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September 27, 2012
The sentencing for two former teachers who pleaded guilty to sexual relations with a 17-year-old boy has been postponed to Nov. 1. Daniel Shepard and his wife Gay Davidson-Shepard, both of Huntington Beach, were scheduled to be sentenced Thursday morning at West Justice Center in Westminster. Judge John S. Adams agreed to postpone the action after the prosecution objected to the proposed sentence. The extension, Adams said, would give the court time to review the motion and give the defense time to respond.
FEATURES
By Michael Alexander | March 28, 2007
Huntington Beach City School District teachers say they will pack the next school board meeting April 17 to protest pay raises for administrators after they felt pressured to settle for less. The teachers' union is scheduled to meet with the board April 10, union lead negotiator Norma Janssen said. But teachers are also meeting in small groups to plan their next move, she said. When they signed their contract with the district a few weeks ago, union leaders settled because they were told it was the best they could get. But teachers cried foul after a March 12 board meeting gave raises to principals and Supt.
NEWS
By Michael Miller | May 22, 2012
The Ocean View School District may eliminate as many as 38 teachers for the coming school year as it continues to struggle with budget cuts and class-size increases. The district recently issued 64 layoff notices to temporary teachers, and only 26 of them may return this fall, Supt. William Loose said. The announcement came days after a heated school board meeting at which dozens of teachers, students and parents decried Ocean View's recent decision to boost class sizes from 24 to 29 students in the lower grades.
NEWS
June 8, 2012
I believe that education should be a top priority. Unfortunately, this is not the case in Sacramento. Once again in 2012, the governor's budget proposes cutting education so that more money can go into social service programs. This year, like years before, my Republican colleagues and I found some areas that can be cut back to help protect education. In March, we proposed a "Roadmap to Protect Classrooms and Taxpayers" to avoid any tax increases and to protect schools. However, rather than using this roadmap to avoid cuts in education, the governor's revised budget instead takes $2 billion worth of these solutions to fund other priorities.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 2, 2011
The pretrial for two retired teachers charged with sexually assaulting a 17-year-old boy has been postponed until January. Former Westminster High School teacher Daniel Shepard and his wife, former Mesa View Middle School teacher Gay Davidson-Shepard, were scheduled to go to pretrial Thursday at the West Justice Center in Westminster. However, attorney Salvatore Ciulla, who represents Shepard, requested an extension. Judge John Adams set the new pretrial date for Jan. 5. Shepard and Davidson-Shepard are charged with oral copulation of a minor, sodomy of a person younger than 18 and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
NEWS
By Michael Miller | November 1, 2012
Two former teachers who pleaded guilty to sexual relations with a 17-year-old boy were sentenced to probation Thursday morning, which the district attorney's office has objected to as excessively light. Gay Davidson-Shepard, 60, and her husband Daniel Shepard, 63, both of Huntington Beach, pleaded guilty Aug. 30 to multiple felony and misdemeanor counts. Davidson-Shepard was sentenced to three years formal probation with four years in jail stayed and Shepard to three years formal probation with two years in jail stayed, according to a release from the district attorney's office.
NEWS
October 23, 2003
JERRY PERSON Jack Weide stopped by our office and he mentioned that his wife, the noted writer and former teacher B.D.L. Weide, was writing again on a new computer she just received. This bit of news gives me hope that Billie will again be writing those wonderful opinion stories in one of our other Southern California newspapers. This got me thinking of how once you becomes a teacher, your love of writing continues well after retirement from school.
NEWS
July 13, 2011
A pretrial hearing for a married couple charged with having sexual relations with a 17-year-old has been delayed. Daniel Shepard, a retired Westminster High School teacher, and Gay Davidson-Shepard, who is on administrative leave from teaching at Mesa View Middle School, will go back to court Thursday at the West Justice Center in Westminster. Deputy District Attorney Angela Hong requested the extension July 7. The next hearing will focus on the prosecution's desires to have the defendants surrender their passports, said district attorney spokeswoman Farrah Emami.
NEWS
By Anthony Clark Carpio | September 18, 2013
With computers all over school campuses these days, teachers are finding ways to help students get the most out of the technology. Fourth-grade teacher Mary Hardy's effort to do just that received a boost Monday when she was awarded a chunk of the money being donated by the Assistance League of Huntington Beach Links to Learning program. The group gave $19,917 to 53 teachers in the Huntington Beach City School District. Hardy will use some of the money she was given to create a news broadcast program at Huntington Seacliff Elementary School this year.
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ENTERTAINMENT
By Candice Baker | April 30, 2014
Teaching appreciation: Lark Creek Newport Beach at Fashion Island, 957 Newport Center Drive, will honor teachers throughout May by offering a $10 discount per person to those who show their teacher or school employment identification at the restaurant. Teachers and school employees will be able to enjoy the $10 off with no minimum purchase and are welcome to return multiple times. In addition, nominate stellar teachers who deserve a night out by sending a note of 200 words or less to info@larkcreek.com . Two teachers will win dinner for four, with a wine pairing.
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NEWS
By Beau Nicolette | November 13, 2013
Six Chinese educators spent the week touring Courreges Elementary School in Fountain Valley. They shadowed teachers, met with students and participated in the jog-a-thon fundraiser. The five principals and one teacher from Shenzhen, China, came as part of a 20-member delegation scheduled to visit four schools in the area with the goal of learning from the U.S. educational system. "We want our students to get more global ideas," said Chinese teacher Tiffany Cai. "We want our students to learn in the way that American students, or Western country students, are doing.
NEWS
By Anthony Clark Carpio | September 18, 2013
With computers all over school campuses these days, teachers are finding ways to help students get the most out of the technology. Fourth-grade teacher Mary Hardy's effort to do just that received a boost Monday when she was awarded a chunk of the money being donated by the Assistance League of Huntington Beach Links to Learning program. The group gave $19,917 to 53 teachers in the Huntington Beach City School District. Hardy will use some of the money she was given to create a news broadcast program at Huntington Seacliff Elementary School this year.
NEWS
By Anthony Clark Carpio | September 11, 2013
Perhaps Lisa Taylor could have used her physics degree to work for Boeing, SpaceX, but the 24-year-old opted to become a teacher. Even after graduating from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles in 2011, she continued hearing form top-notch companies needing physicists. But her career decision was solidified when she saw her first batch of students graduate from high school. "That was it. I was going to be a teacher for life," Taylor said. "I had three moms cry to me at graduation because their kids got full rides for physics and they couldn't afford college otherwise.
NEWS
By Anthony Clark Carpio | September 4, 2013
As her fourth-grade teacher remembers it, Kayley King was a born leader who would take control of a situation and make sure everyone was on track. It was no surprise to College View Elementary School teacher Kathleen Young that her former student would become a teacher herself. "She has leader qualities and that's something that you're born with," said Young, 59, who now teaches fifth grade at the school. "When we were doing group work, she would be the one that would like to help people that didn't understand the directions or didn't know how to do a problem.
NEWS
By Anthony Clark Carpio | February 19, 2013
Blending the new with the traditional, Huntington Beach High School has started using 40 iPad 2s in their science department, integrating the device within its curriculum and giving students a more hands-on learning experience. The tablets were funded by the school's Education Foundation, which paid about $22,000 for the first 40 iPads, said Barbi Raban, president of the foundation.
NEWS
By Andrew Shortall | December 26, 2012
Huntington Beach High School's Sustainability Club is exactly what its name suggests. It's self sufficient after just three years of being in existence, not relying on the Huntington Beach Union High School District for any funding. "The Sustainability program is definitely sustainable, it doesn't cost taxpayers or the district a dollar," said Greg Goran, Huntington Beach High Sustainability Club director and teacher of social studies and an Environmental Awareness and Responsibility class.
NEWS
By Andrew Shortall | December 19, 2012
A Huntington Beach High School student was arrested Friday on a suspicion of leaving a note threatening to bomb the school, police and prosecutors said Tuesday. Christopher Michael Casey, an 18-year-old resident of Huntington Beach, is charged with one felony count of reporting a false bomb threat, according to a news release from the District Attorney's office. Casey pleaded not guilty Wednesday at the Westminster West Justice Center and is being held on $250,000 bail with a pretrial hearing set for Jan. 4. Prosecutors say Casey left the note on his teacher's desk at about noon on Friday, the same day a gunman killed 20 school children and six adults in a Connecticut elementary school.
NEWS
December 10, 2012
Marina High School's Hong Lan "Daisy" McKernan, Jason Flores and Natasha Souders have been recognized for excellence in teaching. McKernan, a chemistry teacher, was awarded the Region 11 Educator of the Year by the California League of High Schools. The league nominated McKernan for State Educator of the Year. She will compete with 11 educators from the state. McKernan is a UC Santa Barbara graduate with a bachelor's degree in chemistry and a teaching credential from Cal State Long Beach.
NEWS
By Michael Miller | November 1, 2012
Two former teachers who pleaded guilty to sexual relations with a 17-year-old boy were sentenced to probation Thursday morning, which the district attorney's office has objected to as excessively light. Gay Davidson-Shepard, 60, and her husband Daniel Shepard, 63, both of Huntington Beach, pleaded guilty Aug. 30 to multiple felony and misdemeanor counts. Davidson-Shepard was sentenced to three years formal probation with four years in jail stayed and Shepard to three years formal probation with two years in jail stayed, according to a release from the district attorney's office.
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