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San Miguel Teacher of the Year

posted Sep 13, 2011, 10:18 PM by Laverne Buckman   [ updated Nov 15, 2011, 2:40 PM ]

Laura Learned Teacher of the Year
Laura Learned
Laura Learned was named the San Miguel teacher of the Year on Wednesday, May 27th for the 2010-2011 school year. 
"I am very honored and humbled by this great honor.  I feel blessed to work with the teachers and staff in the San Miguel School District.  They are wonderful colleagues and friends and I thank them all for this great honor.  This is my fourteenth year working in the San Miguel School District.  I have worked 12 at the Lillian Larsen site and the first two years that Cappy Culver was open at that site.  I have taught a lot of different things and feel fortunate to have had that opportunity.  I was hired as the music specialist at the school, taught 8th grade Literature and Language arts, Co-taught 7th grade Language Arts with Mrs. Darrow, 7th grade science, 4th, 5th, 4/5, 3/4, and my current assignment in third grade.  I have been involved in the community as well at my church leading a band, and other church related "jobs".  Again I am honored that the district has named me teacher of the year.
Laura Learned is nominated to be Teacher of the Year for many reasons.... Her energy is unending, and in fact this year she has voluntarily piloted the recess before lunch program giving up her lunch to ensure that her students have the opportunity to play before eating.  Students stay after school in her classroom everyday for tutoring that she freely provides.  Laura's sense of selflessness enhances the quality of education for our students and our District.
Not only does Laura give her time and energy to the students but she also is the Secretary / Treasurer for the Teachers Association.  She serves on the negotiation team and is the State Council alternate....  This all takes time on top of teaching.  She is greatly appreciated and deserves recognition for her dedication to the teachers and students of San Miguel School District. - Nomination written by Mary Strobridge and Nicole Johnson (abbreviated for posting)

Governor's Fitness Council Honors San Miguel Teacher

posted Sep 13, 2011, 10:16 PM by Laverne Buckman   [ updated Nov 15, 2011, 2:40 PM ]

Eileen Rogers works with a student
Eileen Rogers works with a student

The 2010 Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports Spotlight Awards winners were announced by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Council Chairman Jake Steinfeld on Friday, September 17 to recognize the efforts of principals, teachers, non-profit organizations, events, park programs, parent associations and schools that positively impact the physical activity levels and well being of California children. Eileen Rogers, a local P.E. teacher at Lillian Larsen Elementary in San Miguel, was selected as the 2010 Bronze Medallist in the “Teacher of the Year” category.  The grand prize winning schools and other Spotlight Award medallists, along with Eileen, were selected from 2,425 nominations based on their use of innovation, inspiration and initiative to motivate California students to be physically active.      

Research shows that regular physical activity during childhood and adolescence helps build healthier bones and muscles, increases self-esteem, and reduces the risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes.  Lillian Larsen’s campus reflects the importance of a healthy lifestyle through many of their adopted programs and initiatives, such as: the Soils to Succulent Flavors school garden program, Healthy Hornets youth advocacy group,cafeteria fresh produce tastings, Promotoras program, and the newly-adopted Breakfast First and Recess-Before-Lunch school policies.    Eileen has been the inspiration and drive behind the Healthy Hornets,  getting students active, Breakfast First and Recess-Before-Lunch.

As part of Eileen’s award, Lillian Larsen will be receiving $1000 to further support physical activity programswithin the school to help students stay on the road to good health; the Spotlight Awards are sponsored by Anthem Blue Cross Foundation.  The California Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to promoting physical activity for all Californians with an emphasis on children and youth.  Governor Schwarzenegger is the Honorary Chairman and Council members include Chairman Jake Steinfeld, Vice Chairman Peter Vidmar, and California sports legends such as Tony Hawk, Laila Ali, Misty May-Treanor, Jack LaLanne, Lisa Leslie, Michelle Kwan, Serena Williams and Jerry Rice.  Governor’s Council Key Initiatives include the Governor’s Challenge, the Governor’s Council Spotlight Awards Presented by Anthem Blue Cross Foundation, the Governor’s Council Activity Guide, the Live Like a Champion Tour powered by Anthem Blue Cross and Exercise is Medicine.  Founding sponsors are the Anthem Blue Cross Foundation and Kaiser Permanente.  For more information visit www.CalGovCouncil.org.  - story and photo submitted by Laverne Buckman

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