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By Michael Miller | February 28, 2007
Chuck Hinman, the Newport-Mesa Unified School District's assistant superintendent of secondary education, pitched a new program to the school board on Monday — and he was quick to stress that it wouldn't be abandoned next year. That program was professional learning communities, in which teachers determine how best to help students learn by comparing test scores and other data. Hinman, who helped to implement professional learning communities in his previous job as principal of San Clemente High School, said Newport-Mesa district schools were implementing the practice by leaps and bounds.
By Michael Miller | May 18, 2007
When Olga Cammer started her teaching career a decade ago, she wasn't thinking much about accolades. The Costa Mesa resident had wanted to teach since she was in the sixth grade, and when she scored a position at Sierra Vista School in La Habra, she considered it a dream fulfilled. "This is natural to me," said Cammer, who lives on the Westside. "I'm not trying to be the superstar." A week ago, that changed, as Cammer was named one of Orange County's five teachers of the year.
September 18, 2007
STEVE SMITH I like cheeseburgers. But about a year ago, I made some changes in my diet that included limiting my cheeseburger intake. Now, when I treat myself to a cheeseburger, I go out of my way to avoid patronizing Carl’s Jr. restaurants. The reason is simple: I don’t like their advertising campaigns. And that’s probably OK with them because a 52-year-old father of two married for 20 years is not their target audience. From the ads Carl’s Jr. has presented over the past couple of years, it seems their target audience is a simple-minded male about 16 to 25 years old. This male is shallow, limited and a slob.
By Daniel Tedford | May 6, 2008
On a daily basis teachers train future leaders like engineers, entrepreneurs, firefighters and police officers. They help raise children, provide a foundation for character and ethics. They teach them social skills, group interaction and provide them with knowledge for the future. So, it’s no surprise if they forget to wash their car once and a while. Most schools are celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week, and the parents at Lil’ Lighthouse wanted to do something special.
By Candice Baker | October 6, 2009
A local kindergarten teacher got a welcome surprise Tuesday: an economic stimulus package for her classroom that came in a big box. Made of bright-orange corrugated cardboard, the box given to Donna Honda, a teacher at Sonora Elementary School, was filled with $1,000 worth of classroom supplies, which ranged from a digital camera to a box of crayons. She was one of 1,000 teachers across the country who were presented with the supplies as part of the A Day Made Better program, put on by the nonprofit Adopt-A-Classroom and the office supply store OfficeMax.
By Purnima Mudnal | September 5, 2006
Biology text books and boxes lined walls in a portable while Early College High School science teacher Candace Leuthold unpacked a box containing specimens in glass jars. "It's going to be nice to have my own classroom again," said Leuthold, who was racing to get the classroom ready for Tuesday's classes. After sharing digs with the Back Bay High School campus for the last month, Early College teachers and workers were busy Monday moving into several portables behind Back Bay. "It's my space, so to speak," Leuthold said with a laugh.
Tom Ragan, | June 21, 2010
Of all the schools in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District, Newport Coast Elementary, because it's only a decade old, has been hardest hit by the recent layoffs, parents and officials say. The school is poised to lose five teachers and four of its support staff to layoffs, a measure among others taken to cut $13.5 million from the 2010-2011 district budget. But despite the pending layoffs, morale is still high in the hallways at the Newport Beach school, located on Ridge Park Road just off Newport Coast Drive, said principal Richard Rodriguez.
By Tom Ragan, | July 13, 2010
NEWPORT COAST — Most local teachers, well aware of districtwide budget cuts, don't expect to see students in class this summer. Then there's Joni Summer. The Newport Coast Elementary School teacher found herself in class Tuesday, teaching mathematical concepts to at least a half-dozen children in what is the only summer school class for miles in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District. Already in its second week, the summer school is still taking students from first through sixth grade, she said.
By John Canalis | June 26, 2012
I always found ceremonies celebrating graduations from anything other than high school, college or graduate school somewhat silly. Why trumpet the completion of just one grade when there are so many more to finish? Isn't this what's wrong with our trophy-for-everyone culture? How wrong I was. Recently, I attended my daughter's kindergarten graduation, which is technically called a promotion ceremony, and learned the power of such made-for-family moments. I realized that such ceremonies are not only fun for kids and moving for parents, they are also a strong reminder of the importance of public education, recognition for the work our teachers do all year long and a reminder that it's important to take time out and recognize your kids' achievements.
September 25, 2002
Laguna Niguel, 60 ... President of Newport-Mesa Federation of Teachers for six years ... In the past year, most proud of teachers stepping up to the plate and doing all that it takes in the curriculum and assessment to meet the needs of the students ... Thinks district is lucky to have such dedicated teachers ... Goals for upcoming school year: prioritizing the things teachers want to accomplish, both from a teacher standpoint...
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