Teachers

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Teacher Spotlight: Meet Aneek deGama

Since earning her teaching credential from Cal State University, Bakersfield 12 years ago, Aneek daGama has been teaching in the High Desert. She spent two of those years with the Palmdale School District before she began teaching with the Lancaster School District. Aneek received her STEM certification from Project Lead The Way and is currently in her third year as the STEM teacher at Discovery School.

Read the full article here: http://www.meeconline.com/

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Get Inspired: Our Favorite Teacher Story of the Week

Our readers, along with celebrities and others, gush over the teachers they adore. Here’s our favorite this week.

 

Inspired by our documentary TEACH, we got talking about how we all have a favorite teacher we often think of, but that we rarely share these important stories out loud. So we’ve kicked off a contest asking readers to send us stories about the teacher who’s had the biggest, most positive influence in their life. And we’re donating upwards of $10,000 to the schools of those teachers with the most and best entries.

Below, Brandon Zavala shares the story of his favorite teacher, Shawn Johnson of William J. Knight High School in Palmdale, Calif.

I always had a fondness for learning. Picking up a book and losing myself within the pages of a story was an organic trait. However, what I lacked was the breadth of historical expansion and passion for the world beyond what I knew in the books and movies I had seen in my youth. Eleventh-grade U.S. History changed that. I had this teacher that did not push me to my limits but inspired me to push myself to the precipice of my own understanding. Teaching for him didn't feel like a lesson plan, or some predefined "assigned-learning-outcome." It was natural and flowing. On the first day of class he told us that his hope would be that we wouldn't just flip past the History Channel on our way to whatever was on MTV or Comedy Central. Now my TV is locked on the History Channel or PBS during a Ken Burns documentary. Mr. Johnson was not easy though. He set the bar high, challenged us, and we all sprinted to the rolling cadence of his dynamic lectures that captured my attention as the 1969 moon landing captured the attention of the world and the imaginations of a generation of children. It was the stories he accompanied alongside the lectures. Andrew Jackson being told as a child by a British soldier, "Clean my boots," and Jackson's attempt to kill the redcoat. Or the real-life stories of how the New Deal affected Americans. He made history come alive and understood that it wasn't the past but the prediction of the present. Shawn Scott Johnson, thank you for adding fuel to a fire. It wasn't about getting an A. It became about the desire to make you proud and show how much we knew, the passion you instilled in us that made the opportunity to sit in your classroom a privilege.

Send us your story to help us grow the donation pile ($2 added for every story up to $50,000), honor your teacher, and possibly win money for your school. So tell us, who’s your teacher hero?

This article was created as part of the social action campaign for the documentary TEACH, produced by TakePart’s parent company, Participant Media, in partnership with Bill and Melinda Gates.

Article from the site: http://www.takepart.com/article/2014/07/18/get-inspired-our-favorite-teacher-story-week

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Bring an Engineer to Your Classroom
If you are interested in bringing an engineer to your school, please complete the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics request form found below. The Engineers in the Classroom program consists of more than 200 volunteer employees that are trained to lead K-12 students in a career presentation and hands-on activity. A visit typically lasts 45 – 60 minutes and can be tailored to meet students’ specific needs.
Request a visit using this form!

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No-Cost Summer Travel for Teachers

What Experience is Right for You?

The Application Adventure

Decisions, Decisions

I Have an Invite -- What's Next?

Read about one teachers expericence in the area and the helpful hints she can provide.  http://www.edutopia.org/blog/summer-travel-for-teachers-suzanne-acord