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Support LEUSD Teachers on World Teachers' Day

Give back to local teachers by celebrating World Teachers' Day on Oct. 5.

World Teachers' Day, celebrated on Oct. 5, is a great opportunity to show teachers in the Lake Elsinore Unified School District how great you think they are. But, the day also takes on a deeper meaning, standing for the protection of teachers' rights.

Since its inception in 1994, World Teachers' Day has had a theme every year. The theme for 2012 is “Take a stand for teachers.”

This day was founded by UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

Its aim is to educate the public about the conditions of being a teacher around the world, focusing specifically on the protection of teachers' rights, and the proper training, development and status raising of teachers.

UNESCO’s partners in this effort are the International Labour Organization, the United Nations Development Programme, Education International and UNICEF.

Everyone has an educator who has changed his or her life with their kindness, humor or educational impact.

On World Teachers' Day, we can remember them by looking at issues and obstacles they may face, knowing that the brightest and most motivated teachers need to be continually attracted to a profession whose status continually needs improvement socially and monetarily.

The Lake Elsinore Rotary Club began its traditional Teacher of the Month Program on Wednesday, September 18. At the program, three Lake Elsinore Unified School District teachers were recognized for their dedication and work at their respective schools. September’s honorees were Christine Dudka of Rice Canyon Elementary School, Phyllis Hofmeister of Earl Warren Elementary School and Deborah Williams of Tuscany Hills Elementary School (see attached photo).

Christina Dudka teaches second grade at Rice Canyon Elementary. She is particularly known for her ability and willingness to work closely with struggling students to bring them along where they should be academically.

Phyllis Hofmeister teaches fourth grade at Earl Warren Elementary. She has also taught first and second grade. This year, she was asked to assume a new grade assignment, but still met the needs of students while forming a new class at a different grade level.

Deborah Williams teachers fifth grade at Tuscany Hills Elementary. She is also a principal's assignee, demonstrating her ability to fill in as needed when Principal Marks is away from campus. In addition, she is a key member of the history grant team, and the annual all-district School Dual competition planning team.

“Recognizing the achievements of these teachers reminds us that our community has the best of the best when it comes to dedicated educators,” said president of the Lake Elsinore Rotary Club Warren Stephenson. The Teacher of the Month program is hosted on the third Wednesday of every month during the school year at the Lake Elsinore Rotary Club meeting. The Club meets at 7:00 AM at the Ortega High School Conference Center located at 520 Chaney Street in Lake Elsinore. Public is welcome to attend the awards or meetings.

More than 100 countries currently observe World Teachers' Day, with many corporate supporters such as Google recognizing the global impact and conditions of teachers.

TELL US: How will you celebrate World Teachers' Day? Give your favorite teachers a shout out in the comments section below.

Constant Comment October 02, 2012 at 10:28 PM
My sister is a third grade teacher. (Won't say where in CA.) She says that all the students have a colored dot on the outside of their school folders. At the beginning of their school year, the folders are brought out and divided amongst the (3) third grade teachers. The dots are significant and these teachers fight over how they are going to load up their classes. Brown=closest to the earth or the very lowest learning potential. Next is green like the grass = may be teachable. The last is blue = the sky is the limit! Who do you think these teachers favor? Already PRE judged! Take away from this, what you will. If I had a child in school now-a-days, I would certainly be down there demanding to see their file, thats for sure! }~)
Anon October 03, 2012 at 01:09 AM
They trade kids like trading cards before classes begin. They play pokemon I think!
Teller of Truth October 03, 2012 at 01:55 AM
That might not be the popular thing to say, but it is true. Some kids never even have a chance, thats why its so important for parents to get involved. It isn't the teachers SOLE responsibility. I think that kids go as far as their parents fight for & guide them.
some guy October 03, 2012 at 08:51 AM
"kids go as far as their parents fight for & guide them"., i 2nd that teller
julian October 03, 2012 at 08:34 PM
In California you have to be a educated and credentialed to be a public school teacher; however, anyone can pop out a kid and it is obvious that the parents will have a much bigger impact on that child than any teacher ever will. One or more children in a class room who don't have the guidance of a good parenting at home can ruin a classroom and these rogue kids will suck the energy and time of the teacher away from the other kids who do have correct home support system. It's no wonder some teachers are trying to create the best class possible if that is what is indeed happening.
Teller of Truth October 03, 2012 at 08:51 PM
But what if that troubled kid went to Sylvanian learning center all summer and turned from a 'brown dot' to a 'skys the limi't dot? NO CHILD SHOULD BE 'PRE' JUDGED BEFORE EVEN ENTERING THE CLASS ROOM AND MEETING THEIR TEACHER! PERIOD! WRONG IS WRONG! And about that 'disruptive one' , it won't take the teacher too long to figure it out! Only then should this kid be set aside so as to not disrupt the rest of the class. And yes...it ALL does start at home.}~)
mynameis October 03, 2012 at 09:54 PM
i dont appreciate when a teacher emails a students coach on how he is not focusing on class without including an email to the parent also.and my email is on file.i have had a teacher give my son a hard time o the extent of really upsetting him and i called the teacher to hear his side out of concern and when he called me he stated my son was a great student and they may just misunderstand eachother.wow,parents should always check it out if theres a problem.
Ken Mayes October 04, 2012 at 12:18 AM
The IQ test and whatever method a school chooses to share this information with teachers has been in use starting in France in the early 1900 and in the U.S. since 1916. No matter how unfair it seems, it is one of the the only methods available to a school to make sure a classroom is an equal mix of students, otherwise you are going to have tenured teachers cherry-picking a classroom of bright students leaving the balance to the new teachers which may not be such a bad idea as the new teacher may be more willing to go the extra mile with the slower students. That being said I believe there is far to much focus on making every student college-bound, not all jobs out there require a college degree and many that start college drop out because there was not enough attention given to the basics when these children were young, first three years of school, and these students end up playing catch-up the rest of their lives. As to getting a hold of your child's scores that are used for making these picks from the school system, good luck, as the school will deny that such a system exist.
THE REAL Anita Drink October 05, 2012 at 08:44 PM
Are your kids really going to attend college, guy? Or will they be following your noble footsteps by displaying their butt-cracks to the world as they unclog toilets.

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