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October 18, 2006
Local teachers among 1,200 awarded $20,000 Five Newport-Mesa Unified School District teachers will receive $20,000 each as part of the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards Incentive Awards.   State Supt. of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell announced Tuesday that $5.4 million would be distributed among 1,200 teachers around the state. The rewards will be allotted in yearly $5,000 installments. The grants are awarded to teachers who work at what the state calls high-priority schools for four consecutive years.
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NEWS
January 1, 2005
Jeff Benson Hiba Shublak's students are so excited to learn that they're jumping up and down about it. Shublak, a 30-year-old Costa Mesa resident, was upset that physical education and health were taking a back seat to test score improvement. So, she decided to take an active approach. She's reaching out to preschool-age through sixth-grade students and Orange County teachers with her Active Learning program, merging academics with physical education.
NEWS
January 20, 2005
Regarding Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's merit pay for teachers' proposals, if he ties teacher job security and pay to student performance, teachers will fight over the better students, who will learn in spite of us. And, good teachers who have the less able students will be penalized. After my 30 years as an educator in the public school system, I challenge the governor to find harder working individuals, working together to ensure success for all students but getting challenged daily for "their failure" in meeting students' educational needs.
NEWS
June 3, 2007
Good news on the teaching front in Newport-Mesa. School district officials and teachers have agreed, unanimously, to a sweeping new pay increase that raises teachers salaries over the next three years by 19% and benefits by 3%. That means the average annual salary for a Newport-Mesa teacher will go from $64,292 this year to $77,348 by 2009. With home prices still high and gas prices and the cost of living skyrocketing, the annual salary numbers still don't seem that much.
NEWS
September 7, 1999
Linda Mook can sympathize with low-paid Newport-Mesa teachers. She taught in area schools for 27 years before becoming president of the Newport-Mesa Federation of Teachers. "This was my way of sort of rolling up my sleeves and giving back to a career that I found so satisfying," Mook said. Since Mook took the helm at the foundation three years ago, the fiscal seas have been looking a little smoother. Salaries for area teachers have climbed, federation membership has doubled, and class sizes have mercifully shrunk.
NEWS
September 15, 2000
WHAT HAPPENED The Newport-Mesa Unified School District Board of Education approved a contract agreement this week with the Newport-Mesa Federation of Teachers. WHAT IT MEANS With the agreement signed, sealed and delivered, teachers will receive a 9% pay increase. It also will mean the start of several new programs for teachers, a pay increase of $1 per hour for adult education employees, a new evaluation process for teachers and changes in the teacher-transfer policy.
NEWS
October 20, 2009
Delayed gratification paid off for five Adams Elementary students, who spent Saturday being chauffeured with their former teachers through Newport Beach and Laguna Beach due to their achieving perfect or near-perfect scores on a state test. “The goal was set last September by the teachers and the students that if they got a perfect score of 600 on the test, they would get a limo ride,” Principal Candy Cloud said. More than a year later, the winning students — Ashley Kumar, Jillian Hughes, Jackson Winters, Cooper Griffen and Matthew Forbath — drank soft drinks from champagne glasses and mugged as celebrities.
NEWS
October 21, 2002
HER POSITIVE TRAITS AS A TRUSTEE: "I am a consensus builder who believes that the entire community must be involved in the decision-making process. I am optimistic. I believe that every child can learn. I am a realist.... I am a listener -- to our students, parents, teachers and the community. I am inclusive, committed to broadening the participation of all -- students, parents, teachers and the community." THE DISTRICT'S STRATEGIC PLAN: "I support local control.
NEWS
June 20, 2001
Danette Goulet It was a battle every step of the way, but teachers at Rea Elementary School in Costa Mesa squeaked out a 4-3 victory Tuesday when they challenged students to a soccer match. A team of about 20 teachers took on the champion Pilot Cup soccer team and then each of the school's seven sixth-grade classes in turn. "Students have to win because I don't think [teachers have] been practicing," said Nikki Vega, 12, making a bold prediction of victory that just about came true.
NEWS
March 23, 2004
Marisa O'Neil Classes at Newport Harbor High School will stay in a traditional six-period day after teachers voted down a proposal to change to an eight-period block schedule. If it had passed, the change would have extended the school day by 25 minutes and allowed students to take more classes. Not getting the required two-thirds vote to pass the plan after working on the project for months was like losing a championship game at the final buzzer, Assistant Principal Robert Cunard said.
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