Science teacher retiring from SMMUSD

first_imgHomeNewsEducationScience teacher retiring from SMMUSD May. 23, 2016 at 6:20 amEducationScience teacher retiring from SMMUSDJeff Goodman5 years agocaliforniacity of santa monicaLos AngelesNewsSanta Monicasanta monica californiasanta monica news For parts of three decades, Robert Seymour figured out how to make science engaging and relevant in classrooms filled with pubescent preteens.It was perhaps the former stuntman’s greatest act.Seymour, a longtime teacher at Lincoln Middle School, confirmed this month that he’ll be retiring from the Santa Monica-Malibu school district at the end of the school year.But for Seymour, teaching middle school students about everything from genetics and ecology to bacteria and viruses was less of a stunt than a thrill.“You can still excite them about the wonder of science,” he said.Raised in Royal Oak, Michigan, Seymour studied biology and psychology at the University of Michigan while developing his skills as an acrobatic cheerleader.Seymour started dental school at Michigan but steered himself in a different direction after two years, going to Orlando to work as a stuntman at the former Disney MGM Studios (now Disney’s Hollywood Studios).Seymour eventually relocated to Southern California to pursue acting and began taking classes at UCLA to earn a master’s degree in education. With his science background, he said, teaching “was a perfect fit.”Seymour first landed in SMMUSD as a student teacher at Santa Monica High School and was hired to work at Lincoln Middle School in 1992.In 1996, Seymour obtained a second master’s degree in administrative services and later served one year as an assistant principal at Lincoln.In 2005-06, Seymour achieved National Board Certification in early adolescent science, a highly regarded credential in the teaching profession and perhaps the biggest highlight of his teaching career. The distinction is earned through a rigorous, performance-based assessment. As of last year, SMMUSD had more than 70 teachers with the prestigious certification.Seymour’s tenure at Lincoln was broken up by a one-year stint in Albuquerque, where he taught middle school science in 2007-08. But, he said, he missed the people and environment in SMMUSD.“There’s nothing like Santa Monica,” he said. “It’s an awesome district, and Lincoln is an amazing place.”Seymour said the camaraderie among the staff at Lincoln made his job enjoyable and inspired him to prepare for his classes each day.He added that he will miss “working tirelessly to make learning come alive for our kiddos and being able to have some fun doing our yearly Faculty Follies.” He served many years as director of the follies, a popular series of stage performances featuring members of Lincoln’s staff.Seymour said it was a satisfying challenge to figure out how to maximize each student’s potential and come up with ways to make the academic material accessible through a variety of methods.“Each one is like a puzzle,” he said.Seymour said his only regret is not embarking on his teaching career sooner. He didn’t start until he was 32.In retirement, Seymour plans to move back to New Mexico and take up another to-be-determined job.“I’m sure something will come my way,” he said. “I am not good at just sitting still.”[email protected] :californiacity of santa monicaLos AngelesNewsSanta Monicasanta monica californiasanta monica newsshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentStraight out of rehabParking fees in place at parks near Expo LineYou Might Also LikeBriefsNewsBeach House Begins Community Re-Opening June 15Guest Author2 days agoBriefsNewsInput Invited for Marine Park Improvement ProjectsGuest Author2 days agoBriefsNewsPublic Health Emphasizes the Importance of Vaccinations as Distancing and Masking Guidelines Relax Next WeekGuest Author2 days agoBriefsNews“Righting Our Wrongs” performance on June 11Guest Author2 days agoBriefsNewsSEATTLE Feds plan to curtail West Coast salmon fishing to help orcasGuest Author2 days agoColumnsFeaturedNewsOpinionWhat’s the Point?whats the pointGAY PRIDE MONTH IS HERE FOR ALL OF USDavid Pisarra2 days agolast_img read more

Chair of Business and Computer Science

first_imgSedentary work. Employees may occasionally be required to exertup to 10 to 15 pounds of force to lift, carry, push, pull orotherwise move objects. Normal office conditions. Must be available to work a flexibleschedule.  Position OverviewBay State College invites applications for Chair ofthe Division of Business and ComputerScience. Bay State seeksan accomplished computer scientist and educator tojoin a bold and innovative team that is committed to studentsuccess. We are looking for a visionary leader who can build andlead relevant and vibrant programs that will be hallmarks of a 21stcentury career-centered education.Reporting to the Chief Academic Officer, the DivisionChair of Business and Computer Science is a memberof the Senior Academic LeadershipTeam. The Division Chair carries out all of theduties necessary to lead and manage the College’s Business andComputer Science programs, including program development andreview, collaboration with marketingto attract stronger students into theprograms, recruitment of qualified and effectivefaculty, and the adoption of high-impact teachingand advising methods that contribute tostudent success and retention across all Division’sprograms. The Chair also participates in Collegeand Boston-area events to promote thestature and visibility of the Division. Operating ina coordinated effort with the Chief Academic Officer, the programAdvisory Board, as well as other academic administrators, theDivision Chair provides support and guidance to studentsand faculty and serves in a leadership role in alldepartment functions.  ResponsibilitiesDevelop and market new programs forthe Division.  Provide academic oversight for all divisionprograms.  Recruit, hire, and mentor faculty. Teach two courses per year in computer science. Support student success and retention. Educate the broader Bay State community about theDivision’s programs and opportunities. Develop relationships with employers and relevant organizationsto expand the available internship opportunities forstudents. Contribute to the development of courses in a varietyof delivery modes (hybrid, face-to-face,online).  Plan and administer a budgetfor the Division’s programs. Other responsibilities as determined by the Chief AcademicOfficer.RequirementsMasters required, Doctorate preferred, in ComputerScience, Technology Education or related Computer Scienceprogram. Record of holding positions of increasingresponsibility in the industry and/or highereducation. Fiscal and personnel management experience. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to act effectivelyas a member of a team. Ability to communicate successfully with alldepartments within the College as well as business and regulatorypersonnel. Bilingual language is a plus.Working ConditionsSupervision is required. Travel is primarily local during the business day. May requiretravel to other locations occasionally.Benefits and PerksMedical, Vision, and DentalLife, AD&D, Short, and Long-Term DisabilityFlexible Spending Account401K Retirement Plan12 Paid HolidaysFloating and Birthday HolidayVacation and Sick TimePersonal DaysEmployee Assistance ProgramPre-Hire ProcessMust be authorized to work in the United StatesBay State College does not provide employment sponsorshipHow to ApplyInterested and qualified candidates should email a currentresume and cover letter to [email protected] include Chair of Business and ComputerScience and your full name in thesubject line. No phone calls please.About Bay State CollegeBay State College is a private career-focused college founded in1946 in the Back Bay neighborhood of Boston. With a mission toprepare students for successful careers and global citizenshipthrough academic rigor and individualized support, Bay State seekseducational leaders ready to develop students for professional andpersonal well-being far into the 21st century.Bay State College is an equal opportunity employerand all qualified applicants will receive consideration foremployment without regard to race, color, religion, sex,national origin, disability status, protected veteran status,gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy, andpregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protectedby law.last_img read more

Cyprus talks to continue at home

first_imgAt the same time, the Turkish and Greek Cypriot sides will continue to negotiate remaining sticking points such as whether the new federal government’s presidency would rotate between the two sides and where to draw the boundary between their two constituent states.“The conference will continue at [the] political level immediately thereafter to review the outcome of the working group’s discussions,” the U.N. said.Mustafa Akıncı, president of the self-declared Turkish Cypriot state, and Nicos Anastasiades, the Greek Cypriot leader and the country’s internationally recognized president, met in Geneva between Monday and Wednesday to discuss the outstanding issues.In another significant step, the two sides exchanged maps on Wednesday evening of their proposals for a boundary between the Turkish Cypriot state in the north and Greek Cypriot side in the south.It’s a particularly sensitive issue that will require Turkish Cypriots to give up some of their side to reflect their smaller population and economy and return significant sites to the Greeks. They are still negotiating over around 1 percent of the land.Foreign ministers from Greece, Turkey and Britain, U.N. Secretary General António Guterres and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and the EU’s top diplomat, Federica Mogherini, joined the leaders on Thursday morning. “They recognized that the security of one community cannot come at the expense of the security of the other. They also acknowledged the need to address the traditional security concerns of the two communities while at the same time developing a security vision for a future united federal Cyprus,” it said.Cyprus has been divided by a U.N.-enforced buffer zone since Turkey invaded the country in 1974. Akıncı and Anastasiades have been negotiating a reunification deal for the last 20 months, and aim to come to an agreement, draw up a new constitution and hold simultaneous referendums on both sides in the first half of this year.While the Geneva conference ended sooner than many expected — following suggestions that it could continue through the weekend — the U.N. stressed the participants recognized it’s time to come to a “successful conclusion.”“This is a historic opportunity that should not be missed.” Also On POLITICO Cyprus fears Russia could wreck reunification By Sara Stefanini Cyprus reunification within reach By Sara Stefanini GENEVA — The first ever international meeting to reunify Cyprus ended after only a day of talks, with an agreement to set up a working group and continue discussing the toughest issues later this month.Following a meeting at the United Nations on Thursday with the three countries charged with ensuring Cyprus’ independence and security — Greece, Turkey and the U.K. — the Turkish and Greek Cypriot leaders agreed to return home to focus on the last outstanding issues in the peace deal, the U.N. announced early Friday.Next, they will establish a working group of deputies tasked with identifying the specific questions around a new framework to ensure the reunified country’s security, and instruments needed to address them. They will begin discussions January 18.center_img The question of how to replace the Greek, Turkish and British guarantee powers is also contentious and includes resolving the future of the 30,000 or so Turkish troops stationed in northern Cyprus.Greek Cypriots want to do away with the security and guarantees system they see as outdated and don’t want Turkish troops on their land.“We believe, especially on this important and very difficult chapter of security and guarantees, that the European Union can provide a solution for the benefit of all Cypriots,” Nikos Christodoulides, the Anastasiades government’s spokesman, told reporters Thursday afternoon.Pointing to articles in the EU convention, he added, “the European Union is responsible for the security of its member states, it’s responsible for the European people.”Turkish Cypriots, however, are nervous about severing ties with the only country that recognizes their government since Cyprus was divided.The discussions on Thursday “underscored” the intentions on all sides to find a mutually acceptable deal on security and guarantees, the U.N. said.last_img read more


first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInMembers of Dumfries and Galloway’s Diabetes team, led by Dr Fiona Green, have always taken their responsibilities seriously.  Now their dedication has been recognised in the Scottish Diabetes Managed Clinical Network Audit – a rigorous test of standards and performance which checks and compares the quality of diabetes care across Scotland. The Audit also reports that Dumfries and Galloway has the best recorded levels of glucose control and the lowest levels of patient disengagement, both significant achievements given the high prevalence of diabetes in the area and the extensive geography of the region. “Colleagues in primary care also provide us with excellent support and we will continue to work closely with them to keep providing the best diabetes care in the country.” The Diabetes Team is delighted with the results and Diabetes Specialist Nurse, Jill Maciver, said:  “We are a close knit and progressive team with fantastic leadership.  This means we are able to work together to identify areas for improvement and make any necessary changes or developments quickly and smoothly.center_img Dumfries and Galloway has the most successful and comprehensive screening services for people with diabetes in Scotland, essential in the early diagnosis and treatment of potentially serious complications. The Diabetes Team has also provided structured education, a fundamental tool in the promotion of successful self management, to the highest percentage of people with diabetes in the country. PICTURE SHOWS:  Dumfries and Galloway’s successful Diabetes Teamlast_img read more

Countdown to Opening Day: Reason #10 Why The 2016 Cleveland Indians Will Rock: Veteran Leadership

first_img Matt Medley is co-editor at NEO Sports Insiders, covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Indians and high school sports in Northeast Ohio.Follow @MedleyHoops on Twitter for live updates from games. With Opening Day at the Corner of Carnegie and Ontario just 10 days away, we wanted to start our countdown of the top ten reasons why the Tribe will rock in 2016.Today we start with reason #10. Veteran Leadership.Tribe fans know from Terry Francona’s last three seasons in Cleveland that the 2-time World Series manager loves his veteran leaders.The new Front Office led by Team President Chris Antonetti and General Manager Mike Chirnoff went out this off-season and acquired several experienced players with impressive track records over long careers.What would probably be considered the biggest off-season acquistion was the addition of First Baseman/Designated Hitter Mike Napoli. Napoli had an up and down 2015, in which he got off to a rough start, but finished strong.He started the season with Boston, hitting just .207 before getting traded to the Texas Rangers in August.Napoli was like a different player the rest of the season, helping the Rangers reach the playoffs.Whether it was just the change of scenery, getting back to the team where he played two seasons and became an All-Star between 2011-2012, or just the fact that Texas is a great hitters’ park, Napoli hit .295 in the last 35 games of the season.He finished 2015 with a combined batting average of .224 with 18 home runs and 50 RBI.But Napoli was not the only veteran added to the Tribe’s lineup.Outfielder Rajai Davis, who has done his fair share of damage to the Tribe over the years, figures to play a big role in Cleveland this season.Davis is 35 years old, but has still been productive in recent years, owning a career average of .269. Davis hit .258 in 2015, stealing 18 bases. One of his best assets is his speed, as Davis has stolen 322 bases in his 10-year career, and although we can’t expect him to go back to the days of his mid-twenties, don’t be surprised to see Davis use his legs to score some extra runs for the Tribe this year.What would probably be considered the third biggest off-season acquisition for the Tribe was the addition of Third Baseman Juan Uribe. The 37-year-old has put together a solid, respectable career no matter where he plays. Cleveland will be his 7th different team of his career, and the fourth club he will be a part of in the last two seasons. Uribe was one of the components to the Mets’ run to the World Series in 2015, hitting six home runs in 44 games after being traded to New York in July. He hit a combined .253 with 14 home runs and 43 RBI in 2015. Whether Uribe plays almost every game or does not get every day playing time, he should be a valuable mentor for Giovanny Urshela, who already had an excellent season defensively in his 2015 rookie campaign, and is hitting the ball well in Spring Training.The other big acquisition the Tribe made in terms of a veteran leader was outfielder Marlon Byrd.Although he only signed a little over a week ago, Byrd could provide some power from the right side of the plate.It’s still not a guarantee that he makes the club, but the 38-year-old hit .247 with 23 home runs and 73 RBI in 2015. He also hit 25 home runs in 2014 and 24 in 2013. For a team lacking power, Byrd could make a big difference.What all of these players can add to the team, whether they play like they did five years ago or not, is veteran leadership.The Tribe was a relatively young team in 2015, with leaders like Corey Kluber, Michael Brantley, and Jason Kipnis just approaching the age of 30. Between the Tribe’s core of Brantley, Kluber, Kipnis, Yan Gomes, and Carlos Santana, none of them have played more than one postseason game in their careers, which was the Wild Card game they lost in 2013 to Tampa Bay.Between Napoli and Uribe the pair has played in 96 postseason games. Davis has only played in three, but he’s been in the Majors for 10 years.What’s even more impressive about Uribe and Napoli is that they have played in a combined 22 World Series games. Uribe has two rings. Napoli has one. That kind of experience can only help a young team, striving to reach the playoffs and contend. Which player do you think will help the Tribe the most in 2016? Come back tomorrow for reason #9 to be excited about the Tribe! Matt Medley Related TopicsJuan UribeMarlon ByrdMike NapoliRajai Davislast_img read more

Baldotto at the double

first_imgRichard Baldotto.PSC Golf from The Bunker BoysMonday, Feb. 12, Bangpakong – Stableford1st Richard Baldotto (22) 42pts2nd Mike Lloyd ((20) 42pts 3rd Geoff Parker ((15) 41pts4th Keith Norman ((16) 39pts5th Neil Jones ((22) 39ptsNear Pins: Keith Hemmings, Geoff Parker, John Oatway.Twenty-two golfers made their way to the Bang­pakong course on Monday, which was in pristine condition.Top of the heap today with forty-two points was Richard Baldotto, looking to make amends for his capitulation in last month’s golfer of the month competition.  Mike Lloyd may reasonably have expected to win today but was beaten into second place on count-back.  Geoff Parker, starting to show some consistency again, took third with thirty-nine points while Keith Norman was fourth and Neil Jones fifth.Wednesday, Feb. 14, Pleasant Valley & Soi DaoAn unusual day of golf today, eleven of our members stayed on home turf and played the Pleasant Valley course while eight others made their way up to Chantaburi to play the magnificent Soi Dao course.Pleasant Valley was in its usual good condition and the caddies made a special effort to mark Chinese New Year by wearing red and white outfits.  The winner on the day with a very good score of thirty-nine points was Ian Rattray, followed in second place by Colin Greig with thirty-seven and a full five strokes back in third was Alan Harris.  Near pins went to Ian Rattray, Mike Larsen and two to Alan Harris.At Soi Dao, we played two rounds, a team comp on the first and individual on the second.  The individual winner with thirty-six points was Michael Brett followed in second by Keith Norman with thirty-three.The Soi Dao course is quite magnificent, arguably one of the best in Thailand.  Every hole was different and challenging, the greens were very fast with subtle undulations and not easy to read and all around the scenery was breathtaking.  For anyone in Pattaya who hasn’t yet played this course it’s time to put on your to-do list.Friday, Feb. 16, Pattavia – Stableford1st Richard Baldotto (19) 42pts2nd Les Cobban (10) 40pts3rd Neil Carter (13) 39pts4th Keith Norman (16) 36pts5th Richard Mohns (14) 35ptsNear Pins: Gerry Cooney, Peter Kelly, and Les Cobban (2)/A field of twenty-one played the last round of the week at the Pattavia course.  As always the course was in excellent condition and a slight breeze kept play comfortable, however, the speed of play was less than optimal.  Despite that the standard of scoring was excellent and a number of very good cards were returned. RRichard Baldotto of the many swings fame has finally hit on one that seems to work consistently and managed to top the list with his second forty-two points for the week.  Remarkably for Les Cobban, forty points was only good enough for second place on this difficult course.  Third went to Neil Carter on thirty-nine with Keith Norman and Richard Mohns filling the minor places.At the presentation we heard some bad news that one of our members, Eddie Kelly, was struck down with a serious illness while visiting Pattaya and had to be shipped back to the Emerald Isle for treatment.  We are advised that he is now on the mend and everyone at the Bunker Boys wishes Eddie a speedy and full recovery, and look forward to seeing him back on the golf course again soon.last_img read more

RDS Qualifiers at Galway Equestrian Centre

first_imgPictured at the RDS Qualifiers at Galway Equestrian Centre sponsored locally by OceanFeed Equine are Eddie Moloney on Cruicerath Flexianna, owned by USA Young Jumpers LLC who came 1st in the 6 Year Old Class with Gerry Warren, Sales Manager, OceanFeed Equine and Lisa Holland, Galway Equestrian Centre. Photo Martina Regan Pictured at the RDS Qualifiers at Galway Equestrian Centre sponsored locally by OceanFeed Equine are Francis Connors on Pembrook Milenia, owned by M. Meller Wrenwood Stables, Winner of the 7 & 8 Year olds class with Barry O’Connor, RDS Committee and Gerry Warren, Sales Manager, OceanFeed Equine. Photo Martina Reganprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email These are the 4,5,6 and 7 year old classes which qualified for this years Dublin Horse Show at Galway Equestrian Centre on Wednesday. Pictured at the RDS Qualifiers at Galway Equestrian Centre sponsored locally by OceanFeed Equine are Niall Mullins on Tink Again, owned by Niall who came 1st in the 5 Year Old Class and Gerry Warren, Sales Manager, OceanFeed Equine. Photo Martina Regan Pictured at the RDS Qualifiers at Galway Equestrian Centre sponsored locally by OceanFeed Equine are Catherine Thornton on Cashmans Diamond owned by Maurice Bingham who came 1st in the 4 Year Old class and Gerry Warren, Sales Manager, OceanFeed Equine. Photo Martina Regan The classes are sponsored by Milltown Company OceanFeed. Pictured at the RDS Qualifiers at Galway Equestrian Centre sponsored locally by OceanFeed Equine are Eddie Moloney on Cruicerath Flexianna, owned by USA Young Jumpers LLC who came 1st in the 6 Year Old Class with Gerry Warren, Sales Manager, OceanFeed Equine and Lisa Holland, Galway Equestrian Centre. Photo Martina Reganlast_img read more

Galway Intermediate Camogie Team Begins Championship Tomorrow

first_imgThe Galway Intermediate Camogie Team face Cork tomorrow afternoon in their first game of the All-Ireland series. Galway are looking to win their first All-Ireland title since 2013 but first must get over their group that includes Cork, Meath, Down, Carlow and Laois. Throw in is at 2.30 in Charleville and ahead of the game, Galway Manager Lorraine Larkin spoke to John Mulligan WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img

Galway Kickboxers Head To England For International Fights

first_imgCian Mc Cormack from Kinvara and James Kelly from Athenry will both travel to Barnsley in the U.K. this coming weekend for the biggest fights of their careers to date.Cian will take on Owen Evans in a Pro Rules 5 Nations K-1 Title Fight and James will take on four times undefeated World Full Contact Champion Zach Evans for the for his World crown.The promotion entitled “Kings of Combat” will take place in the impressive Metrodome in Barnsley and Cian and James, who fight out of the Black Dragon Kickboxing Gym on the Sean Mulvoy Road, Galway, will both fly out with coach Pete Foley on Friday afternoon for an advance 24 hour weigh in and press reception ahead of their super fights on Saturday night.Some twenty five supporters from the Black Dragon Gym will make the trip to support their two club mates and have promised to make their presence heard on the night.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

Nine Galway City And County Golfers Aim For Irish Amateur Boys Title

first_imgprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Mark Power (Pictured) was victorious at Castle last year, winning by six shots, and the Kilkenny international is bidding to win back-to-back championships. Should he retain his title, Power will be keeping company with Greystones’ Paul Dunne, who completed a unique double at Bangor in 2009. Dunne is the only two-time champion in the history of the Irish Boys, which dates back to 1983. Previous winners include Damien McGrane (1988), Michael Hoey (1997) and Rory McIlroy (2004).Since the championship became an open event in 2012, there have been two international winners. England’s Bradley Moore won at Thurles in 2014 and Adrian Pendaries from France took the title at Tuam the following year. Eight visiting countries are represented in 2017: England (11), France (5), Turkey (4), Germany (3), Iceland (2), Netherlands (1), Portugal (1) and Slovakia (1).Surviving the 54-hole cut will be the immediate goal for every player in the field. The top 50 and ties progress to the final day. If Power recaptures his 2016 form, he will be hard to catch but with Ireland teammates Reece Black (Hilton Templepatrick); John Brady (Rosslare); Jack Hearn (Tramore); Robert Moran (Castle) and Cameron Raymond (Newlands) in the field, potential winners abound. The Irish Boys Amateur Open is underway at Castletroy with Nine Galway City and County Golfers all aiming to take the crown won by Mark Power last year.They are Ross Kelly from Tuam, Liam Nolan and Liam Power from Galway from Galway, Jack Touhy from Galway Bay, Luke O’Neill from Connemara, Alan Hill, Darren Leufer and David Kitt from Athenry and Ronan Hynes from Oughterardlast_img read more