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Oct. 19, 2015
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For the past 11 years, the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce has honored educators in our community with the annual Crystal Apple Excellence in Education Awards. Nominees are sought in the categories of licensed, support, and administrative staff. Up to three winners are selected in each category and announced at the Crystal Apple Awards Dinner, this year was held on Thursday, February 25, 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Tuality Health Education Center. And the nominees and recipients are:
The Teacher Standards and Practices Commission will not be able to accept new applications or payment from Jan. 1 to Jan. 18 due to transition to a new online licensing system. Beginning Jan. 19, you will need to apply and pay fees online.
Fees: Fees will increase effective Jan. 1, 2016. You can apply six months prior to license expiration – pay the current fee before Dec. 31. To apply by mail, email, fax, or in person and pay by check, cash or money order, TSPC must receive your application by Dec. 31, 5 p.m.
More information is available at: http://www.oregon.gov/TSPC/Pages/index.aspx
Classified staff are invited to attend an informational meeting on Wed., Jan. 6, 2016, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., to learn more about the BTP teacher preparation program that leads to a teaching license and ESOL endorsement. Click here for the flyer or view more information about the program and application process at pdx.edu/ci/btp. Applications are due by April 13, 2016.
Funds can be requested for PLCs to have time to work collaboratively on school improvement goals. Check the form for activities that could qualify, then talk with your principal about your ideas.
PLC collaboration request for Title I schools
Featured Staff Member: Sylvia Healy, Century High School
Since 2007, Sylvia Healy has been a bilingual assistant at Century High School. She defines herself as a facilitator for students, originating from Mexico to Guatemala to Vietnam, to experience the new language and culture here in the U.S. Her role is to help students become independent, confident and successful, not just academically, but in life. Healy also assists their parents, helping them as well to understand the education system and support their children. They are more than eager to do so, she says, but just need guidance and resources.
Healy understands their struggles. “I didn’t have the connection when I came [from Mexico] many years ago,” she said. “I know how hard it is.”
In 2011, Healy decided that she would be a “better asset to HSD and students” as a bilingual teacher. She enrolled in the Bilingual Teacher Pathway at Portland State University three years ago to work on her credential. In January, she will start student-teaching. Healy hopes to become a full-time teacher of Spanish and English as a Second Language next fall.
It’s clear that Healy loves working with ESL and migrant students. A classroom board is filled with photos of graduates from the past four years who have worked hard with her to achieve their diplomas after starting school not knowing any English. She points at the students fondly, recalling their success stories.
“They’re the reason I’m here. Besides being good students,” Healy says with immense pride, “they are good citizens.”
Lisa Gamache is the epitome of persistence and perseverance along a path that wasn't always a straight one. She started as a classified speech pathology assistant with the Hillsboro School District more than 10 years ago, originally went to school to become a speech pathologist, then realized that teaching was more of her passion. While raising her twin boys as a single mother and working two other jobs outside the district, she took online classes at Western Governor's University, achieving her general and special education credentials last year.
Modest about her achievements, Gamache said, "I only did what any other single mom would have done," in finding a new path.
Now, Gamache is a teacher of a 5/6-blended classroom at Mooberry Elementary, after student-teaching special education high school students. She sought opportunities in HSD because it was important to her that she teach in the district her sons attended. She loves being at Mooberry and the supportive and collaborative environment the principal and staff have created.
"My best day is when the students are fully engaged in learning," Gamache said, "especially when a student 'gets it' after working hard." It's those "a-ha" moments that re-affirm her decision to teach.
Gamache is down to just two jobs, training a replacement for her non-district job, and enjoying her nascent teaching career. Her boys are now grown and seeking their own paths after progressing from the first-ever kindergarten class at Patterson Elementary to Evergreen Middle School to graduating from Glencoe High. She hopes they can use her as an example and find their own passions as she did.
TimiSue Abbott, a resource specialist at Farmington View Elementary, is recognized by co-worker Sara Ruiz as always being "professional and positive." Ruiz adds: "She goes out of her way to help everyone and is ... full of knowledge and very resourceful. Student success is her number one goal."
From her beginnings as a student teacher at the old Witch Hazel campus in 1989, Abbott has spent the past 26 years teaching general education in K-6 grades and special education in K-12. A parent of two sons who graduated from Century High School, she felt that it was important for her sons to attend in the same district in which she taught. She is excited about her older son following her into teaching, and hopes her younger one will do the same.
As a staff member, alumni parent and community member, Abbott believes schools in the district provide a "sense of neighborhood, family and culture - it's home. I wouldn't want to be anywhere else."
Resources for Teachers at the Textbook Warehouse
All staff are invited to stop by the District’s textbook warehouse (22775 NW Dogwood, Hillsboro 97124; near Orenco Elementary School) on Wednesday, Sept. 16, between 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. to shop for resources for their classrooms.
The materials will be most relevant for elementary and middle school-level teachers: classroom sets of books, practice books, textbooks, leveled readers, and more. Many of the available items are consumables that are not currently searchable in our system, so please come peruse the inventory to see if there’s something you can use.
Treats will be provided!
For more information, contact District Librarian Tim Carlisle (x4367) or Hilhi Library Technician Linden Becker (x3808).