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Glazier Elementary Honors Teacher for 46 Distinguished Years of Service at Norwalk-La Mirada

Known for her penchant for the color red and her love for dressing up for any occasion, especially days that involved her favorite author Dr. Seuss, Glazier Elementary third-grade teacher Martha Treadway will be retiring after 46 years of dedicated service to Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District.

Glazier gave her a grand farewell, proclaiming June 10 to be Martha Treadway Day. A tree was planted in her honor and testimonials were presented from current and former Glazier staff, state and county representatives, community leaders, and her adoring students.

“I could never fathom the day that I had today,” Treadway said. “I thought I would teach seven years. Never did I dream I would be here for 46 years. Thank you to all of you who came today. This has been the best day of my life.”
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Norwalk-La Mirada Dual Language Teacher uses Challenges to Inspire Bilingual Students

Edmondson Elementary School dual-language teacher Mayra Salguero has been awarded the Read Conmingo Bilingual Educator of the Year award for her dedication to helping students speak and read in English and Spanish and learn Latin culture through art, music and dance. The award came with a $200 prize to use toward school supplies and a free book for each student.

“I was surprised and happy to share this with my students, parents and the whole community,” Salguero said. “It makes me proud to be a Hispanic woman earning this award and that I am able to make a difference in the community. It shows my students that they can be successful too.”

Her passion for helping students learn Spanish and English comes from her own challenge in overcoming language barriers. Salguero was born in the United States and moved to Mexico when she was in kindergarten. When she returned to the U.S. in the sixth grade, she didn’t understand any English.
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La Mirada High Seniors Ready to Instill Matador Pride to Prestigious Universities

Three La Mirada High School students have crossed the globe, hiked soaring mountains and dedicated hundreds of hours to volunteer service in pursuit of passions that next will take them to some of the most prestigious universities in the country.

Vittorio Reynoso-Avila, Meghan Miller and Dante Gonzales will be graduating as some of La Mirada High’s top students with experiences that led them to be school leaders and passionate individuals.

“These three outstanding students are representative of the hard work and spirit you find throughout our District,” NLMUSD Superintendent Dr. Hasmik Danielian said. “Vittorio, Meghan and Dante are an inspiration to students and teachers. I wish them the best of luck in their journeys.”
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Norwalk-La Mirada Unified Graduation Rates Climb to 94 Percent in 2014-15

Norwalk-La Mirada Unified boosted its graduation rates in 2014-15 to 94 percent through initiatives that integrated digital tools into classrooms, enhanced curriculum to improve critical thinking and teamwork, and personalized learning to meet the needs of each student.

The boost represents a nearly 10 percent climb in graduation rates over five years.

“The District continues to strengthen our college and career pathways to ensure that all our students are offered as many opportunities as possible to discover their passions and obtain an education that supports their dreams,” NLMUSD Superintendent Dr. Hasmik Danielian said. “Congratulations to all of our esteemed Norwalk-La Mirada Unified graduates.”
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Norwalk-La Mirada Elementary Educators Serve as Mentors, Fellows Through 'Art of Teaching'

Two highly respected Norwalk-La Mirada Unified elementary teachers will dedicate two years to learn and become mentors to a select group of colleagues, helping them to refine their teaching methods as part of the Art of Teaching program through the Cotsen Foundation.

Escalona Elementary School fourth-grade teacher Aaron Brown will mentor seven colleagues, and Morrison Elementary School resource specialist Lisa Lambuth will mentor six, improving their instruction techniques in a specific area, such as reading or writing.

Brown and Lambuth will be released from their current positions to be mentors full time – the Cotsen Foundation will pay for the entire cost of salaries and benefits of the mentors for those two years.

“I’m excited to work extensively with my colleagues to help them move even further into their careers,” Brown said. “By helping the fellows fine tune their teaching and become even greater teachers, they will in turn strengthen the students’ learning in the classroom.”
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Norwalk-La Mirada Unified Elementary School Creates Outdoor Reading Space

Volunteer community organizations and members joined together to provide Dulles Elementary School with a new outdoor reading space, furnished with freshly painted benches, a chair and a table, and three newly planted trees.

Dulles Elementary partnered with the Love La Mirada Project, a coalition of community groups and businesses that beautify the community. When the project reached out to Principal Robin Padget about helping the school, she asked them to turn a grassy area into a spot that engages students and teachers.

“This was an amazing project that improved the campus environment where all students, teachers and staff could enjoy the space,” Padget said. “Thank you to our community supporters, staff and students who volunteered their time and teamed together to make this possible.”
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John Glenn High Science Teacher Receives TANLA ‘WHO’ Award for 25 Years of Distinguished Service

John Glenn High School science teacher Mitch L’Angelle was honored May 11 for 25 years of extraordinary leadership among students and colleagues by the Teachers Association of Norwalk-La Mirada (TANLA) at the We Honor Ours (WHO) Awards Banquet.

“I truly love working at Norwalk-La Mirada because of my fantastic colleagues in education and the students whom I care deeply for their growth and success in life,” L’Angelle said. “I accept this award on behalf of all the hard-working teachers in Norwalk-La Mirada.”

L’Angelle has spent his entire Norwalk-La Mirada Unified career at John Glenn High. Originally hired in 1991 as a physical education teacher, L’Angelle quickly transitioned into the classroom, and now teaches anatomy/physiology and biology, as well as serving as the chairman of the science department.

“Mitch L’Angelle is a man of great character,” TANLA President Clay Walker said. “His willingness to participate in association activities and so often be a voice of reason has served his colleagues and the District very well. We are proud to honor him.”

L’Angelle is a member of the NLMUSD Superintendent’s Cabinet, where his thoughtfulness and clarity are held in high regard. He also serves on the NLMUSD Teacher of the Year selection committee and the TANLA scholarship committee.
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Nuffer Elementary Kindergarten Teacher Receives Highest Honor at NLMUSD Star Awards

Credited with inspiring and encouraging students and teachers alike, Nuffer Elementary School kindergarten teacher Denise Daguimol was honored as the Teacher of the Year at Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District’s 2016 Star Awards on May 10 at Excelsior High School.

“I am honored and very proud to represent the teachers in the District, who I consider my family,” Daguimol said. “I enjoy working with them. They inspire me.”

Daguimol came to Nuffer in 2006, after 10 years at Edmondson Elementary. She is a graduate of South Gate High School, received a Bachelor of Arts in history from Cal State Fullerton, her teaching credential from UCLA and a Master of Education from Concordia University.

Nuffer Elementary principal Mak Sar was not surprised Daguimol was selected for the top honor.

“She works so well with the students and staff,” Sar said. “I am very happy for her. She is a wonderful person and a great teacher.”

Daguimol was honored at the annual ceremony, which recognizes dedicated teachers, classified employees and administrators for their commitment to the District. Teachers and classified employees nominated by their peers at each school site were also recognized.
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Norwalk-La Mirada Unified PTA Honored by the State for Student Involvement

Norwalk-La Mirada Unified’s Escalona Elementary School was honored with a California PTA 2016 Spotlight Award during CAPTA’s San Diego Convention May 4-7 for engaging students through its October 2015 Red Ribbon Week.

The week consisted of five spirit days centered on the “Just Say No” campaign and community service efforts that included staff, parents and students donating 10 ponytails to Wigs for Kids, writing more than 400 letters to soldiers and donating 578 pairs of socks.

“The Escalona Elementary PTA provides wonderful opportunities for our staff, parents and students to contribute to our community, and this award speaks to their dedication,” NLMUSD Superintendent Dr. Hasmik Danielian said. “Our students learned how to make safe, responsible decisions from the Red Ribbon Week program and how to be more compassionate individuals.”

Escalona Elementary third- and second-grade combo teacher and Red Ribbon Week coordinator Renee Ivy wanted to connect their Red Ribbon Week spirit days to a service activity that would give back to the community.
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250 Norwalk High Students Raise $10,000 for 10 Charities in Three Weeks

Norwalk High School senior Robert Renteria revealed to classmates how he battled Hodgkin lymphoma throughout his childhood, wracked by debilitating radiation treatments during third grade and for years to defeat the cancer that sapped his body’s ability to fight infections.

It was during this tough time that the Make-A-Wish Foundation granted him a wish: a trip to Disneyworld.

“I didn’t really get to have a childhood,” Renteria, 17, said. “Make-A-Wish made my life feel normal, and it was the happiest day of my life.”

Renteria’s gripping tale persuaded his classmates to choose the Make-A-Wish Foundation as one of 10 charities to receive a $1,000 donation from Norwalk High’s annual Charity for Charities event, now in its fourth year.

As part of the effort, seniors raise money by selling granola bars, research possible charities and lobby their peers before a vote on which charities will receive the donations. This year, nearly 250 seniors teamed up to sell granola bars for one dollar each, raising $10,000 over three weeks.

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