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January 15, 2000 | KATE FOLMAR and TARIQ MALIK, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Fullerton man who speaks four languages and coaches aquatic sports took state honors Friday for yet another ability: being a great day-to-day science teacher. John M. "Jack" Hawkins of La Habra's Sonora High School was honored as one of California's five teachers of the year. "I'm humbled, I'm overwhelmed and I'm exhilarated," Hawkins said Friday after a Sacramento luncheon where he and the other four were feted by state schools Supt. Delaine Eastin. "Teachers aren't used to getting honored.
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December 10, 1999 | ANA CHOLO-TIPTON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Science teacher John Kopaczewski, unable to quiet his class, was growing more exasperated by the moment. Maybe it had something to do with the dress and woman's wig he was wearing. "I need your attention," he said as he pulled the wig off his head and deposited it on a desk. "I know this is kind of a distraction, but let's get the lab done." Just next door, educator Brian Travis was facing the same challenge.
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November 24, 1999 | BONNIE HARRIS and REBECCA HARRIS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
When she returned last month from a three-week stint in Japan with the Fulbright Memorial Fund Teacher Program, Laura Thompson knew she'd have to find creative ways to share what she learned with her class of seventh-graders. "You have a brief window of opportunity to get their attention, and you have to make it good," said Thompson, 33, a world history teacher at Las Flores Middle School in south Orange County. Candy, she thought. And she was right.
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September 24, 1999 | JACK LEONARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
To improve communication during violent school incidents like April's mass shooting in Littleton, Colo., police and school administrators on Thursday began delivering thousands of cellular phones to high school teachers throughout Orange County and elsewhere. Officials said the wireless phones would allow educators in remote parts of schools to quickly alert law enforcement dispatchers to emergencies, enabling police to greatly speed response to crimes on campus.
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August 27, 1999 | DIANE PUCIN
It would be easy to make fun of Chris Norby. Norby is a history teacher at Brea Olinda High School and a Fullerton city councilman, so why in the world would he want to be limping around the corner of Vermont Avenue and Exposition Boulevard on a bubbling hot Thursday afternoon, carrying a sign and beseeching puzzled drivers to honk in agreement? Honk if you agree--"Lunch Boxes, No Luxury Boxes," "NFL Owners Play With Your Own Money," "NFL Go To H . . . (Houston)."
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May 28, 1999 | Chris Ceballos, (949) 248-2150
Jan Barrett, a special education teacher at Las Flores Middle School, has been named an Orange County Teacher of the Year. Barrett, employed with the Capistrano Unified School District for 21 years, is one of five teachers in the county to receive the award, which includes a $15,000 cash prize. She is eligible for state-level recognition. An awards ceremony will be held at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim in October.
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