Names in the News

Teachers Debra Palmer of Chavez Elementary School and William Diaz-Brown of Willard Elementary School recently were among 32 teachers nationwide to earn Raytheon Engineering is Elementary (EiE) Teacher Scholarships, allowing them to travel to the Museum of Science in Boston this month for professional development.  The $2,500 awards include materials for one of the nation’s leading elementary engineering programs.

Tiffany Brown, director of coordinated student services for the Long Beach Unified School District, was one of six people to earn an IMPACT Award recently from City Prosecutor Doug Haubert.  The award honored Brown’s efforts to work with the City Prosecutor to reduce chronic truancy in the school district.

Felicia Anderson, assistant principal at Jordan High School, has successfully defended her Cal State Long Beach doctoral dissertation, a study of the positive impact of Millikan High School’s two certified Linked Learning Pathways (PEACE and COMPASS) on African-American students.  Serving on Anderson’s committee alongside her CSULB committee members was LBUSD Assistant Superintendent and Chief Academic Officer Jill Baker.

The Association of California School Administrators, Region 14, honored Poly JUSTICE academy student and athlete DaWon Smith.  Each district in the South Bay region that constitutes Region 14 is allowed to nominate one student who has overcome great obstacles to achieve success.  DaWon was nominated by the JUSTICE team at Poly, forwarded to the Association of Long Beach Educational Managers, and sent to the region then state level.

Wilson Classical High School Senior Julian Yano recently won first place in LBUSD at the Lions Club Student Speaker Contest.  He moves onto the third tier of competition in April.

LBUSD’s Concerned African American Parents recently held their student oration contest.  Winning students and their schools in the category of grades 3 to 5 were: first place, Benjamin Jackson, Bixby; second, Tru Jones, Bixby; third, Kennyetta Coulter, Riley.  Winners in grades 6 to 8 were: first place, Leighton Williams, Hoover; second, Jasir Jones, Bancroft; third, Caleb Jackson, Nelson.  Winners in grades 9 to 12 were: first place, Tatiana Tate, Poly; second, Landon Williams, Lakewood; third, Prince Mays, Millikan.  Judges were retired LBUSD employee and CAAP founder Ninette Richardson, Whittier Elementary School Principal Lori Grady and Board of Education Member Felton Williams.

Board of Education Member Mary Stanton received an award from the Long Beach Symphony Association for dedicated support of arts in education.