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May 25, 2010 > New Haven Board of Education briefs

New Haven Board of Education briefs

Submitted By Rick La Plante

Mikey McKelvey, a seventh-grade teacher at Alvarado Middle School, has been selected as the New Haven Unified School District's Teacher of the Year, it was announced during the Board of Education meeting Tuesday night. Lenora Matthews, a campus monitor and noon supervisor at Searles Elementary, was named Classified Employee of the Year.

A New Haven teacher for 18 years, including 14 at AMS, Mikey McKelvey also serves as a coach for Writers Workshop, the District's research-based approach to literacy instruction. A member of the school's Instructional Leadership team, she also has served as a department head, curriculum leader and literacy coordinator, as well as on School Site Council, the Site-Based Decision-Making Team and the Curriculum Budget Committee. She is a National Board certified teacher in both English/language arts and social science/history.

Lenora Matthews, the Classified Employee of the Year, has spent four years at Searles, where she supervises recesses and organizes the recess and lunch schedules and supervisors. She is actively involved with "at-risk" students, mentors two students in the school's adult-student "PALs" program, and is a member of the BEST (Building Effective Schools Together) team. A regular at Parent-Teacher community meetings, she also works with parent volunteers.

The Board of Education also recognized Teachers of the Year and Classified Employees of the Year from each District site.

The other Teachers of the Year: Anita Schumann (Alvarado Elementary), Ivan DeSouza (Eastin), Sheilah Stettler (Emanuele), Rodana Breen (Hillview Crest), Allison Sayavong (Kitayama), Kamon Turner (Pioneer), Maria Spagle (Searles), Hannah Watson (Cesar Chavez), Abigail Noche (James Logan), Joshua Straley (Conley-Caraballo), Jami Hiller (New Haven Adult), Cameron Raphael (Cabello Student Support Center).

The other Classified Employees of the Year: Michelle Lemaster (Alvarado Elementary), James Micheli (Eastin), Diana Castillo-Christy (Emanuele), Victor Almaguer (Hillview Crest), Renee Smith (Kitayama), Jose Fregoso (Pioneer), Brian Semprevio (Alvarado Middle), Antonio Lopez (Cesar Chavez), Esther Ramirez (James Logan), Sue Hollman (Conley-Caraballo), Mary Celada (New Haven Adult), Joyce Walker (Educational Services Center), Linda Garretson (Cabello Student Support Center), Ismael Flores (Corporation Yard) Carleen England (Food Services).


Cheri Benafield, Assistant Principal at Alvarado Elementary, and Anthony La Rue, a highly regarded young educator from San Diego, have been hired as principals at Pioneer and Eastin elementary schools, respectively, and Hui Stevens has been promoted from assistant principal to acting principal at Alvarado Middle School.

The Board received an update on the state budget and its impact on the District. Chief Business Officer Akur Varadarajan told the Board that he is in the process of incorporating information from Gov. Schwarzenegger's proposed revisions to the state budget into the District's budget, for the Board's consideration in June.

A report was given from Nutrition Services and the District's Health Education and Resource Team on HEART's activities for 2009-10.

Leasing was approved on unused space at the former Barnard-White Middle School campus to Cornerstone College of Science & Technology for 13 months, providing a net increase to the General Fund of approximately $78,650.

The Board accepted a $5,000 donation to James Logan High School from Judy Marovich of Hayward.

Agendas of regular Board of Education meetings and minutes of past meetings are available on the District website:

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