TALB Members Recognized for Accomplishments in 2015-16

Congratulations to the following TALB members who have accomplished significant milestones, awards, and recognition this year:

CTA Bay Valley Service Center Council WHO Award

WHO, We Honor Ours, is a way of inspiring CTA members to accept leadership roles by providing recognition for service contributions to the teaching profession. WHO is a way of saying thank you to chapter members who have contributed and is a way of encouraging recipients to continue to serve.

Caridad Rivera

Caridad has been a tireless worker for equity at the Teachers Association of Long Beach. Her work as our Minority-at-Large Executive Board member has had lasting impact on TALB. She has organized workshops for Long Beach teachers in a variety of areas that have helped them better understand the many different ethnic groups we teach on a daily basis. She has worked at the Service Center level to help organize the Ethnic Minority Reception and she has also worked at the state level on the Language Acquisition committee. Not content to just have a local impact, she has also joined the NEA Women’s Issues Committee for the past two years and has brought back to Long Beach many new ideas we are beginning to implement into our local culture. She has been a role model for minority teachers in Long Beach as well as the Bay Valley Service Center and is very deserving of this award.


CTA Local WHO Award

WHO, We Honor Ours, is a way of inspiring CTA members to accept leadership roles by providing recognition for service contributions to the teaching profession. WHO is a way of saying thank you to chapter members who have contributed and is a way of encouraging recipients to continue to serve.

Marion Nguli

For the past two election cycles, Marion has helped direct TALB’s political actions first as the chairperson and now as the Executive Board Liaison to the Organizing Committee. She has given up countless hours of her time to make sure TALB endorsed candidates have been elected. She phone banks nightly during the election cycle and personally walks precincts. Prior to this, Marion served as a site representative, and later served CTA during the Proposition 30 and 32 campaigns on a full time release program organizing local activities. Marion is an integral part of the success TALB has had in electing education-friendly candidates. It is an honor to present her with this year’s WHO award.


Katherine Tacea
2016 Teacher Librarian of the Year
Long Beach School Librarians Association


Sandra Muth
2016 School Nurse of the Year
Long Beach School Nurse Association


Eric Brundin                                   
TRC, Science Center          
2016 Extraordinary Teacher Award                                                                                      Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell’s Teacher Appreciation Reception


Laura Castillo                     
McBride High                     
2016 National Award Recipient for the ACI / CDC Healthy Schools, Healthy People, It's a SNAP Program
pecial Recognition by First Lady Michelle Obama


William Diaz Brown        
Willard Elementary           
2016 Extraordinary Teacher Award
Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell’s Teacher Appreciation Reception


Deborah Drab                    
Tincher Elementary          
2016 Extraordinary Teacher Award                                                                                 
Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell’s Teacher Appreciation Reception


Lorraine Fimbres              
Mann CDC                           
Master of Arts in Education: Early Childhood Education
Pacific Oaks University


Edward Hauck Jr.              
Wilson High                        
2016 Extraordinary Teacher Award                                                                                                Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell’s Teacher Appreciation Reception


Erica Kelly                           
McBride High                     
Master of Arts in Education           
California State University, Long Beach


Annemarie Lander                       
Tincher Elementary          
2016 Extraordinary Teacher Award
Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell’s Teacher Appreciation Reception


Mary Lang                           
Hughes Middle                   
2016 Extraordinary Teacher Award
Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell’s Teacher Appreciation Reception


Janet Leis                            
Wilson High                        
2016 Extraordinary Teacher Award
Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell’s Teacher Appreciation Reception


Katherine Leonard                       
Lincoln Elementary  
         
Master of Arts in Education
Educational Technology and Media Leadership Degree
California State University, Long Beach

Teacher Librarian Services Credential with an added Special Class Authorization in Information and Digital Literacy

Reading and Literacy Authorization Certificate

California School Library Association
Diversity Scholarship (Spring 2016)


Cynthia Melara                 
Lincoln Elementary
Earlene Billing First Timers Scholarship


Melinda Mendez             
Burcham Elementary       
2016 Extraordinary Teacher Award
Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell’s Teacher Appreciation Reception


Gina Miller                         
Chavez Elementary           
2016 Extraordinary Teacher Award
Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell’s Teacher Appreciation Reception


Julie Mortensen               
Longfellow Elementary   
2016 Extraordinary Teacher Award
Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell’s Teacher Appreciation Reception


Judy Reynolds                   
Buffum Pre-K TLC              
West Region Nurse.com GEM Award Finalist
Excellence in Community Care Category


Paula Riley                         
Stanford Middle                
2016 Extraordinary Teacher Award
ssemblymember Patrick O’Donnell’s Teacher Appreciation Reception


Wendy Salaya                    
Wilson High                        
2016 Extraordinary Teacher Award
ssemblymember Patrick O’Donnell’s Teacher Appreciation Reception


Adrienne Sandstedt        
Marshall Middle                
2016 Extraordinary Teacher Award
ssemblymember Patrick O’Donnell’s Teacher Appreciation Reception


Stephanie Sasaki              
Jefferson Academies        
2016 Extraordinary Teacher Award
ssemblymember Patrick O’Donnell’s Teacher Appreciation Reception          


Sid Shapiro                         
Cleveland Elementary      
Honda Teacher Appreciation Award
“Helpful Honda Guys” (as seen on commercials) delivered $5,000 worth of supplies


Paula Spenker                   
Barton Elementary                       
2016 Extraordinary Teacher Award
Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell’s
Teacher Appreciation Reception


Katherine Tacea and Lynn Gay              
Lafayette Elementary       
Dream Big Teacher Challenge Grant
$100,000 grant from Farmers Insurance


Cathy Tillack                      
Lincoln Elementary           
2016 Extraordinary Teacher Award
Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell’s Teacher Appreciation Reception


Raquel Welch-Kitchen   
E.P.H.S.                                
2016 Extraordinary Teacher Award
Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell’s Teacher Appreciation Reception