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Foundation honors retiring educators, outstanding teachers

Posted By Sun News On May 8, 2013 @ 11:04 am In Uncategorized | Comments Disabled

The outstanding teachers of the year, along with educators retiring at the end of the term, will be honored at the Sonoma Valley Education Foundation’s 2013 Salute to Education on Friday, May 10. The public is welcome to attend the free event, which begins at 4 p.m. at Ramekins Culinary School, Events & Inn located at 450 W. Spain St.

“We are so glad to have the continued opportunity to recognize the dedication and success of Sonoma Valley teachers,” said SVEF Executive Director Laura Zimmerman. “We work hard to make sure vital programs are available during these lean times.”

Four teachers will be honored for their special work Sally Weis, of El Verano school, for outstanding work in the Exploratorium Science Project; Darice Dekker, from Charter School, for leadership in the Teacher Support Network Program at Sonoma Valley High for exceptional teamwork in the Visual Thinking Strategies Art Program:School: Danielle Lovejoy, of Sonoma Valley High School; and for a spirit of innovation in the School Garden Project, Kristi Draluck of Prestwood.

“We are so glad to have the continued opportunity to recognize the dedication and success of Sonoma Valley teachers,” enthused SVEF Executive Director Laura Zimmerman. “We work hard here at SVEF to make sure vital programs are available during these lean times.”

The following teacher’s will be recognized at the May 10 event: for outstanding work in the Exploratorium Science Project, Sally Weis, of El Verano school; for exceptional teamwork in the Visual Thinking Strategies Art Program: Darice Dekker, from Charter School; for leadership in the Teacher Support Network Program at Sonoma Valley High School, Danielle Lovejoy; and for a spirit of innovation in the School Garden Project, Kristi Draluck of Prestwood.

The event will begin at 4 p.m. as the school superintendent and board of trustees recognize and congratulate employees upon their retirement from teaching and/or assisting students of the Sonoma Valley Unified School District. They include: from Altimira Middle School, teachers Terry Roberts, 20 years of service, and Mariam Rasmussen, 28 years; from El Verano School, Kerry Cambio, teacher, 20 years; from Prestwood School, Roberta Trevino, teacher, 15 years; and from Sassarini School, Katie White, kitchen manager, 23 years.

Retiring from Sonoma Valley High School are: Brigitta Crews, teacher, 37 years; Mike Lyons, teacher, 27 years; Owen Tuttle, teacher, 22 years; Dennis Bollman, custodian, 35 years; and interim principal Lynn Fitzpatrick, who spent three years with the school district. Also on the list are Richard Clarke, bus driver, 15 years, and, from the dirstict office, Lorna Todeschini, administrative secretary, 24 years.

There will be a brief reception at 5:30, followed by the recognition of the individual teachers. The El Sistema based Valley Vibes Orchestra students from El Verano School will perform.

This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to theresa@svgreatschools.org or call 935.9566.

New board members. The Sonoma Valley Education Foundation has added three new members to its board of directors: Ed Lowe, Les Vadasz and Tim Wallace.

“I couldn’t be happier to work with this dedicated group at such a critical yet optimistic time for improving our local public schools,” Zimmerman said.

Lowe, a former investment banker, is an active advisory board member for ‘Students Rising Above,’ an organization offering support and full scholarships for high school students seeking to gain admission to a four-year University. Les Vadasz, and his wife Judy, are prominent philanthropists in the Sonoma Valley. Tim Wallace, president of the Benziger Family Winery, has served on the many Sonoma Valley boards, including the Sonoma Valley Visitors Bureau, the Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance and currently serves on the Board of the Sonoma Valley High School Development Trust.

The new members join Jan Davis, Jette Franks, Debra Garber, Molly Fedorchak, Michael George, Anne Kuschner, Camerino Hawing, Will Deeths, Susan Reber, Vanessa Rognlien, Charles Young and Jean Barnier for the 2013 term.

Since 1993, the Sonoma Valley Education Foundation has raised over 5 million dollars for the public schools of Sonoma Valley. The purpose of the Sonoma Valley Education Foundation is to fund programs that help the Sonoma Valley Unified School District make sure every student graduates well prepared for college, career and civic responsibility.


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