Nine more teachers in the Long Beach Unified School District have earned the highest professional distinction in teaching, National Board Certification. Another three teachers renewed their national certification. Newly certified are Cathy Brady, Stanford; Mark Ennen, Newcomb; Mary O'Halloran, Lakewood; Julie Weckerly, Kettering; Jennifer Stuart, Wilson; Katherine Tacea, Library Services; Maria Avina, Holmes; Emily Lloyd, Lincoln; and Susan Carle, CAMS. Renewing their certificate for another 10 years are Roberta Patterson, Millikan; Deborah Bober, Cubberley; and John Arfwedon, Poly.
Wilson Classical High School students Samantha Newman, Charly Champa, Christin Sum and Parker Sullivan earned first place at the regionals of the Student Summit on the Ocean and Climate, held by the Aquarium of the Pacific and the Coastal America Partnership. Their teacher is Ken Hamilton. The students will now travel to Washington, D.C. to compete at the nationals in March.
Kettering Elementary School teacher Amelia Valinsky-Fillipow and her students are featured on the cover of Cal State Long Beach’s fall 2012 edition of the “Beach Review” magazine along with CSULB student athletes who help out in Kettering classrooms. The cover story, “Ready, Set Serve” details the many hours of volunteer service provided to schools and community organizations by the university’s student athletes.
History teachers Gerry Morrison of Hoover Middle School and Tim Mulvehill of Millikan High School were among 40 American educators awarded the Korea Society’s 2012 Summer Fellowship in Korean Studies. The group consisted primarily of world history instructors and included teachers and administrators from across the United States. In Seoul the fellows attended an intensive seminar program at Korea University, and they toured South Korea’s many historical sites. After returning home, Morrison and Mulvehill developed lesson plans to be posted on the Korea Society’s website, and they gave presentations to LBUSD’s history department chairs about their experiences abroad.