2001-2002 Press ReleasesContact: Christine McGrew; Jill Walker
SAN BERNARDINO — The San Bernardino County Board of Education recognized 30 new National Board Certified Teachers at its monthly meeting today. The board also recognized Yellow Ribbon Week contest winners and honorees, as well as a retiring employee of the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools (SBCSS) office.
The 30 new National Board Certified Teachers are the largest group in a single year for San Bernardino County, bringing the county’s total to 50. Sixteen of the county’s 33 school districts now have at least one National Board Certified Teacher. Gov. Gray Davis’ goal is to have at least one National Board Certified Teacher in each school in the state by 2005.
“When we think of teachers, these are the best of the best,” said County Superintendent Herbert Fischer.
The teachers are listed by district with their areas of certification and schools:
Apple Valley Unified School District—Mary Ibe, early adolescence science, Academy for Academic Excellence; and Julia Bussey, middle childhood generalist, Mariana Elementary School.
Barstow Unified School District—Anne Marie Sampey-Ward, early childhood through young adulthood exceptional needs specialist, Henderson School; Mary Lynn Gibbon, middle childhood generalist, Hinkley Elementary/Middle School; and Alice Berkman, early adolescence through young adulthood art, Kennedy Middle School.
Bear Valley Unified School District—Lisa Hahn, middle childhood generalist, Big Bear Elementary School; Scott Waner, middle childhood generalist, Big Bear Elementary School; and Kimberly Cavanagh, middle childhood generalist, North Shore School.
Central School District—Barbara Morales, early adolescence English language arts, Ruth Musser Middle School.
Chaffey Joint Union High School District—Brian Jeffrey, adolescence and young adulthood English language arts, Rancho Cucamonga High School; and Faye Vallone-Visconti, adolescence and young adulthood English language arts, Rancho Cucamonga High School.
Chino Valley Unified School District—Sharon Quesnel, middle childhood generalist, Rolling Ridge Elementary School.
Colton Joint Unified School District—Julie Towne, early childhood generalist, Jurupa Vista School; and Florence Hinckley, early and middle childhood English as a new language, Crestmore School.
Fontana Unified School District—Gloria Swift, early childhood through young adulthood exceptional needs specialist, Alder Middle School; Bonnie Adama, early childhood generalist, Cypress Elementary School; Carolyn Oleson, early childhood generalist, Cypress Elementary School; Scott Houston, early adolescence mathematics, Henry J. Kaiser High School; Joan Ward, middle childhood generalist, Maple Elementary School; and Elice Olson, early childhood generalist, Tokay Elementary School.
Hesperia Unified School District—Sandra Brower, early childhood generalist, Cottonwood School.
Morongo Unified School District—Maurilee Walker, early childhood generalist, Onaga Elementary School; and Jennifer Beasley, adolescence and young adulthood English language arts, Twentynine Palms High School.
Ontario-Montclair School District—Sue Pigoni, early childhood generalist, Mission School; Renee Robles, early childhood generalist, Mission School; and Peggy Martin, early childhood generalist, Ramona School.
San Bernardino Unified School District—Jerry Tivey, adolescence and young adulthood English language arts, Cajon High School; Pamela Shetler, middle childhood generalist, Roosevelt School; and Shirley Linn, early childhood generalist, Thompson School.
Victor Elementary School District—Jan Gonzales, early adolescence English language arts, Liberty Elementary School.
The certifications were announced in November.
San Bernardino County held its third annual Yellow Ribbon Week celebration in January. Students were asked to design bookmarks with the theme “I Help Make My School Safe by…” About 350 entries were submitted from students in kindergarten through 12th grade.
Fourth-grader Matthew Brooks of Palmetto Elementary School in Fontana won in the kindergarten through fifth-grade category for his submission on “I Help Make My School Safe by Following the Rules.” Eighth-grader Savana Johnson of Rialto Middle School won in the sixth- through eighth-grade category for her submission on “I Make My School Safe by Being Color Blind.”
The winners of the bookmark contest received a bicycle courtesy of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department and Manny Acosta of Pepe’s Towing, as well as a certificate of participation and a medallion.
Schools nominated parents and school staff for their dedication in promoting school safety as part of Yellow Ribbon Week. The three individuals recognized were Laurette Wellinger, a teacher at Cameron School in Barstow, Steve Mooney, a recreational aide and parent at Palm Avenue Elementary School in San Bernardino, and Brenda Brennan, a parent at Sacred Heart Academy in Redlands.
The board also recognized Regina Suddreth who retired from SBCSS Feb. 8. Suddreth has been a teacher in the independent study program with the Student Services Division since 1993.