work of Measure A but said the district needed to modernize its outdated sites. "Teachers are the advocate for our students, so it is only natural that we advocate for the best learning environment that will benefit them," the statement read.
NEWS
May 27, 2004
In past weeks, news from neighboring school districts has been far from the kind most administrators hope to see in the newspaper. In the South Orange County Community College District, the faculty gave a no confidence vote to Chancellor Raghu Mathur. In Westminster, the school board has been bitterly and publicly divided over state antidiscrimination laws that protect transsexuals and others who do not conform to traditional gender roles. And then there's the Newport-Mesa Unified School District.
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