WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. – CalSTRS voted its 11.6 million shares against long-tenured board members John D. Baker II, John S. Chen, Lloyd H. Dean, Enrique Hernandez, Jr., Donald M. James, Cynthia H. Milligan, Federico F. Peña, Stephen W. Sanger, and Susan G. Swenson. These board members failed in their duty to shareholders to identify the weaknesses in the company’s risk and oversight mechanisms.
WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The California State Teachers’ Retirement System today announced that Governor Brown has appointed Karen Yamamoto to the California State Teachers’ Retirement Board. The board oversees the retirement benefits for California’s prekindergarten–12 and community college educators covered under the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS).
For nearly 30 years, Marilyn Reynolds taught reading at a continuation high school in Southern California. This helped shape her writing career that includes 10 books of realistic teen fiction in her True-to-Life Series From Hamilton High. The books focus on troubled teens and also earned her an Emmy nomination for a TV adaptation of one of her stories. She continues working with at-risk youth, helping them find their voices through creative writing.
She’s a runner, a coach, an adviser to the school Gay Straight Alliance, a believer in her students and a rapper.
Peggy Nemeth, an English teacher at Riverdale High School in Fresno County, doesn’t do freestyle rap. “I have a terrible memory. I tell most of my kids they’re smarter than me. I memorize rap songs just so I can entertain them. I reward them with it.”
Retired principal Hervey A. Taylor III spent his educational career motivating and encouraging students toward the direction of success. He currently is working on a doctoral degree that focuses on educational leadership and organizational development so he can continue to be an advocate for students as they navigate through the educational system.
Jason Davis, a fifth-grade teacher at Chaparral Elementary School in Chino Hills, enjoys teaching everything, but says he gets the most fun out of science. It’s evident as he talks about teaching students about robots or a project to build a prosthetic arm.
If you ask Betsy Rivera for a 30-second explanation of her job as a Green Ambassadors teacher at Environmental Charter High School (ECS) in Lawndale, she will tell you this: “It’s teaching ethics and sustainability related to food, energy, water and waste.”
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