BESD honors longtime employees, STEAM Academies updates

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Paul Steimel was one of the many honored by the BESD board for their years of service

BRAWLEY – Tuesday night, at the BESD regular board meeting, the board learned about the upcoming summer 2014 STEAM Academies. The acronym STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, arts, and math.

 

Partnering with the ICOE, the El Centro Elementary School District STEM Center, and the Rainforest Art Program, the district will have two programs; the main one at Oakley and Phil Swing will host the Migrant STEAM Academy.

 

The classes will be for incoming 1st – 8th grade students from June 16 – July 10, with no classes on Friday.

 

The student sessions will begin at 8:00 am and run until 12:30 p.m. with lunch served at 11:00 a.m.

 

A parent showcase highlighting the students’ work will be held July 9th.

 

The STEAM program at Oakley is full with 352 students and a waiting list of 133 students.

 

The migrant program continues to recruit Migrant students, but as Director of Special Projects, Celia Santana said, “The nature of migrant students is that they are on the move. We were lucky to keep so many of them until the end of school. Many are gone now so it is harder to fill their STEAM Academy.”

 

The two academies must remain separate due to restrictions on federal funding of migrant programs.

 

The themes for the grades are bugs for the 1st and 2nd grades, rocketry for 3rd through 5th, and the 6th – 8th grades will work on robots.

 

In other business, Superintendent Ron Garcia recognized teachers and staff for their years of service that reached the 20, 25, 30, and 35-year milestones working for the District.

 

Also honored were retiring employees, Adelina Gonzalez, Kindergarten teacher at Hidalgo and Gloria Jauregui, computer Lab Aide also at Hidalgo School.

 

20Years

 

Jose  (Joe)  Delgado, Jr.,

Maintenance  Department

 

Douglas L. Gardner, Teacher

Barbara Worth Junior  HighSchool

 

Mary  R. Hall, English Language Arts Teacher

Barbara Worth Junior  High School

 

Susann C. Houston, First  Grade Teacher

Myron D. Witter School

 

Pagaretta Kimmons, School Secretary

Oakley School

 

Alma  L. Lopez, Paraeducator

Barbara Worth Junior  High School

 

Susan N. Moore, Second Grade Teacher

Oakley School

 

Virginia Rodriguez, English Language Arts Teacher

Barbara Worth Junior  High School

 

David L. Ruiz, Gardener

Maintenance Department

 

Terri Schoch, RSP Teacher

Barbara Worth Junior  High School

 

Colleen N. Villanueva, First  Grade Teacher

J.W.Oakley School

 

 

 

25 Years

Norma L. Blanco, Second  Grade Teacher

Myron D.  Witter School

 

Mirna L.Caabay, Teacher on Special Assignment

Barbara Worth Junior  High School

 

Sandra Chavarria,Paraeducator

Miguel Hidalgo School

 

Rebecca R. Cocova, School Secretary

Barbara Worth Junior  High School

 

Timothy J. Dial, Sixth Grade Teacher

Miguel Hidalgo  School

 

Elsa  Frans, Paraeducator

J .W. Oakley School

 

Debra  L. Hale, Principal

Myron D. Witter School

 

Pearl G. Rosas, Second  Grade Teacher

J. W. Oakley School

 

Celia M. Santana, Director of Special  Projects

District  Office

 

Paul R. Steimel, Physical Education Teacher

Barbara Worth Junior  High School

 

Socorro Tejeda, First Grade Teacher

Myron D. Witter School

 

Ana Maria Vasquez, Bus Driver

Transportation Department

 

Dean A. Wells, 7th Grade Self-Contained Classroom Teacher

Barbara Worth Junior  High School

 

 

 

30 Years

 

Miguel A. Escoto, Sr. Custodian

J. W. Oakley School

 

Peggy  V. Gonzalez, Paraeducator

Miguel Hidalgo School

 

Irene Perez,  Paraeducator

Phil D. Swing School

 

Herlinda Torrez, Paraeducator

Barbara Worth Junior  High School

 

Karen Williams, SDC Teacher

Myron D. Witter School

 

 

 35 Years

 

Lucy Contreras, Paraeducator

Barbara Worth Junior  High School

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 COMMENT

  1. Panduro smells money at the STEAM Program. Garcia and Hard Bread are making a killing off the District for themselves and their Kin.

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