A+ teacher nominations

A+ teacher nominations

first_imgNote: On ocassion of Teacher Appreciation Week, we asked our readers to nominate their favorite teacher. Here are some of the responses we received. Mrs. Borundy, Mrs. Huntzinger and Mrs. Schallert O’Melveny Elementary I am the blessed mother of two developmentally disabled children. Danny, age 6, is autistic and attends O’Melveny Elementary School’s Special Education Class, the same class his older brother, Anthony, now age 22 attended. Danny’s teacher, Connie Borundy, was a teacher’s aide when Anthony went to O’Melveny, and now, having obtained her teaching credentials while raising children of her own, she is Danny’s teacher. As you can imagine, teaching is a challenge in itself, but these angels who teach our special children, possess great patience, sensitivity, and compassion. I am not writing about just Connie, but also the other 3 special education teachers in the school, Mrs. Huntzinger and Mrs. Schallert, because together, these teachers work together to help each other help these children with loving hands, gentle guidance, unconditional acceptance and unending support. They take our children on field trips to fire stations, police stations, parks, zoos, and in so doing, help to acclimate them to the community and likewise, acclimate the community to our children. Even in this day and age, people are uncomfortable around the disabled, even teachers who are in regular classrooms. They don’t know how to relate to them. They don’t realize that these children are loving and accepting and they need only talk to them as they would any child to discover how truly unique they are, not because of their disability, but because they possess no prejudice, no hate, no discrimination. These teachers show our children that they are vital members of society–that they too will, in their own ways, contribute to their communities. It has been my experience that there are special education programs that are no more than glorified babysitters to our children. How refreshing to find teachers that see our children through our eyes, as special, not because of any perceived disabilities, but because of their unending ability for love, their appreciation of life, their support of each other and their desire to just be like everyone else. Ana Feliciano, Sylmar Terrance Fischer, El Camino Real High School Principal Ronald Delman of North Hollywood High hit the mark saying, “…the vast majority of teachers are good human beings that work extremely hard in very complex circumstances.” Add Daily News editorial staff, “Passing on a love for learning, creating opportunities.” And, to paraphrase, “No matter how dismal the circumstances, great teachers can change everything.” The above daily news citations continue to be true every day of every year for one City School teacher I have had the pleasure to know and that is why I am nominating Coach Terry Fischer, El Camino High School. Coach Fischer’s achievements are countless in his career as a teacher, as a music instructor and music conductor and in a number of specialized fields that quite frankly, I am not very familiar with. And he has also coached a number of sports and chaperoned and helped put together tours for students to other parts of the world, among his achievements, which have helped to change the lives of many kids. As teachers touch their students, they also continue to reach and instruct their parents, from time to time, such parents still being students of life and always having the opportunity to learn, ‘after high school.’ Most specifically, my son had reached a difficult and complex point in his life, perhaps some of it my doing and not his fault with regard to his opportunities to grow socially along with his equal opportunity with other American children to receive an education in all aspects of life as they prepare to enter the work world and to become contributing adults. Jeff was not having academic difficulty at one of our schools, carrying an A- average. But like many, if not all kids, students at our high schools, he was attempting to find himself socially and to add to what he was doing, some sense of what life was all about; perhaps a way to become truly franchised; to get his feet on the ground. Jeff had found wrestling, and by his 2nd year of exposure to the sport, had won the CIF City Section Silver medal in the 140 Lb. class in that sport. He had learned the rules, and without going into details and specifics, with my contributions, such as they were, had alienated himself from the coach and the administration of his school and essentially was, “kicked off the team,” without ever uttering a profanity or violating a rule; in fact it was Jeff’s contention that lots of rules were being violated. It had come to the point where both Jeff’s mother and I went through the entire appeals process with L. A. Unified, and were systematically turned down. It appeared that after two years of exposure to the sport of wrestling Jeff would have to give up the one thing that gave him that social enfranchisement in high school, the one thing that were in the process of teaching him those lessons of life, that often cannot be taught in the classroom, but rather for many kids, the playing field: the sport of high school wrestling. A fortuitous situation developed when Jeff’s cousins moved into the El Camino school district and invited the whole family to move in with them, the only way the CIF rules at that time, would allow Jeff to compete for another school. Move we did. Enroll Jeff we did at El Camino. That is where Coach Terry Fischer began a series of outstanding individual teaching and contributions to both Jeff’s life and frankly, I’d be remiss if I didn’t say it, to my own, though technically I was, “just a parent.” Coach Fischer was well aware of who Jeff was, as the year before, it was coach Fischer’s 140 pound wrestler who defeated Jeff in the City Finals. There had already been decisions by LAUSD that had gone against the young student as he grappled with learning and living the rules that his teachers had taught him, but learned that political realities often bend the rules to look at them another way than they might otherwise appear on their face. In fact, while most of the wresters on the team either welcomed Jeff or reserved their judgment for later, many of their parents were clearly upset that Jeff had been allowed by the administration and Coach Fischer, to join the team. Coach Fischer was forced to address the issue more than once throughout the season and perhaps even afterwards. He immediately put out the information that he would allow anyone who was enrolled and attending and satisfying the rules to try out for the team. He also stated that there were no guarantees and that Jeff would have to wrestle his way into a weight-class, just like anyone else, in order to compete. Coach Fischer was under a lot of pressure in my son’s case, to turn him away. He did not do that an withstood the pressure and allowed Jeff to compete on the El Camino wrestling team, that 2000-2001 millennium year, a year both Jeff and I shall never forget. Coach Fischer helped Jeff out in many ways during that short time Jeff was on the campus, learning and competing. Jeff and I learned many lessons that senior year for him. I wish I could say that there was a Hollywood ending to the story and that Jeff went on to become City Champion. I cannot, because Jeff did not. The stress of the entire situation finally resulted in Jeff contracting infectious mononucleosis, his immune system was so depressed by all of the appeals and the attempts to become eligible, the new environments, etc. But this is not about the Hollywood ending of a City Championship. This is about Coach Terry Fischer and the teaching and the learning and most of all, under tremendously adverse pressure, the chance, yes, the opportunity that he gave my son to compete, when all others had turned their backs upon him (except his own family). Since that 2000-2001 wrestling season, Coach Fischer, while under pressure to do the opposite, has allowed me to remain in contact with the wrestling team as a fan and as a supporter. I have come to learn that he had been an All-American wrestler himself when he competed at Moorpark Community College; that he was one of the original coaches of the early years of establishment of wrestling as a sport in Los Angeles Unified while he taught at North Hollywood High School. And, I learned as time went by that he is one of the winningest coaches in LAUSD wrestling history, along with Sam DeJohn, Jr. of San Fernando High. This, in spite of the fact, that unlike most of the other coaches with a great deal of success, he coaches other sports and also is deeply in love with the art of music and singing, which he passes on to students in his primary post on campus as a teacher. I have seen coach Fischer stress what it means to countless students to give their best, whether it is music or wrestling. I have seen coach Fischer attempt to express true values to students and athletes on his teams and to never give up, no matter what the circumstances. And I have seen Coach Fischer instruct personal responsibility and its importance to his students and student athletes, right up until the present day. For this I learned that what the Daily News has stressed at this time in recounting outstanding teachers and their achievements with students, is embodied in Coach Terry Fischer at El Camino High School. Thank you, Coach Terrance Fischer, teacher! Sincerely submitted, Alex Ford, Simi Valley Mrs. Mestman, Mrs. Chang, Brentwood Science Magnet I have two nominations for Teacher Appreciation week. And they are from the same grade school – Brentwood Science Magnet on Gretna Green Way in Brentwood. They are both extraordinary teachers and women. The first is Melele Mestman who is teaching second grade. She switched to the lower grades because she said she wanted to teach the children right in the beginning to give them a head start and better study skills. She is well traveled and is friends with many people from the movie and television industry to her neighbors. She is actively involved with children and promotes arts, music, history and science. She is taking her Master’s at Loyola Marymount. She knows the boundaries to education and perseverance very well having come from Brazil with her Portuguese parents. Ms. Mestman genuinely cares for her students. Every alumni and current student will attest to that fact. They love her too! The second is Ms. Lily Chang, a fifth grade teacher and graduate of Columbia University in New York. She’s known for her strictness and ability to make her students push their minds beyond what they thought they could. She doesn’t give up on the weaker students. Self-confidence and respect are instilled in the children, as well as the philosophy that hard work does pay off in the end. She teaches her students to plan and follow through on their endeavors in life. It doesn’t hurt to try. Thank you. I hope that they get their recognition. They both made an impact in my child’s life. I owe them much gratitude. Michelle Dornidon Ms. Conant, Taft High School My teacher, Ms. Conant, has inspired me to go above and beyond society’s expectations as a student. She expects the best from me, and the rest of her students, and that is what she gets. This is because she makes learning English fun and interesting. Due to her wonderful teaching abilities as well as techniques, I have been motivated to become an English teacher myself. She exemplifies the qualities a teacher should have, and I hope that I make half as good a teacher as she is. I have learned so much in the past year, and I hope to learn even more in her AP Literature course next school year. I hope that you feature her in your next article because she brings life to literature, and makes school worth going to. Nicole Rabiezadeh The teaching staff at Tulsa St. School It has been my pleasure to work at Tulsa St. School in Granada Hills the past 25 years . I would like to honor all past and present teachers that I have had the honor to work side by side with. These men and women have shown nothing but passion, commitment, and devotion to their students. Each and every colleague has made our Tulsa students believe they can reach for the stars and beyond !!! Linda Mann, Simi Valley Mr. Rankin at Monroe High School As a student at Monroe High School in Sepulveda, (now North Hills), my favorite teacher was and still is Mr. Bill Rankin. Mr. Rankin was in his 23rd year of teaching at Monroe when I was registering as a freshman. He saw me walking around by myself trying to find an elective. He said, “I need a secretary for Work Experience.” He had w twinkle in his eyes and a calming influence, so I thought why not? For two years, he listened to my high school problems, whether about homework woes, or boyfriend troubles. Not only was he a fantastic teacher, he was always someone I could turn to. When my parents divorced, he was there to listen. I went back to Monroe 6 years after graduation, and he was still there. This time, I brought my infant son with me. When I became a teacher, I let him know that I could only hope to be half the teacher he was. Now, even 20 years later after graduation, we are still in contact. He’s getting up there in years and has some health problems, but he still has his wonderful sense of humor and that great twinkle in his eyes. So, Mr. Bill Rankin, the best teacher in the world, touched my life and I am sure thousands of others during his years at Monroe. Jennifer Huss Owen Mr. Mishkin at Taft High School I think that Mr. Mishkin who teaches History at TAFT High School is a great teacher because he is an intelligent person and he is dedicated to his job. He helps students do better in school by showing them techniques that help his students pass tests, and do better work by taking notes. When I was in his class I though it was going to be boring because I didn’t like history, but I saw how intelligent he was and how he was using his intelligence to help his students do better. That is why I think that Mr. Mishkin is a great teacher. He has also impacted other students’ life with his knowledge. Alejandro Juan Coach Tucker at Taft High School Although I have been at Taft for three years, I have yet to find a teacher so remarkable as Coach Tucker. Not only does Coach Tucker influence me in the classroom but he also inspires me outside the classroom to be an honest and hardworking American. As an aspiring teacher, I enjoy Coach Tucker’s classroom discussions, group assignments, and current events. Through Coach Tucker’s guidance, I have found a class I finally enjoy at Taft. Currently at Taft, I am enrolled in Coach Tucker’s African American Literature class and find it the most look forward to class of the day. Through his funny and humorous lectures, I am able to learn the true diversity in the world today and relate it to current events. Coach Tucker preaches of the past obstacles African American heroes have conquered ranging from Marvin Gaye to Langston Hughes. At school, Coach Tucker’s classroom provides an excellent learning environment. Coach Tucker’s class gives students the opportunity to discuss racial conflicts in today’s society and argue both sides of the issue whether it is affirmative action or Title 9. By assigning hero essays and African American poetry readings, Coach Tucker illustrates the large contribution African Americans have made on our society throughout history despite the many obstacles and challenges they have faced. A teacher’s job is to help a student gain a better knowledge of their subject and to allow a student to successfully learn new and challenging skills. However, Coach Tucker is more than a teacher. He has influenced me, motivated me, and given me enjoyment in his class. Thank you Coach Tucker for being not only a teacher but an inspiration. Matthew Steinberg Ms. Flynn at Manual Arts High School I have had many wonderful teachers. But there’s only one that made a difference in my life. Ms. Flynn was my 10th grade teacher. Not only had she thought me history but many other things in life. She helped me to stand out for myself. To believe in myself, no matter what other people thought about me. With her advices I got to find who I really was and not pretend to be someone else. She was always there for me when I needed to talk to someone. She was not only a history teacher but also a great friend. For me, she will always be my A++ teacher and a great model to follow. Elda Cortez Ms.Rosenthal at Tarzana Elementary Dear Ms. Rosenthal, Hi, my name is Joshua Yu. I know you don’t really remember me, but I was in your class when I was 3rd & 4rth grade of yours. You have helped me through out my entire life. I haven’t expressed it yet, but I still remember all the little things you have done for me. For an example, when I had bad spelling’s, you used your time tutoring me within 3-4 hr’s when I was young. I was surprised how you can save some of your time on me, & yes I know, how time is really valuable. You have guided me through so much, even my Stanford 9 testing had a high result. Every year we receive an award. Either perfect attendance, or sportsmanship…etc.. In your class, I received one of the biggest award you can receive. I got an award that has Bill Clinton signature on it, and including perfect attendance. I was surprised, and confused a bit, but yes indeed I have received one of the biggest award in my life time, and therefore I thank you so much. I owe you a grip. I hope you take care of yourself, and stay strong. God bless you with his heart. Sincerely, Joshua Yu Mr. Tucker at Taft High School I am currently a senior enrolled at Taft High School. Through my entire high school experience I have had a few teachers that have made an impact on me and challenged me to challenge my self and work to my full potential. My favorite teacher to date would have to be my African American History teacher Mr. Edwin Tucker. By not only not just using normal boring teaching methods, Coach Tucker makes everyone in the class interpret what their learning and give their opinion on it. The diversity class and the issues we deal with are all moderated in a way that there are no hard feelings when someone may say something insensitive, but rather someone will try to educate them so they don’t make the same mistake. Mr. Tucker is teaching us all how to be tolerant of each other and make ourselves better people. Michael DoQui Ms. Roth at Taft High School Hello my name is Garen Der Sarkissian and I am a current student in Taft High School. I have been attending Taft High School for the past three years. Throughout my years at Taft I have been through many experiences with different teachers. One teacher in particular stands out the most, Ms. Roth. A member of LAUSD for the past 30 years, Ms. Roth has been through many challenges of teaching. Ms. Roth has been involved in many different school activities and in my opinion without her Taft would not be where it is standing today. What I most admire about her is the fact that she has always been there for her students, whether it involved education or their personal problems. Unfortunately I am saddened to say that this year will be the last for Ms. Roth. Taft High School will not be the same without this extraordinary teacher. I am personally honored for being her student and getting to know the wonderful teacher she really is. For teacher appreciation week I believe that we should honor Ms. Roth and state that she is the best teacher. We should honor her for all her hard work over the years and we will all miss her dearly. Garen Der Sarkissian Ms. Conant at Taft High School Hi my name is Pouria Ghafari and I want to write a letter to my English teacher Allison Conant from Taft High School. I’m a junior and English was my worse subject I hated it and I never wanted to do my work ever, now that I’m in Ms. Conant’s class I always look forward to go to her class. I’m always energized in her class because she has taught me so much and whenever I need help she’s always there for me and when I’m struggling to do my work she’s always there to motivate me and put energy back into me. English is now my favorite subject and I never miss any work because she has taught me everything I should know and now it’s really easy for me I just wanted to thank her for all of her work. Pouria Ghafari Mrs. Miller at Taft High School Mrs. Miller, my 8th grade English teacher, has done more for me than any other teacher. She taught me so much in just one year. Before I never enjoyed writing essays and short stories and I was never that good at it. English used to be my worst subject but because of her I have so much more confidence in my writing. She made it so fun and so easy. She not only made writing fun but she also made reading fun. She was also a very funny teacher. She was the type of teacher who you could talk to easily. She was incredibly kind and always listened to her students. She always took the time to help each one of her students until everyone in the class understood. I never had a teacher that cared as much as she did. I’m very lucky to have had a teacher as her. I think everyone deserve a teacher as great as her. In conclusion, she has made me smarter, more confident in writing and reading, and made me enjoy learning. Aya Makino Mr. Lopez-Arriaga, Antelope Valley School District My name is Vanessa Lopez and I am nominating my brother Luis Lopez-Arriaga as an inspiring teacher. Luis is a special education teacher in the Antelope Valley School District and has been working there for the last three years. I would have never imagined my brother as a teacher. He was the one who resented them the most. He joined the neighborhood when he was about 15. That mistake landed him in juvenile hall. That experienced scared him straight. He wasn’t a bad kid, he just made bad choices. After that, everyone assumed he would get locked up again. He was called loser by our family. Teachers and parole officers said he would never amount to anything. He would soon prove them wrong. He was chosen as a commencement speaker for his high school graduation, and is the first person (from our large Hispanic family) to go to college and graduate with a degree in political science. I finally saw him in action when he took his class to a pumpkin patch for a field trip. 12 high-strung children one can get overwhelmed. Not Luis. He had an answer for all the students’ questions. When he spoke, they listened. These kids look up to him and really cares to make an impact in there lives. Weather its impacting just one child, he is truly grateful for influencing them. Vanessa Lopez Mr. Tucker at Taft High School Everyone has one special teacher that influences there life in a way that they will never forget. I am very proud and lucky to say that I am among these people. Everyday I attend Taft High School I look forward to going to my 3rd period, which is African American Literature otherwise known to Taft as Mr. Tucker’s class. It’s also great to have him especially for 3rd period because at Taft High School 3rd period is the longest period of the day. I’ve had to pleasure of knowing Mr. Tucker before having the pleasure of being enrolled in his class, he is also the junior varsity football coach. Usually coaches at high schools just have classes throughout the day to kind of just fill time until it comes time for practice everyday. Luckily Mr. Tucker isn’t like that, he takes his teaching position very seriously and it benefits so many individuals. Though his teaching techniques are not what you would call regular but it’s what makes him one of the best teachers at Taft, it’s what sets him aside from any other teacher around. Mr. Tucker pretty much tells us how it is and opens our eyes to so many things. It’s quite obvious that Mr. Tucker truly has a deep passion to teach, its quite obvious teachers didn’t choose their career for the truck loads of money that it comes with, they are in it to it to teach and possibly change lives and Mr. Tucker is a prime example of one of those teachers. Everyday in his class something new and exciting happens and there are always great lessons to be learned. The impact that Mr. Tucker has on Taft students and the role he plays in the school should be recognized by everyone. I’m very proud and very fortunate to take the African American History class (Tucker’s Class) at Taft High School and I’m also very proud to be able to say I had one of the best teachers share some of his wisdom with me. I just wish someday Mr. Tucker will be properly recognized and given the respect his very much deserves. Jonathan Pham Mr. Tucker at Taft High School The teacher I selected was the one and only Mr. Tucker, Mr. Tucker teaches at Taft high school in Woodland Hills. He is my second period teacher in my economics class, he’s a very talented teacher with a lot of brains, he could also be funny at times and that’s what makes that class better because of his jokes that he throws at us. HE always speaks his mind, and if he thinks your not a great student he will tell you straight out. He also wants us to succeed in life, be something in life and have a better education through our year. So I would really like nominate this teacher as one of the best in the valley. Eduardo Mejia Walk of Hearts Foundation honorees My story is not about one teacher, but rather several–all of whom are being honored by the Walk of Hearts Foundation on Friday, May 12. The Walk of Hearts is a “walk of fame” for teachers, placing permanent bronze plaques in the sidewalk along Sherman Way in historic downtown All America City Canoga Park. Among the educators being honored this year are Herman Katz, who Mayor Villaraigosa credits with enabling him to complete high school and go on to college; Eleanor Bralver who is still teaching at 93; Scott King who is following the legacy of his father, Warren, who is a past recipient of a Walk of Hearts plaque and Fran Pikhart who has dedicated her life to teaching children too ill to attend school–many of them terminally ill. There are four others in the group of teachers who will receive their plaques who have more than touched a life, they have changed one. Their stories are unique–and yet universal–in the world of teachers who care, guide and make a difference. The stories we have will touch your readers. Ivy Weiss Executive Vice President Walk of Hearts Foundation. Mrs. Susan von Buelow at Calabash Street Elementary Do you remember the best teacher you had in school? The one who changed your life and your outlook forever? I would like to introduce you to a teacher who is destined to be that kind of inspiration. Her name is Mrs. Susan von Buelow and she teaches my son’s 4th grade class at Calabash Street Elementary School in Woodland Hills. What sets Susan von Buelow apart is the degree of her passion for these student’s futures and the enormous amount of extra effort and time she devotes to their intellectual and internal development. She sincerely sees her pupils as the leaders of a future that starts right now. No child is left outside of her vision. Mrs. Von Buelow sees and treats each child as a successful human being and they cannot help but believe it themselves. She has made enormous gains in the self-confidence and performance of her students. Children who were “difficult” and “underperforming” have become alert, well behaved and classroom successes. Mrs. Von Buelow does not stop her instruction at the school bell. All the children know she will be in her classroom, and you can find not only her students, but children from many other classrooms, flocking there for her help and support. No one is ever turned away. She is a firm believer in “hands-on” projects and has introduced so many wonderful programs to our school. A few of the numerous projects include an after school Lego League robot building team, Rotary Club essay competitions on the Six Pillars of Character, a class website, Terra essay scholarship competition, a school newspaper, and a school science fair. There are many more, and, these are all done in addition to her regular teaching duties. She cares so deeply about the welfare of the students at this school; she even provides bagels on test days to make sure the students have energy to do well. On rainy days, Susan will often provide hot chocolate to the kids. I could go on for hours about how Susan von Buelow has touched our lives and improved our children’s academic environment. But, the most important thing she gives is her unshakable belief in them. She KNOWS each child is smart, funny, capable and valuable, and they learn to see each other and themselves that way too. I have seen my son and his classmates be inspired to exceed their own expectations. I have been amazed at the confidence and enthusiasm for learning Mrs. von Buelow has engendered in these students. She has not just filled their brains, but has inspired their ambitions and given them the tools to succeed. I know Susan von Buelow will be an unforgettable teacher, and will continue to inspire these children, and their families, long after they leave her classroom. Eun-jeong (Eunice) Park Ms. Viadero at Taft High School I want to about my favorite teacher. Her name is Ms. Viadero who teaches Fashion Design at Taft High School. I met her when I was 11th grade. I was interesting about fashion design but not that much. Actually to be a fashion designer was like an empty dream. Therefore I ignored my dream even I loved it. I had no idea about fashion world. But!!!! She changed my mind and gave me a dream. She told us all valuable information and helped us a lot. She taught fashion illustration and the way to be a professional person in real world!! I learned how to be a professional when working with people and it was very useful in my life. Especially Ms. Viadero is a teacher who gives actual opportunities to the students. She knows how to treat students with respect and fairly. After all, what is best about her is that she helps students to find their own style. Then, she helps to shape it and make it professionally. I really thank to Ms. Video for helping me. She was more than a teacher to me and I am going to be a professional person like her. And I am going to be a success as a fashion designer. Ms. Fellner at Sinai Akiba Academy Of all of the teachers that I have had in my life, my favorite teacher, hands-down, is my mother, Ms. Marcia Fellner. Ms. Fellner teaches first grade at Sinai Akiba Academy in Los Angeles. She has taught there for over 25 years and has been teaching for over 30 years. Personally, I admire her so much for her ability to raise me and my brother on her own, and at the same time excel in her profession. She taught me and my brother how to read, made sure we did all of our homework throughout our schooling, gave us math quizzes during the summers, and taught us important values. My favorite lesson that she taught us was that the most important grade in school was how you treated your peers and teachers and your work habits. I vividly remember receiving my fourth grade report card, which had all high marks in academics, but only satisfactory marks in work habits and cooperation. I knew I was going to hear it from mom so I started to sulk and sniffle. My fourth grade teacher was so surprised to see that I was upset with my report card. When she asked why I was upset I told her that the only grade my mom looks at is my work habits and behavior grade. She just smiled. In teaching my brother and I that excelling in work habits and cooperation was paramount, my mom taught us how to be good citizens. As an adult, I now understand fully the value of work habits and cooperation. It is the work habits that will allow you to excel and it is the cooperation that will take you places. I am now an attorney and my brother is a banker. Not only has she been a positive influence in my life, she has also been an incredible teacher for hundreds of first grade students that have passed through her classroom. Each time that I visit her at her school I am constantly stopped by parents and past students who all praise her teaching style and ability. She demands discipline, hard work, and cooperation. It is hard enough to be a single-mother, but it is exceedingly challenging to be a successful mother and professional all at the same time. My mom definitely excelled in both her roles, as mother and teacher. Now she can rest assured that her two boys are all grown up and doing just fine. I am very proud of what she continues to accomplish as a lifetime educator. For those reasons, I think that my mom deserves the recognition. Thank you! Jason E. Fellner, San Francisco Mr. Gruenburg at Granada Hills Charter High School Throughout my life music had been one of my favorite subjects to learn and be taught. However, growing up I never had the resources to promote my passion for singing. Most of the time I would just sing around the house hoping someone would recognize my talent. It wasn’t until my junior at Granada Hills Charter High School did I meet the man who would forever change the way I am. His name was Craig Gruenburg and he helped me find the music in my heart. I was a shy girl who was unsure the schools choir would fulfill my dreams of singing on a stage. With his patience, understanding and unbelievable kindness, he helped me get over stage fright and accomplish my dream. He helped me find my voice and improve it. In ways he became more like my father teaching me and the rest of the choir more than music, he taught us about life. I continued with the choir until my senior year. However Mr. “G” invited me into numerous other music courses that would teach me what I missed as a child. He’s taught me how to play guitar, dance, sing and publish music. He may have the incredible skills of music but there is one thing that makes him different from most other teachers. His passion and love for each student helps them build up their self esteem and see life in a positive light. Now as I am finishing my freshman year in college, my confidence is higher and my passion for music even larger. Mr. G continues to help me to the date in my life, keeping up with my music education. He only wants me to succeed in something we both have so much passion for. I don’t know where I’d be without his positive guidance and unmistakable heart of gold. Ashley Jean Granillo Ms. Pereyra Hello there, my name is Cintia and I would like to tell you a story about a teacher, an unusual and real teacher. I lived in a place where you probably wouldn’t live for a second. No telephones, no pavement, no skyscrapers, and even worse: no cable TV. So, you are probably asking yourself where this e-mail comes from, and how got to my email box. It comes from Santa Ana, Misiones, Argentina, a hiding place in the global map. My mother used to be a teacher, and when I was 14 more or less, I started to teach with her in a particular school, a school of native people. I was used to teaching under tough conditions, like poverty, lack of infrastructure, school resources, etc. my mother took me to school with her since I was 1 year old, and I passed to be a student to a premature teacher quite fast. But nothing could prepare me for what I was going to see, to live. First day, the local government had inaugurated a new school in a native reserve; the idea was teaching native children to speak Spanish. They spoke Guaran? their mother language. My mother was designed the teacher, head teacher and also the cook. That first day, she realized that it wasn’t to be easy. She was by her own. Children weren’t used to sitting on chairs, the called my mum ?white woman? and they left the classroom one hour later. She had to get used to receiving a bad salary, walking 2 km to reach the school in rainy days because it was so flooding that no cars were allowed to go on that way. I started to go with herm and helped her in teaching. All this, and much more made me say that I would never be a teacher, so much suffer for nothing? My mum now is retired, and she still receives her students who go to my house in the town to bring her gifts, as milk or honey. They love my mum. I became ?the teacher’s daughter? Then, and now I’m teaching English in a foreign country, and my younger sister is a teacher in a remote place. I haven’t got a teacher degree, but I studied to be a translator and I was born and brought up as a teacher. Thanks for reading my letter. Yours faithfully Cintia Soledad Pereyra Ms. Valerie Turner and the teaching staff at Oliver Wendell International Middle School My name is Brett Holzhauer. I am a student at Oliver Wendell Holmes International Middle School and I’m in the 7th Grade Honor Roll. I have fortunately gotten good grades this year and been having a good time in 7th grade. But the reason I’m writing this is not to acknowledge my grades, but to show that the staff at our school is the best in LAUSD, hands down! The staff at my school is the most caring, enthusiastic, fun, and reliable staff in LAUSD. The key to our success has been our wonderful principal Ms. Valerie Turner. Even though she has only been a principal at Holmes for 1 year, she has made a mark on our school that will last forever. She is by far the best principal I’ve ever had. Also, I would like to acknowledge my teachers this year. They have been some of the best teachers I’ve ever had. They are • Mr. Pilloud (History Teacher) • Ms. Karathanas (Health+Science Teacher) • Mr. Jung (English Teacher) • Ms. Baharouzi + Mr. Acevedo (Physical Education Teachers) • Mr. Waitley + Ms. Hoglund (Math Teachers) But these are just some of the excellent staff members that we have at Holmes Middle School who make our school stand out from the rest. Some other very important staff members that we have at our school that make our school shine are • Ms. Vartanian (Assistant Principal) • Mrs. Drew (Assistant Principal) • Ms. Scott (Dean) • Mr. Roman (Magnet Coordinator) • Ms. Chapellier (Counselor) and many more!! Anyway, what I’m trying to say is that it is practically impossible to pick just one teacher out of all the great teachers here at Holmes Middle School. So I’ve decided to nominate all staff members at Holmes Middle School for Teacher Appreciation Week. Brett Michael Holzhauer Mrs. Von Buelow at Calabash Elementary This September we had a new 4th grade teacher amongst us. Many of us parents were wary of this new teacher? Would she be able to control our diverse group of kids and still be an effective teacher? Would she set a high standard for our children to aim for? As parents, we wanted the very best for our children of course. However, the school gave us no choice in the matter and we had to wait and see Now, at the end of this school year, I am one of those same wary moms writing to nominate that same teacher as an A+ Teacher! So who is this remarkable, phenomenal teacher? She is Mrs. Susan von Buelow, the 4th grade teacher at Calabash elementary school in Woodland Hills. She has not only been a fantastic teacher for our 4th grade class, but she has gone well beyond her classroom duties to inspire and lead the whole school. Mrs. Von Buelow has introduced Lego League, brought back the Science Fair, initiated the Math Club and the presidential fitness award, and entered the kids in so many different competitions. These are just a few of the things she has done for her students besides offering hot chocolate on rainy days and bagels and cream cheese for breakfast on exam days. She is always there after school to help, with a smile and the open door for anyone and everyone who wants it, including students from other classes. She is very patient, enthusiastic and has given the students the confidence they need. Her class has evolved and matured dramatically, and I know from first hand experience because I am a parent volunteer in her room a lot. I can feel the difference. I thank her from bottom of my heart and wish her the very best because she deserves it! Akram Guivatchian, Woodland Hills AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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