Monday, September 17, 2012

APPLAUSE - Sacramento Bee

Kudos to: Dean Baird, Rio Americano High School physics teacher

Accomplishment: Received a Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching

Details: Baird traveled to the White House in June to receive his certificate and to meet fellow winners and Vice President Joe Biden. "The students that I get in physics are not scientists, they're not engineers, they're not mathematicians," Baird told a San Juan Unified School District online publication. "They're just kids that are ready to go to college. I want to give them a broad appreciation for physics and the role that it plays in their life."

Kudos to: Susan Taylor, Sacramento State professor

Accomplishment: Mental Health Champion award from Sacramento County

Details: Taylor stresses the importance to connect with students before stressful situations become so dire that they can lead to suicide. She spends her time with the college community, developing training around mental health awareness and intervention.

Kudos to: North Country Elementary School in Antelope

Accomplishment: Received grant to develop a program called "The Leader in Me."

Details: "The Leader in Me" program endeavors to bring higher academic achievement, fewer discipline problems and increased interaction between teachers and parents. "The Leader in Me" is designed to foster leadership and personal responsibility.

â€" Bill Lindelof

blindelof@sacbee.com

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