Teachers get an education at annual Rotary barbecue

October 06, 2000
Santa Paula News
By Peggy Kelly Santa Paula TimesTeachers got an education on their support from the Santa Paula community when the Rotary Club staged its annual welcoming barbecue, held at the Wilson Ranch.Rotary President Dr. Bill Brand, who is also Superintendent of the Santa Paula Union High School District, noted that education includes the “whole process from kindergarten through the 12th grade. . .without that commitment from teachers even in that first year of school we can’t graduate students,” with skills that can lead to a good career or on to higher education.“It’s very important to get all our teachers off on the right foot,” he added. “It’s a great, challenging profession and kids know and appreciate teachers that want to take care of their educational needs.”Rotarian Rob Sawyer introduced principals and other representatives from area schools who, in turn, introduced the dozens of new teachers that attended the event.Sawyer noted that many Rotarians are “products of Santa Paula schools” and asked them to stand.Santa Paula Elementary School District welcomed 30 new teachers this year, said Isbell Middle School Principal Sheryl Misenhimer, and she thanked the Rotary Club for “honoring the teachers and districts,” that educate area students.
“It’s going to be an exciting year for the elementary district, especially with the new collaboration with the Santa Paula Union High School District,” in better preparing elementary students academically for the new, challenging curriculum now at the high school.This is the first year the elementary district has formed swim and wrestling teams, she added.Also attending were administrators and teachers of the historic Briggs and Olivelands schools just west of the city.“We want to thank the Rotary Club for their support of those who help prepare youth for the future,” said Renaissance School Principal Joe Jauregui, also a product of Santa Paula schools.“You can count on us for any kind of support we can give you,” said Dr. Brand to the educators. “Rotary isn’t a service club that just talks but one that believes in action. . .”Each teacher enjoyed a steak dinner prepared by the famous Rotary BBQ Team and received a special teacher-themed gift bag containing supplies and information on the city.

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