President’s Letter – April 23, 2019

President’s Letter – April 23, 2019

Today’s meeting was all about recognizing outstanding teachers in our community. One of our previous award winners Shannon Saleh was kind enough to bring a dozen singers from San Marcos High School to perform for us. We also presented another Outstanding Teacher Award to Lianette Santana from Santa Barbara High School. As if that was not enough, we heard an amazing invocation from Matt Nehmer, who is also an educator. I was so excited about education by the end of the meeting I almost went to SBCC to sign up for classes.

I don’t know about you but standing up and singing in front of an audience scares the heck out of me. That was clearly not a concern for a couple of young vocalists as they performed songs from their upcoming play “Catch Me If You Can”. There was absolute conviction in their voices and they showed amazing self-confidence. They were joined by a dozen singing flight attendants who danced and added a variety of harmonic choruses. What a treat to hear from this talented group of young entertainers. All of the members and guests enjoyed the event tremendously and we can look forward to saying the next Justin Timberlake or Katy Perry performed for us when they were just getting started. We were invited to attend their upcoming play, which is running from May 2nd – 4th and 9th – 11th at the Marquis Family Theatre on San Marcos High School at 7:00 pm. There is also a matinee on May 2nd at 2:00 pm.

Outstanding Teacher Award
Today we recognized another one of our outstanding local educators. Lianette Santana is an ESL instructor at Santa Barbara High School. She is being acknowledged for her ability to create a positive nurturing environment in her classroom. When an instructor provides the proper environment for learning and supports the students with appropriate feedback the results can be amazing and Matt Stockton the Assistant Principal at Santa Barbara High School emphasized this attribute in his remarks. Lianette mentioned that the awarded funds would go towards learning aids and to assist the less fortunate students with additional school supplies. Thank you and congratulations Lianette, it is teachers like you that inspire tomorrow’s leaders.


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