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March 13, 1994
Somehow, behind the closed doors of the Burbank Board of Education, there seems to have been a deplorable travesty of justice. The demotion of Principal Keiko Hentell of Burbank High School to classroom English teacher smacks of narrow-minded, unimaginative people who are consumed with fear about innovative school programs when they involve multiethnic groups. How long will it take for the Burbank School District to realize the mistake made and the loss of a good educator, if it ever can?
February 14, 1991 | LESLIE HERZOG
When Famous Hooks was a boy in Chicago, the boundaries that defined white school districts kept moving. Each time, Hooks and his mother moved with them. "It was unheard of to have a black in an all-white school, but she was determined," Hooks said. "It seemed like you could never live in the right place in that city, but that didn't stop her. Every time they changed things, Mom would say, 'Well, it's time to move again.' " Today, Hooks is still in motion.
April 4, 1990
Janis T. Gabay, an English teacher at Serra High School in San Diego, will receive the 1990 National Teacher of the Year award today at the White House. "I see my primary task as bringing out abilities and talents that students may not even know they have," Gabay says. State Supt. of Public Instruction Bill Honig called Gabay "the prototype of the teachers we need for the 1990s."
November 28, 1985 | MARINA MILLIGAN, Times Staff Writer
Although she is a queen, Aimee Lynn Richelieu is still, first and foremost, a student. When necessary, "she is excused from classes but she's not excused from the work," said Jane Strauss, an English teacher at San Marino High School, where the 97th queen of the Tournament of Roses is a senior. Aimee can turn in her assignments late, but must make up any work that she misses, her teachers said.
September 9, 2008 | Marisol Leon, Marisol Leon graduated from Yale in 2007 and spent a year working for a nongovernmental organization in Chiapas, Mexico.
'Think Ivy League," pleaded Mrs. Anderson, my English teacher. "Ivy League? What is that?" I remember thinking. I was in the seventh grade that day, a student at Mount Vernon Middle School in mid-city Los Angeles. I stood there in awkward disbelief as Joan Anderson explained the notion of elite colleges to me. I knew hardly anything about colleges: Neither of my parents finished high school. But my teacher understood that, and by the time I graduated from Mount Vernon, she had made certain that I was committed to going to college.
June 11, 2013 | By Los Angeles Times Staff, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
The man who killed five people in Santa Monica in a shooting rampage had shown an interest in assault weapons as early as 2006, according to a teacher at his old high school. A veteran English teacher at Olympic High, Santa Monica's alternative school for students who have struggled in traditional programs, reported to the principal that John Zawahri, the solitary teen who regularly ditched class, was surfing the Internet for assault weapons. Alarmed, he sent Zawahri to the principal's office.
January 21, 2003
Re "Reading, 'Riting and Rap," Jan. 14: I am deeply disturbed that tax money is being spent on such a celebration of ignorance. When will the LAUSD get a clue? These students need guidance, not a teacher who needs to feel "hip." The wasteland called public education grows even more barren. This is the biggest pro-voucher advertisement yet. How insulting to the students. The unspoken message is that the kids can't relate to anything that is beyond the 'hood. These are the students who need the most help.
February 1, 1993 | Compiled for The Times by Trin Yarborough
SOMALY MEAS English teacher, Lakewood. Born in Cambodia, Anaheim resident It's quite out of the ordinary for a 22-year-old Cambodian woman like myself to live away from home and earn her living. Traditionally women in Cambodia have been condemned to stay at home as housewives, not encouraged to have political opinions or a higher education. They are "slaves of the house," always in a role inferior to that of the men.
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