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By Michael Miller | May 16, 2012
Overcrowding — of more than one kind — was the theme at the Ocean View School District's board meeting Tuesday, as dozens of people came to protest larger class sizes while district leaders pleaded for the crowd to thin so the meeting could take place. As the clock ticked past 7 p.m., an overflow audience of teachers, parents and students crammed the boardroom and spilled out into the adjoining rooms of the district headquarters. The visitors, some of whom circulated petitions and brought signs and balloons with slogans, showed up in response to the board's May 1 vote to increase class sizes in the lower grades.
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NEWS
May 9, 2012
Two teachers from Huntington Beach and Fountain Valley school districts are among the five Orange County Teachers of the Year. Fountain Valley School District's Talbert Middle School science teacher John Wood and Huntington Beach City School District's Peterson Elementary third-grade GATE teacher Deanna Lynn Zamiska were selected after a countywide search, said Orange County Department of Education Coordinator of Academic Events Sharon Nelson....
NEWS
By Michael Miller | April 30, 2012
When I was a wet-behind-the-ears cub reporter in high school, I once interviewed a local teacher who had held her job for more than 30 years. At one point in our conversation, I asked if she had ever been recognized by the city - my assumption being that anyone who had served her school for so long must have a plaque or key of some kind. She seemed pleasantly surprised by the question, but responded that no, the politicians hadn't come knocking. That's the story for most teachers, who, the occasional state award or newspaper article aside, leave most of their legacy in the memories of former students.
NEWS
January 11, 2012
A preliminary hearing for two former teachers charged with having sexual relations with a 17-year-old boy has been scheduled for March 8. Former Westminster High School teacher Daniel Shepard and his wife, former Mesa View Middle School teacher Gay Davidson-Shepard, pleaded not guilty in June to multiple felony counts, including oral copulation of a minor, sodomy of a person younger than 18 and contributing to the delinquency of a minor....
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By Mona Shadia | December 28, 2011
When Salwa Rizkalla's father signed her up for ballet lessons, she went to class begrudgingly. But those lessons set the 10-year-old on a path to grandeur, first as a professional ballet dancer and later as a teacher. The artistic director of Fountain Valley's Festival Ballet Theatre and owner of Southland Ballet Academy began her career in her native country of Egypt. Around that time, when Gamal Abdel Nasser was president, the best of the world's performing arts, from Shakespeare and Italian opera to Russian ballet and symphonies, were featured nonstop in Egypt.
NEWS
By Michael Miller | December 12, 2011
A former middle school teacher charged with having sexual relations with a 17-year-old boy may face an additional year in prison after being arrested again last week. Gay Davidson-Shepard, who retired this spring from Mesa View Middle School, was arrested Dec. 7 by Westminster police after investigators determined that she had violated a restraining order by calling and texting the alleged victim, according to Deputy District Attorney Angela Hong. Davidson-Shepard and her husband, former Westminster High School teacher Daniel Shepard, were arrested in April on suspicion of having sexual relations with a male Westminster High student.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Michael Miller | November 22, 2011
If all goes well in Gary Arneson's class this year, soccer goalies won't be blocking kicks from their own teammates, basketballs won't be landing in the wrong nets and infielders won't be relaying throws to opposing baserunners. Arneson, a physical education teacher at Dwyer Middle School, recently applied for a grant through DonorsChoose.org to garb his students in team colors. The black and orange vests, which he introduced during first period Friday, will reduce confusion on the court and field — or so he hopes.
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.
SPORTS
By Steve Schultz | November 2, 2011
Jim Harris' reach goes well beyond the Seahawk uniform. Coach Harris mentored students who were never in his math classes and young coaches like me who never attended his school or played on his team. While Ocean View High School's gymnasium is lined with championships banners from rafter to rafter, what's really important can't be hung on the walls. Over the past nine years, Harris became one of the most impactful mentors in my life. I was 19 years old and had just started coaching the freshman basketball team at Fountain Valley High School, a team Harris coached back in the '70s.
NEWS
August 31, 2011
The pretrial for two former teachers charged with having sexual relations with a 17-year-old boy has been rescheduled for Oct. 27. Daniel Shepard, who taught at Westminster High School, and his wife Gay Davidson-Shepard, who retired this spring from Mesa View Middle School, appeared at the West Justice Center in Westminster for a scheduled hearing Thursday. Attorney John Drummond Barnett, who represents Davidson-Shepard, asked for the postponement on both defendants' behalf.
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