Isadora Dean: Every inch a teacher

first_img August 30, 2016 at 10:16 pm Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Mama Mia OCPS District 7 Candidate Feature: Isadora DeanAt her core, Isadora Dean is a teacher.The 42-year educator taught a generation of students, and after seeing them move on to careers as police officers, firefighters, doctors, attorneys, pastors, engineers, accountants, administrators, principals, motivational speakers, authors, and professional football players, Dean is ready to move on to her next career – school board member.Isadora DeanDean is running for the Orange County Public School Board District 7 seat against incumbent Christine Moore, and fellow challengers Matthew Fitzpatrick and Laura Rounds. District 7 has over 100,000 voters and includes all of Apopka, where her husband Billie Dean is Vice Mayor, and a City Commissioner for the past 22 years.And if she is elected, Dean’s primary focus will be the same as it was for 42 years – the students.“I’m running for a seat on the school board to promote policies and fiscal integrity for our future – our children. I have seen, first hand, what a good education can do. I was there when it worked better.”Dean wants a return to those days, and her immediate concern is the loss in quality teachers.“Many OCPS students have fallen by the wayside because of our obsession with testing. Teachers are leaving the teaching profession in droves, and support professionals receive low pay and disrespect… and parents have little or no voice. It’s time for change. It’s time to involve parents, teachers, students and the community…This is not about me, it is about our students! My top priority would be to put the education of children first, by getting back to some of the basics, of making literacy a priority.And according to Dean, it’s her experience in teaching, and focus on students that separate her from the other candidates.“I am the best candidate in this race because of my 42 years of teaching experience in Orange County’s public education system. As both an educator and a parent of children who attended Orange County’s public and private schools, I always put students first. I have a plethora of experience teaching in middle and high schools, teaching home economics, life management skills at Apopka Middle and Apopka High and intensive reading at Ocoee High and Acceleration Academy West. I was also Lead Teacher with the Even Start Family Literacy Program, where I conducted and coordinated parent involvement/literary workshops, playtimes for parents and their pre-school aged children, GED and ESOL classes and conducted home visits and served as Migrant Advocate. I have worked in some capacity in many areas of district 7—- Winter Garden, Apopka, Ocoee, and Tildenville.”If elected, she would also strive to bring accountability to the school board in terms of keeping parents informed and with a tight budget.“It is the board’s responsibility to maintain certain standards such as engaging parents and community in key issues and keeping them informed in a timely manner. Just as teachers are held accountable for the academic performance of students, then school board members should also be held accountable for students’ academic performance. They should support the superintendent in improving student achievement… however, they are not employees of the superintendent. Actually, the board and the superintendent are our employees.”Dean has heard the voices of the parents calling for a mandate for recess, and she wants them to know she will be an advocate for them.“Recess benefits children physically, socially, emotionally and intellectually and if elected I will actively lead the push for a minimum of 20 minutes of mandated daily recess.”She would also like to see more challenges for students who may not be college-bound.“I really would love to see vocational education back into our local schools. I think we do a good job with our college-bound students, but tend to ignore the average and below average students. Vocational/technical/trade programs in local schools, expand middle school sports, mentoring, and parental involvement would help these students a great deal.”And when it involves teacher evaluations like the Marzano System, Dean remains fiercely loyal to her fellow educators.“Marzano stated in his book that there is “No One” Teacher Evaluation Instrument for effective teaching. Also, in my opinion, teacher evaluation should be based on performance, not friendships with administrators or district staff. OCPS needs to focus on the professional growth of teachers and allow teachers to do what they are trained to do – teach. Many teachers are disappointed in a school system where less than 3 percent of great, experienced teachers were rated “highly effective”. Rumors are that administrators were advised to give low ratings. To me…that’s wrong.”While being against standardized testing seems to be a common opinion among students, teachers, parents, administrators, board members and candidates, Dean has a more tempered approach with solutions.“Accountability is important and testing will not go away, however there needs to be balance. First and foremost students are children and it is proven that children process and learn in different ways. Passing a test just to pass for county or state requirements is a great disservice and injustice to our teachers and students and is not an accurate assessment of learning. Student performance should be evaluated throughout the school year rather than relying solely on one test given on one given day. Alternatives forms and multiple measures of assessing performance can and should be utilized, including authentic portfolios of student’s work throughout the year, projects, oral presentations, and interviews and teacher-made tests. All students deserve to engage in authentic and meaningful hands-on learning experiences and need time to process, discuss with their peers, internalize and enjoy learning…not spend valuable time preparing for a test, as it undermines student learning.”Dean announced her intentions to run for District 7 in March, and since that announcement she has gone full force at this goal to be the next OCPS board member. But win, lose or runoff, she will always view this experience as she does most things –  a teachable moment. Mrs. Dean you ran a great campaign, just know that, and I wish you had of won, but you know you had fun, and enjoyed the campaign hoopla anyway!!! LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Reply 2 COMMENTS Mama Mia Please enter your name here Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate center_img The Anatomy of Fear Good Election Day morning, Mrs. Dean! I wish you the very best today in your quest to be elected as the new Orange County Public School Board, District 7 representative. Go Isadora! Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 August 30, 2016 at 8:08 am TAGSIsadora DeanOCPS Board District 7 Previous articleWelcome to Apopka Primary Election DayNext articleTropical Storm expected to effect Florida Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your comment! Reply You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Students participate in ‘Happiest 5K on the planet’

first_imgPhoto courtesy of Kate Everett The Color Run provided Notre Dame students and South Bend residents with the opportunity to participate in “The Happiest 5K on the Planet” in South Bend on Saturday. The 3.1-mile loop began and ended at Four Winds Field took runners through four color zones in the downtown area where volunteers stood ready to throw colored powder at participants.Freshman Sydney Keller said the run took longer to complete than a regular 5K.“It took longer because every time we reached a point on the course that had paint, we would stop and walk through just so we could get as much paint on ourselves as we could,” she said. “But we had to try to keep our faces away from the paint. Otherwise, it would be hard to see for a minute, and your mouth would be powdery and taste like cornstarch.”Freshman Claire Gaffney said she volunteered for the Color Run and spent the day throwing blue-colored powder at the runners from one of the color zones. She said she was recruited to participate through her dorm, which was one of several residence halls and student organizations who sent groups to volunteer.Photo courtesy of Julia Murray “McGlinn, my dorm, organized a group to volunteer, and many of the upperclassmen raved about how fun it was to throw paint at people and motivate them to finish the race,” she said. “Volunteering at the Color Run was a blast. Everyone was so excited to be there, and there was such a diverse group of runners. By the end I looked like a smurf. I would definitely volunteer again.”Junior Alyssa Armendariz said she volunteered for the run through the Society of Women Engineers (SWE).“I’ve wanted to volunteer or run the race for the past two years but was unable to due to football games,” she said. “So this year when I found out SWE was taking a group I jumped on the opportunity to finally volunteer.”Armendariz said she felt her time was well spent despite the early morning start and overall time commitment involved with the race.“Even though we had to get up extremely early and it was chilly before the sun rose, it was so worth it,” she said. “The Color Run is such a unique race. It’s a fantastic way to make running more enjoyable, and you get a souvenir tie-dyed shirt.”Tags: 5K, Color Run, volunteerlast_img read more

Report: Unipec Halts Crude Oil Imports from U.S.

first_imgChina International United Petroleum & Chemicals Co. (Unipec), a wholly-owned subsidiary of China’s oil major Sinopec, has reportedly suspended imports of crude oil from the United States amid ongoing trade tensions between the two countries, Reuters informed citing unnamed sources.Based on the report, it is not clear until when will the suspension last, however, it appears that Unipec has no bookings for U.S. crude oil until October. Nevertheless, the company, which is the world’s largest charterer of VLCCs, is likely to continue trading U.S. crude.The trading freeze comes as Washington is about to announce a new wave of tariffs against China targeting USD 200 million of Chinese goods, increasing taxes from 10 to 25 percent. China has already prepared a counter strike should U.S. move forward with the new tariffs. Namely, the Chinese Ministry of Finance announced it would impose a USD 60 billion worth of tariffs on U.S. goods, including LNG.If the proposed tariffs, amounting to USD 16 billion, are implemented, the tanker and gas shipping industries can also expect changes to trade lanes as China switches to other supplier countries.The US crude oil exports are most likely to be affected and these are primarily driven by China, which was responsible for 25 pct of all US seaborne crude oil exports in terms of volumes in 2017, as indicated earlier by BIMCO.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Howe is LMA manager of the year

first_img In comments reported on Bournemouth’s website, Brendan Rodgers, who presented the award to Howe, said: “He’s done a fine job, a remarkable job, and done it with style and humility.” Bournemouth secured the title on the final day of the season as they beat Charlton 3-0 while Watford were held to a draw by Sheffield Wednesday. Mourinho took the top flight award after a league and Capital One Cup double but did not attend the ceremony in London to collect it as he was at Chelsea’s own club awards event. The Portuguese had already been named Barclays Premier League Manager of the Season despite not once winning the monthly award throughout the season. Despite the accolades coming his way, Mourinho was still complaining about a perceived lack of recognition for his side in his speech at Chelsea’s event. Mourinho said: “I don’t think my players got the respect that they deserve after what they did from day one until the last day. “And these are words that I really feel, serious words.” The League One award went to Steve Cotterill after Bristol City’s title-winning season. The only divisional award not to go to the boss of the title-winning side was the League Two gong, which went to Wycombe’s Gareth Ainsworth despite his side losing the play-off final to Southend on penalties. Bradford City’s Phil Parkinson was named FA Cup manager of the year after his side beat Chelsea and Sunderland en route to the quarter-finals of the competition. Press Association Howe, who was also named Championship manager of the year after the Cherries’ title-winning season, is the first manager from outside the top flight to take the overall award since Steve Coppell, then of Reading, won in 2006. The award came as recognition of Howe leading Bournemouth to the title, and promotion to the Premier League, with limited resources compared to many of his club’s rivals. center_img Eddie Howe has been named Manager of the Year by the League Managers Association after guiding Bournemouth to the top flight while Jose Mourinho was named Premier League manager of the year on Tuesday evening. last_img read more

Tanya Stephens defends Ishawna on Miss Lou rant

first_imgJamaican dancehall singer Tanya Stephens has joined the ongoing controversy surrounding a social media rant by female Deejay Ishawna who posted a rant which is considered disrespectful to Jamaica’s foremost cultural icon, Louise “Miss Lou” Bennett-Coverley.Stephens supported Ishawna who was last week hauled over the coals for posting on her Instagram page that she did not wear tablecloth like Bennett-Coverley, who is affectionately called ‘Miss Lou’.‘Miss Lou’ has been credited with making the Jamaican dialect of patois fashionable and accepted worldwide as part and parcel of the Jamaican identity.Self-imposed limitationsBut in her defense of Ishawna, Stephens posted a video in which she declared that “Jamaicans really need to stop mandating their self-imposed limitations.”She also challenged those criticizing Ishawna to post a photo of themselves dressing like ‘Miss Lou’ or a video of themselves reciting one of the icon’s poems.Stephens elaborated on her stance in a video posted on her Instagram page. In response to the argument that Miss Lou allowed the Jamaican patois dialect to be generally accepted from people like herself, Stephens said: “She didn’t liberate me… as soon as I was born, I was talking patois.”Her position has brought her squarely under attack by Miss Lou’s supporters. Some took to social media to air their disagreement with Stephens’ position.“Tanya Stephens has done a fine job of regulating herself to the fool’s corner, wearing the dunce cap and all. You are wrong on this one. You are doing an excellent job of diminishing your already minute fan base. Stop now. We hear your voice crying out in the wilderness,” one social media user posted.Dissed Simpson MillerTanya Stephens was recently under fire for her criticism of former Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller. She lambasted Simpson Miller on social media the same day she was being honored by politicians on both sides of the aisle in Jamaica’s House of Parliament.last_img read more

Raymond tops Order of Merit

first_img15 Nov 2012 Raymond tops Order of Merit Neil Raymond (Corhampton, Hampshire, IoW & CI), Brabazon Trophy winner for the past two years and an England international for the same period, has won the Titleist/FootJoy England Golf Men’s order of merit for 2012. Raymond (Image © Tom Ward) 26, topped the list with 609.09 points, less than three ahead of his international team-mate Craig Hinton (The Oxfordshire, BB&O) but over 60 clear of third placed Edward Richardson (Hemsted Forest, Kent). “I’m delighted to win the order of merit and to see my name among the previous winners,” he said. “This caps off my season nicely and I’m grateful to Titleist and FootJoy for their sponsorship. “My season has been good and the highlight was winning the Brabazon Trophy again. Some of the other performances were not what I was looking for and I was disappointed not to win the English Amateur. It would have been nice to do ‘the double’. “But it doesn’t always go as planned so I’ll keep working hard over the winter and hopefully I’ll get to where I want to be next year.” Jonathan Dowdell, Titleist Golf Ball Product & Marketing Manager, commented: “As the #1 ball in golf, Titleist is delighted to have once again supported the order of merit and there can be no doubt that the title has gone to a truly worthy winner. We would like to congratulate Neil on claiming the order of merit title which is just reward for a season of great quality and consistency.” Most of Raymond’s points were gained when he successfully defended the Brabazon Trophy at Walton Heath following his initial success at Burnham & Berrow in 2011. That was his only major victory of the season although he also won the New South Wales Medal in a playoff while in Australia at the start of the year. However, he reached the quarter finals of the English Amateur Championship at Silloth-on-Solway. The bulk of Hinton’s points were gained from his victory in the Welsh Open Stroke Play while the 24 year old also finished equal fourth in the St Andrews Links Trophy. Richardson, 44, has made a successful return to top level amateur golf after battling with serious illness. An international between 2005 and 2008, he won the Hong Kong Amateur Championship last week and has enjoyed top ten finishes in at least six tournaments.last_img read more

Hamilton Sets Pole Record With Dramatic Last Lap in the Rain

first_imgMONZA, Italy (AP) — Full throttle at more than 300 kph (nearly 200 mph), his vision impaired by heavy rain pounding down on his shiny golden helmet, Lewis Hamilton pulled out a clutch performance to enter the F1 record books on Saturday.Hamilton kept his focus through a 2 1/2-hour rain delay. Then he drew on all of his talent, ability and experience to overcome a late challenge from rising rival Max Verstappen, claim his 69th career pole position and break the Formula One record previously held by his childhood idol, Michael Schumacher.Verstappen had taken the top spot just before Hamilton’s final lap, so when Hamilton reclaimed P1 with time expired he rapidly pumped his fist multiple times. It was the type of celebration normally reserved for race victories.“After such a long time waiting in the rain, I think the racing fans got their money’s worth from the dominant lap Lewis produced right at the end — even if they were probably cheering a bit more for the cars in red than for us,” said Toto Wolff, the head of motorsport at Hamilton’s Mercedes team.“It was a brilliant lap, after a session where he was the quickest man throughout, and it was undoubtedly a performance worthy of claiming the all-time pole position record,” Wolff added.Indeed, it may not have been exactly what the red-clad Ferrari fans came to see at the Italian Grand Prix.After all, Schumacher won five of his record seven world championships with Ferrari from 2000-04 and the automaker is celebrating its 70th anniversary this weekend.But Hamilton certainly earned it.“Honestly I came across the line and I didn’t know if I had it but it felt like a good lap,” he said. “I can’t believe it — 69 — I just can’t believe it. I’m so grateful.”Hamilton finished more than a second ahead of Verstappen while Daniel Ricciardo in the other Red Bull qualified third, although both Red Bulls are taking grid penalties for engine changes.“There was a lot of pressure for that last lap so there was a lot to risk but I gave it everything,” Hamilton said.Lance Stroll steered his Williams to fourth, Esteban Ocon of Force India placed fifth and Hamilton’s teammate Valtteri Bottas came sixth.With the Red Bull penalties, the 18-year-old Canadian rookie Stroll will start on the front row in Sunday’s race alongside Hamilton — making him the youngest F1 driver to achieve that feat.The 20-year-old Ocon will be third on the grid and Bottas fourth.“These young kids coming through are keeping me on my toes,” Hamilton said.Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel qualified seventh and eighth, respectively, meaning they will start fifth and sixth.Verstappen and Ricciardo will start 15th and 18th, respectively.Hamilton is looking to erase his seven-point deficit behind championship leader Vettel.“The key point to take away from this afternoon is that we will start the race with both cars ahead of our direct competition, and we will be aiming to keep it that way to the flag,” Wolff said.Hamilton established the pole record in just 201 races, far fewer than Schumacher’s 308. Still, the Briton has a long way to go to match Schumacher’s record of 91 race wins, standing second with 58.“I wish I was better with words to be honest,” Hamilton said when asked what it meant to break Schumacher’s mark in this setting. “I wish I had something iconic to say.“Growing up watching the sport as we all have, and witnessing greatness in other individuals such as Michael and just dreaming one day of doing what he’s doing or they’re doing and then to actually be there years later, I am proof that dreams are something that can come true,” Hamilton added. “So I think it’s really cool for young kids to be watching today.”It’s also the fourth straight year that Hamilton will start first in Monza and it was his sixth pole overall on the track, breaking another record held by Senna and Juan Manuel Fangio.Minutes before qualifying ended on the darkened circuit, Hamilton asked his team via radio, “Do I have time to slow down? I can’t see anything.” Cars ahead of him were throwing up a long trail of wet spray.Somehow, though, Hamilton completed one more fast lap.“Today was a real challenge with the break,” Hamilton said. “It was a real challenge not to get your mind drained with energy. And racing in the rain is a real challenge.”Qualifying started on time but then was suspended after Romain Grosjean aquaplaned 6 1/2 minutes into the session.Grosjean hit the barriers then drifted across the main straightaway without harm, just seconds after the Frenchman told his Haas team via radio: “I can’t see where I’m going. It’s too dangerous.”“We shouldn’t have gone out at all,” Grosjean said later.During the delay, Hamilton and Bottas played a video game, while Verstappen and Ricciardo took over a live TV camera from the official broadcaster.With the camera on his shoulder, Ricciardo walked into the Mercedes garage and zoomed in on Hamilton’s car before being escorted away.“I was just playing around, trying to entertain the fans,” Ricciardo said. “It was very nice of them to stick around today in the rain.”Hamilton, above all, made it worth the wait.ANDREW DAMPF, AP Sports Writer TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more