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Rotary Club of Santa Barbara Recognizes a Local Outstanding Teacher


WHO: The Rotary Club of Santa Barbara (Downtown), Club Number 681, District 5240, Founded January, 1, 1918.

WHAT: The Rotary Club of Santa Barbara (Downtown) will recognize a local teacher, Deborah Reid, this Friday, February 23, 2011 for her outstanding work

WHEN & WHERE: Monday, February 28, 2011 from 4:00pm - 7:00pm 1124 Castillo Street Santa Barbara, Ca 93101

BACKGROUND:

Teacher Name: Deborah Reid

School: La Colina Jr. High School

Subject/Grade: 7th and 8th grade Special Ed. Math and individual instruction classes; also runs the campus “lunch homework club”

Length of time spent at current school: 10 years

Other places you have worked:

· Devereux Foundation 1993 – 2000

· SBCEO north county programs - started as Itinerant Positive Behavior Intervention Specialist for north county programs; then added two days teaching at Ontiveros Elementary School (Santa Maria) in a Special Ed. class

· Monte Vista Elementary 2000 - 2001

· La Colina Jr. High 2001 - current

College/Graduate Degrees:

Bachelors in Sociology and Psychology, UCSB.

Multiple Subjects Credential from Chapman University, Orange County.

Masters in Special Education from Cal Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks.

Personal Life: No

Educational Belief or Motto: “Every child is a success story waiting to happen.”

Describe yourself as an educator: Disciplined as in adhering to a rigorous routine spiced with ample amounts of humor and light heartedness; Coming from a behavioral background, I’m a firm believer in using positive encouragement to shape appropriate choices.

Awards/Honors: PTSA Recognition

Is there anything else regarding your educational life that you would like to comment on?

“I cannot begin to express how grateful I am to be able to do something every day which I feel passionate about. Jr high is an incredible period of life! Within two short years, these children metamorphose into young men and women, a process that is simply amazing to behold! Through their energy and joy, the kids constantly remind me of the importance of being in the moment, the insightful questions they ask cause me to think deeply about my own beliefs and opinions, the variety of their learning styles / challenges keep me from stagnating in old teacher habits / routines. I consider my students to be my co-workers and appreciate the fact that they push me to be a strong leader in every way. My job affords me opportunities to exercise my creativity, hone my communication skills, and sometimes, most importantly, implement all my meditative yoga strength!

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