Registration available: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) presents The Many Faces of Lincoln.
Beginning in January 2014, this six week course, taught by Mick Chantler, will examine the different visions Americans have held about Lincoln from his own time to the present. This membership-driven program is designed to provide intellectually stimulating opportunities for adults in our community who are 50 years or older.
Dominican University’s Ukiah Center welcomes over 20 new teacher candidates this fall. These aspiring teachers are eager to enter the teaching profession as Kindergarten through 12th grade teachers in our local schools. Courses for the teacher preparation programs at Dominican University’s Ukiah Campus began on August 9.
The new teacher candidates are enrolled in three teacher preparation programs. Ukiah residents Alexandria and Kira are preparing to teach in elementary schools. Others, like Serena and Tyler are getting ready to teach in middle- or high schools. Serena is preparing to teach Spanish at the high school level, and Tyler will become a history teacher. Tanya and Maria are incoming candidates who will take courses and practice teach to earn their education specialist credentials to teach students who have special needs. Dominican’s new teacher candidates will be in public schools in Lake, Mendocino, and Sonoma counties on the first of school to learn how classrooms are prepared at the beginning of a school year.
The Ukiah Center works collaboratively with local schools to ensure that their new teacher candidates will observe and work under the direction of master teachers. The Ukiah Center’s programs provide highly qualified instructors, a meaningful, practical, and relevant curriculum, and a range of outstanding local resources. Students will learn from instructors who are classroom experts and know local school, district, and county cultures.
Eleven teachers who have teaching credentials are returning to the Ukiah Center to complete their master’s degrees in education. They will be taking courses, learning to conduct research in their own classrooms, and will complete a master’s thesis to earn their degrees.
The Ukiah Center, which was established in 1984 to meet the needs of working adults, offers classes in Ukiah in the late afternoon, in the evening, and on Saturdays.
In Celebration of Teachers, Honoring the 2012-13 Credential Candidates and Master's Degree Recipients from the Dominican University of California Ukiah Center on June 1, 2013. 20 Teaching Credential candidates and 6 Master's Degree students celebrated their successful year with the faculty, friends and family.
Ukiah Center Director, Lisa Ray, welcomes and congratulates the students on their accomplishments.
Guadalupe Guerrero, Multiple Subject Credential Candidate, explains to the crowd that "Dominican has taught us that we have to believe in the students if we want them to believe in themselves. We may fail at times, but everyday is a good day to try again. We came into teaching not for the income but for the outcome. Because we have the power to change lives."
Kate Ruprecht, Single-Subject Credential Candidate, discusses "Without teachers we probably wouldn’t be able to read, write our own name or tie our shoes. Take a minute to think about your favorite teacher. I know we all have one. The reason why this person is your favorite teacher might be different than the reason the person sitting next you today came up with, but all of these great teachers had the same effect on us regardless of the way they went about it. They changed our lives in a profound way. Stop and think about that. How many people in other professions can say that in a room full of a hundred plus people everyone was profoundly changed by their work? "
Education Specialist Credential Candidate, Marilyn Starwalker, details the importance of lifelong learning "No matter our age, our minds have continued to grow from knowledge and experience, and from the successes and challenges we have faced. Although not measurable on a wall, our growth can be measured by the impact we have made and will make on the students we teach."
Master's Degree recipient, Pauls Krasts, welcomed the crowd, congratulated his fellow students and thanked the support of his family while speaking about the importance of the future of education.
Dominican Alumni and Schoolmasters Educator of the Year Award recipient, Tobin Hahn, inspired the room stating "Schools need strong leadership and vision. Great instruction may be an important factor in student learning, but great leadership can create synergy, and with that synergy, what happens at a school becomes greater than what happens in any individual classroom. Don’t wait for that leadership to appear and don’t wait for it to come from a principal or a superintendent. Develop that pocket of greatness within your classroom and it will spread."
Single-Subject Credential Candidates:
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Stacy White, Kate Ruprecht, Cathy Welling, Rachel Leach, Ed Donovan, Patrick Kelly & Chris Wood. Not pictured is Shawna Byrns and Paul Holt.
Education Specialist Teaching Credential Candidates
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Suzy Charles-Engelke, Christian Dorn, Marilyn Starwalker, Colleen Shannon-Milani, Stephanie Sentell.
Multiple Subject Teaching Credential Candidates
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Lupita Guerrero, Dawn Gittleman, Hayley Milovina & Jensen Henderson. Not pictured are Punya Droz and Molly Ryan.
Master's Degree Recipients
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Caleb Cimmiyoti, Katyellen Lindroos, Debbie Imhoff, Debbie Crowningshield, Victoria Starr Soria, Pauls Krasts.
Sometimes teaching finds you. For Jose Sevilla, it took several years of life experience before he knew he wanted to become a teacher. Born in Mexico and moving to the United States at age 12, he began 7th grade. Going into 7th grade was already something new for Jose and his four sisters because his parents did not finish elementary school. To his own dismay, Jose was moved to the 9th grade after a year and a half even though he could not speak English. At the time, his high school had an influx of native Spanish speakers who they were not prepared for. As a result, Jose struggled with core class work and his schedule was predominantly filled with non-academic classes.
You may recognize Theresa Oster. Some may remember her as a 2001 graduate of Ukiah High School. Some may know her as their son or daughter's Language Arts teacher at Eagle Peak Middle School. One thing everyone can recognize is her passion for teaching.