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21 Teachers Receive Carpe Diem Awards

Twenty-one exemplary middle school teachers, chosen by their peers, won Carpe Diem Awards during the recent Carpe Diem dinner at the Hyatt Regency. The evening's awards ceremony also included Boeing's presentation of a $65,000 check to the Long Beach Education Partnership and its seamless education efforts. "Education is our company's number one community priority," said Dr. David Spong, vice president and general manager, Boeing Aircraft and Tanker Programs. "We want our contributions to foster innovation and student achievement. As a major employer, we benefit from that--and of course, so does the community at large." The Carpe Diem Award winners are: Pati-Sue Ashcraft, Hill; Stacy Casanave, Newcomb; Julie Danks, Marshall; Juan Dominguez, Franklin; Joe Godsil, Hudson; Satinder Hawkins, Rogers; Gail Hill, Butler; Loretta Horther, Hughes; Chad Hutchins, Long Beach Preparatory Academy; Susie Ibarra, Washington; Robin Kilgallen, Constellation; Jim Morin, Robinson; Robert Nevarez, Jefferson; Gloria Perry, Bancroft; Joanne Richardson, Stephens; Philip Solis, Hamilton; Peggy Stivers, DeMille; Greg Tate, Stanford; Lucy Underwood, Cubberley; Judy Wade, Lindbergh; and Andy Wiblemo, Hoover. The awards honor innovative instructors who share effective teaching techniques with colleagues, and who display dedication to students beyond the classroom. The name Carpe Diem (Latin for "Seize the Day") symbolizes the energy of teachers who go beyond the call of duty. The Boeing funds will support the following activities: All Teachers Are Teachers of Writing, counseling reform and articulation agreements involving the Long Beach Unified School District, Cal State Long Beach and Long Beach City College. Articulation is a process to help students make a smooth transition from elementary to middle school, then to high school and beyond. One benefit is that it allows students to enroll in courses that will earn them both high school and college credits. "We are deeply grateful for this substantial gift to the seamless education of our children," said Dr. Carl Cohn, superintendent of schools. "Boeing is an exemplary corporate citizen with whom we are proud to be associated. I can think of no better way to make a lasting difference in thousands of young lives." The awards dinner was made possible by a grant from the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation. Keynote speaker was James Popham, a national expert on student achievement.