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February 25, 2000 | CHRIS CEBALLOS
Public television station KOCE and Toshiba America Electronics honored Orange County's 1999 teachers of the year Thursday in a ceremony at Golden West College in Huntington Beach. Jack Hawkins of Sonora High School in La Habra was named "California Teacher of the Year" from among the county's educators.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 5, 2000 | LISA RICHARDSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With mariachi music and poetry, flowers and ribbons, a small elementary school in a modest Santa Ana neighborhood was named Friday for a young teacher whose sudden death reminded those who knew her that unique gifts are to be found in ordinary places and ordinary people. Lydia Romero Cruz was born in Santa Ana, attended Santa Ana schools, belonged to Santa Ana community associations and, after graduating from college, returned to teach in Santa Ana.
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January 30, 2000 | KATE FOLMAR and LISA RICHARDSON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Increasing numbers of students in Orange County public schools are taught by teachers who lack full training, newly released figures show. At more than 60 public schools in the county, at least 1 in 5 instructors stands before a classroom every day armed with pencil and books but without a full teaching credential.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 19, 2000 | By ELAINE GALE,
Teachers at several Orange Unified School District campuses are expected to call in sick today, officials said, to protest an impasse in contract negotiations. Francis Roney, principal of Villa Park High School, said almost half of her faculty had called in sick by 9 p.m. Tuesday. "It's frustration over the lack of a contract," said Roney, who was scrambling to line up substitutes for this morning.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 19, 2000 | MATHIS WINKLER and LISA RICHARDSON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Faced with the possibility of layoffs and the demise of highly regarded art, music and science programs, about 300 teachers in the Irvine Unified School District dressed in black for a twilight demonstration Tuesday against pending cuts. "Our professionalism is on the line here," Gail Rothman, president of the Irvine Teachers Assn., told the gathering. "Do we accept everything the district offers us? No."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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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