The CCSD School-Community Partnership Program is accepting nominations for this year’s Teacher of the Game recognition program. One teacher will be selected and recognized at each UNLV Runnin’ Rebel home game. To nominate a CCSD teacher, visit http://ccsd.net/game. Nominations are due by Sept. 26, 2014. For more information, click here or call Judy Myers at (702) 799-6560.
Sun Li is one of four Chinese teachers in the Clark County School District participating in an exchange program run by Han Ban, a public institution affiliated with the Chinese Ministry of Education. Li teaches at Spring Valley High School. Click here to learn more about this outstanding educator.
McDonald’s will award up to $30,000 in "MAC Grants" to 60 local teachers in Nov. for the 2014 fall semester. Teachers are invited to apply for up to $500 for their classroom. The MAC Grants program is funded by local McDonald’s owner/operators and is available to all southern Nevada K-8 teachers. Teachers can apply online at https://mcdonaldsvegas.wufoo.com/forms/mac-grants-application-2014. The application deadline is Oct. 1, 2014.
Sedway Middle School teacher Grace Lazarin has nothing but praise for the Teacher Exchange, which helps teachers obtain needed school supplies at heavily discounted prices. Lazarin told the View newspaper, “This is just wonderful because it is so economically feasible to come here and get supplies for my classroom at a fraction of the cost of other places.” The newspaper said, “The Teacher Exchange program, 4350 S. Maryland Parkway, is an initiative implemented by the Public Education Foundation that allows teachers to obtain classroom supplies at point value in exchange for a $20 donation that has the purchasing power of up to $750 worth of school supplies.”
Sewell Elementary School teacher Brenda Moynihan was all smiles on Sept. 10, 2014 when she was officially named one of 15 finalists in the Dream Big Award sponsored by Farmers Insurance. In December, the Dream Big Challenge will present $100,000 to each of the five teachers selected from the 15 finalists. Moynihan teaches third grade at Sewell and is now in her fourth year at the school.
You might say Michael Kimm is a rock star – literally. The theatre teacher at Cimarron-Memorial High School has been climbing rocks for nearly 20 years. Not only is it a challenging and rewarding sport, but the Michigan native says it helps him on the job as well. An eight-year veteran of the Clark County School District (CCSD), Kimm worked at Legacy High School and Peterson Behavior School prior to joining Cimarron-Memorial three years ago. Outside of his work as an educator, Kimm can boast many professional credits both in New York City and around the country. He has been a professional actor, director, musician, designer, technician, stuntman and choreographer. A recent “Newsmakers” article provides more information about this unique CCSD educator.
After serving as a teacher and administrator at Green Valley High School for 23 years, Jeff Horn has left the school to become an assistant chief student achievement officer for Performance Zone 10. According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, “His new role is to supervise the schools that feed into Green Valley and Silverado high schools, which includes 12 elementary schools and three middle schools.” Kent Roberts, who was principal of Boulder City High School, replaces Horn at the helm of GVHS.
In January, UNLV will roll out a new master’s program for educators, focused on the evolving needs of school principals. According to the Las Vegas Sun, “Principals today need to know how to educate teachers on new teaching techniques to engage students, engage the community for resources and work with social service organizations helping students.” The new program was designed with help from CCSD and Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky.
John Isola, the new football coach at Legacy High School, is a big believer in discipline. He told the Las Vegas Review-Journal, “I think the kids notice that I’m really serious in organization and I’m very serious in discipline.” Stressing the importance of unity, the 16-year CCSD veteran said, “I’m preaching to these kids that they’re each other’s brother’s keeper. And they’re going to be family.” Isola previously coached at Desert Pines, Shadow Ridge, Western and Spring Valley High Schools.
Dr. Marshall Darnell, who spent 30 years as an educator in the Clark County School District, died Aug. 21, 2014. Sherman Frederick of the Las Vegas Review-Journal pays tribute to Dr. Darnell in an Aug. 28 column.