Congratulations to this year's TALB Golden Star Award Recipients! The Golden Star Award recognizes a CDC or Head Start TALB member that has earned the respect and admiration of his or her colleagues.
Scroll down to read about all 4 of this year's recipients.
20 years in LBUSD
Cindy has been teaching for 30 years, 20 years have been for Long Beach Unified School District. She currently works at Burcham CDC; Cindy is an outstanding Child Development teacher. Her high level of professional performance exceeds Excellency. She is dedicated to the children, staff, coworkers and parents she serves. Cindy lets her LIGHT SHINE and services for others on a daily basis. Cindy is a great asset to CDC and Long Beach Unified School District.
She is part of the LBUSD Special Education Community Advisory Committee. She attends various Child Development workshops and Big Day training to enhance her classroom environment and teaching skill. She is a graduate of Cotton Leadership College with AA degree in Biblical and Theological Studies. She has been a TALB representative for 19 years and NEA-RA Delegate for 5 years. She volunteers a lot of her time for TALB, which include TALB Membership Committee, Awards Committee, First Fridays volunteer, TALB phone banking and walks the MLK Parade.
Cindy is involved in her church, Cottonwood Church Neighborhood in the Hospital Outreach program. She participated in a mission trip through her church to Haiti in 2010; this was her most memorable experience. She is also involved in her neighborhood; she is the Neighborhood Watch Block Captain and cleanup for 10 years. She has been involved with Boys Scouts of America for 8 years and Girls Scout of America for 2 years. She has participated in beach clean ups, Autism Speaks 5K Run, and Conquer the Bridge 5.3 mile Walk/ Run yearly event.
Cindy donates time and materials to new CDC teachers on her own time. She thrives to advocate for children here and around the world. Cindy is a dedicated CDC teacher who values her students, parents, and colleagues. She is respected and appreciated for her contribution throughout the CDC program.
10 years in LBUSD
Twenty-three years of students, 10 years in LBUSD, have been greeted each day by Baleria Burbano. Mann CDC is fortunate to have Ms. Burbano to service their students. “Ms. Burbano is an exceptional teacher, her professional skill is unimpeachable. She has excellent rapport with her students’ parents.” “Every time you go into Baleria’s classroom you notice all the hard work she does with her students.” “Ms. Burbano’s knowledge, skills, and love of teaching can be seen through her students and their work.” Her colleagues appreciate her help and support. Baleria shows her generosity, and commitment to others by her hours donated to others. She has volunteered with the green team “I Dig Long Beach” planting trees in Long Beach along Pacific Avenue, participated in beach clean ups, as well as worked with Juntas Regalamos Sonrizas (together we give smiles) to feed, and provide clothes for the homeless in Los Angeles. Teacher’s Association of Long Beach is proud to award to Baleria Burbano with the Golden Star Award.
Smith Head Start
20 years in LBUSD
Winifred has been a teacher for 25 years; twenty of which have been with the Head Start program for Long Beach Unified School District. She’s currently a TALB rep, member of the Ethnic Minority Affairs Committee, member of the TALB Membership Committee, and member of the TALB Awards Committee. She volunteers at every First Friday during the school year to help create a community space at the TALB parking lot. She is a Board member of Concerned African American Parents (CAAP) and also Vice President of Wilson High PTSA. She served as a delegate to the NEA Rep Assembly in Orlando, Florida in 2015. In addition to being an excellent preschool teacher, she is one of TALB’s most actively involved members!
Carver Child Development Center
36 years in LBUSD
Kathleen has been a teacher for 46 years; thirty-six of which have been with the Child Development Program for Long Beach Unified School District. She demonstrates a high level of knowledge as coordinating teacher. She is always mentoring new teachers. She is the first person to volunteer to assist another teacher when they are short staffed.
Kathy volunteers at K-Feast, recruited volunteers that helped Kaboom build a new playground at Edison CDC, and she has volunteered at First Fridays events at TALB. She is a TALB Rep, CAEYC member, teaches a weekly second grade religious class, and she is an usher at a community play house.
Kathy also assists in school events such as Fall Festival, Pirate Night, Truck or Treat, Magic Night, and Steam Night. She has earned the respect of her co-workers, parents, and students.