Sheila Young, Jordan Class of 1998, is the first doctor from Jordan’s Aspirations in Medical Services Academy (AIMS) to return to work in Long Beach. She is featured in an April 9 article at gazettes.com. Young has accepted a residency at Long Beach Memorial. Over the years, AIMS has helped to produce at least one other doctor, several pharmacists, nurses and specialists. Young said her time at Jordan and the guidance of AIMS lead teacher Sabrina Arney contributed to her success.
Several students from the California Academy of Mathematics and Science performed well during the recent History Day L.A. event at Azusa Pacific University and will move onto statewide competition. The students explored leadership and legacy in history through writing, documentaries, exhibits, websites and performances. Going to state are Alexander Fuentes, Thomas Allbright, Helman Gabalunos, Marina Garcia and Vincent Perez for their documentary, “Christine Sterling: The Mother of Olvera Street;” Kenny Diep for the documentary, “The King of the Bootleggers;” Celeste Goodwin for the exhibit, “There it is. Take it: William Mulholland Deals Water to Los Angeles;” Kaitlyn Blake for the exhibit, “Tall or Small? Harvey Cushing and the Pituitary Body;” Kate Finn for the exhibit, “John Muir and the Legacy of the Sierra Club;” and Adam Oshan, Dino Rozac and Daniel Nguyen for their website, “Maurice Hillemann: The Father of Modern Vaccines.” Runners up were Natachi Onwudiwe for the website, “Taking a Stand, Leaving a Legacy;” and Troy Daley, Lena Mourad, Eric Cao and Luis Orozco for the website, “Ellen H. Swallow Richards: Legacy in the STEM Fields.”
National Board Certified teacher and English Co-chair Susan Carle of CAMS earned a $10,000 Character Lab Teacher Innovation Grant. The nonprofit Character Lab sponsored the contest to find promising practices for teaching character.
Seven local students recently received awards from the Long Beach Council for Exceptional Children Chapter 108. The students, who were nominated by a teacher, principal counselor or other school staff for showing tremendous improvement in the classroom, were Dayna Bawolski of Bancroft; Sam Snuggs of Bixby, Rusty Totman of Kettering, Luke Veloz of Lindsey, Tallulah Adkins-Bonilla of Alvarado, Mia Perez of Buffum and Justin Dimas of Cabrillo.
Cabrillo High School Assistant Principal Matt Brown was named Educator of the Year by the nonprofit International Trade Education Programs (ITEP). The organization connects the international trade business community to the classroom to develop career-ready, college-prepared high school students.
Among the 28 people and organizations honored at the City of Long Beach’s Go Long Beach Awards for outstanding contributions to the community were former Long Beach Unified School District Board of Education President Mary Stanton, Poly High School Teacher Jeff Montooth and LBUSD Child Development Center Director Lois Irving. Stanton served on the school board for 24 years before her recent retirement. Montooth’s students have earned numerous regional and national honors including C-SPAN’s top prize for documentaries. Irving volunteers for the African American Health Project and has helped to organize the Martin Luther King Jr. parade for 22 years.