Clark High School music teacher Charles Cushinery is one of just 10 music teachers from 10 cities across eight states to be named a finalist for the first annual Music Educator Award™ presented by The Recording Academy® and the GRAMMY Foundation®. In total, more than 30,000 initial nominations were submitted from all 50 states. The winner will be announced in January.
Science teacher Joshua Hager is well-liked by his students at Las Vegas Academy, where he emphasizes the importance of a college education. Hager is profiled in a Las Vegas Review-Journal “R-Jeneration” article.
Brad Keating believes many people don’t know what happens to special education students after they complete high school. Where do they go? What do they do? Keating knows the answers, because he runs a post-secondary program for students with disabilities at West Career and Technical Academy (WCTA). The Program Approach to Career Employment (PACE) is a federally-funded, postsecondary transition program for students with disabilities who have completed at least four years of high school, have obtained an adjusted diploma and want to find employment. Keating is featured in a Dec. 5, 2013 “Newsmakers” article.
Sporting a tee-shirt and a black wig, Bell Elementary School Principal Jaymes Aimetti sat atop the roof of his school on Nov. 14, 2013 to promote literacy. As the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported, Aimetti read "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" as part of Pizza Hut's BOOK IT! program. The newspaper said Aimetti wanted to emphasize that students can read anywhere, not just in a classroom. He said, "Reading is universal."
Despite enormous challenges, Canyon Springs High School Dean of Students Eddie Garcia has been an inspiration to others, partly through his coaching for outside youth sports. Recently, Garcia was selected as this year’s National Youth Sports Coaches Association Coach of the Year. For more information, go to http://www.nays.org/article/10843-NYSCA-Coach-of-the-Year's-amazing-spirit-impacting-lives. Garcia is also profiled in a Las Vegas Sun article.
The Clark County School District Food Service Department presented its Five Star Dining Excellence Award, its most prestigious award, to Greenspun Junior High School Cafeteria Manager Ewa Antczak. The award is presented to the top manager of a school kitchen and staff for completing a year's observations, culminating with a very critical three phased final inspection of management, procedural operations and food safety. Criteria include kitchen and equipment cleanliness, accurate and complete temperature logs, student meal participation, food appearance, effective and efficient meal service, zero demerits for two consecutive bi-annual Southern Nevada Health District inspections, accurate and complete production records and inventory records, and excellent customer relations with student customers and school staff. Pictured: Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky presents Ewa Antczak and the Greenspun JHS food services staff with the Five Star Dining Excellence Award.
Teachers can apply for $35,000 in education grants through the CenturyLink Clarke M. Williams Foundation’s Teachers and Technology grant program. According to the View newspaper, applications are open to southern Nevada teachers who wish to increase student achievement through the innovative use of technology in their classrooms. The application deadline is Jan. 10 and the grants will be presented in April. For more information, visit centurylinkteachersandtech.com.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal announced that Western High School teacher Megan Krier was named Clark County Educator of the Month for Oct. 2013. The earth science teacher was selected for the honor by a panel that includes members of the CCSD Board of School Trustees, the Public Education Foundation, Teach for America and private school representatives.
The Clark County School District Food Service Department presented its most prestigious award to Ewa Antczak, the cafeteria manager of Greenspun Junior High School. Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky presented the award to Antczak in Nov. 2013 and also recognized the entire school kitchen staff, saying it takes a complete team to do the job well. Antczak immigrated with her family to the United States in 2002 and began working for CCSD Food Service in 2004. She has been in her present position as manager at Greenspun JHS since March 2009. She was also named Manager of the Year in the 2012-2013 school year.
There was no shortage of tears and smiles as six Clark County School District (CCSD) support staff employees were honored during a ceremony at Northwest Career and Technical Academy (NWCTA) on Nov. 20, 2013 as part of American Education Week, a celebration of public education. Board of School Trustees member Patrice Tew praised the employees, saying, "You are key in the lives of our children." Trustee Dr. Linda E. Young told the honorees they do their jobs "with style, grace, caring, commitment and just plain love." The event paid tribute to the following individuals:
- Eddie Winemiller, transportation operations assistant
- Robyn Matson, bus driver
- George Madden, bus driver
- TJ Abbington, secretary to the deputy superintendent
- Jeannette Peters, first aid safety assistant
- Hayley Bischoff, graphic artist
The event recognized not only the six honorees but also the contributions of the district's approximately 11,000 support staff employees. Heartfelt emotions about the school district and helping children were evident as the honorees spoke about the passion they feel for their jobs. Each of these dedicated employees received a certificate and a specially prepared cake, courtesy of NWCTA students.