Tag Archives: teachers

Broader Scope to Service to Others – Dogs?


Rumination from the Rock and Beyond Jory Westberry Over a decade ago, my husband and I committed to fostering a puppy that ultimately would be assigned to a handicapped or visually impaired person. The organization that we partnered with, “Paws with a Cause,” is based in Michigan. Our black Labrador puppy was named Opal by the students at Tommie Barfield ... Read More »

MIA’s Tech Students Offer Help to Community

Photo by Barry Gwinn
MIA Tech Tutors discuss a problem. From left: Allesandro Donato, Vincent Piranio, Sean Sorrick, Tina Nash, and Mariana Ruiz Vallejo. Nash is a financial advisor with Morgan Stanley, who sponsors the group by providing an advisor for meetings.

By Barry Gwinn  A small group of dedicated Marco Island Academy (MIA) techies meets every other Wednesday in Room 106 at MIA. They style the group as Tech Tutoring and will take a shot at fixing most any tech problem that comes to their attention. They are devoted to solving the software problems of anyone who needs help because of ... Read More »

Champions For Learning Give Grants


Champions For Learning awarded almost $65,000 in classroom grants to Collier County teachers. Volunteers, supporters, and board members of Champions For Learning, surprised local teachers when they delivered 126 grant checks to 41 Collier County schools, to support innovative experiences for students. Collier County teachers requested funding through the classroom grant portal on the Champions For Learning website. This online ... Read More »

Extracurricular Learning Opportunities Abound

Participants in the Field-based Estuarine Studies program trawl for samples.

By Don Manley Learning will not only take place in the classroom during the 2016-2017 school year thanks to a variety of Marco Island- area nonprofits and the city’s Parks and Recreation Department. The Greater Marco Family YMCA, the Marco Island Center for the Arts, Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve and Mackle Park all offer opportunities for youths to ... Read More »

East Naples Matters


COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala It’s amazing to see how quickly the Hobby Lobby is going up since it started coming out of the ground. It took a long time to get started, but now they are moving quickly. I wonder how that will work, now that there will be two shops with crafts and creative items to use for decorating ... Read More »

Classical Education vs. Progressive Education


By Jory Westberry If you’ve been following the campaign rhetoric during campaigning for the Collier County School Board, you may have heard the term “Classical Education” proposed by two candidates as the ideal education for the students in Collier County schools. But what is it and how does it compare to the education our students are receiving now? Classical education ... Read More »

New Beginnings, New School Year

Tommie Barfield Elementary dismissal procedures for the 2016-2017 school year. Submitted

By Don Manley The teaching and learning are underway and so are the clubs, sports and other activities that are part of the newly begun 2016-2017 school year. As always, the process involves that momentous and shared rite of passage for youngsters, the first day of kindergarten. It’s an experience that Jordan Carmignani of Marco Island can now chalk up ... Read More »

Connecting Students with Science and Technology


COASTAL CONNECTIONS Renee Wilson Spending time in a classroom is one way to learn, but smelling, hearing and touching the subject usually results in reinforcing an educational experience that won’t soon be forgotten.  Each year, roughly 3,000 local students have the opportunity to get “a taste” of our local estuary as part of Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve’s field trip ... Read More »

The Computer Age


By Monte Lazarus In memory of Monte Lazarus and his contributions to Coastal Breeze News, we are publishing many of his humor columns again in coming editions. They will bring as many smiles now as they did when first printed. Enjoy! It’s easy to understand why education costs so much. Think about it. In most of the last century there ... Read More »

Volunteers Needed


Submitted Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve is seeking volunteers! Our learning center is open Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 4 PM (open Saturdays beginning October). Volunteers are an integral part of the reserve and there are many opportunities available. Currently we are filling volunteers positions in the following areas: Docents for our daily programs; teachers and assistants for ... Read More »

Local Guidebook for Kids Wins Award


Submitted The Independent Book Publishers Association awarded “A (mostly) Kids’ Guide to Naples, Marco Island, & The Everglades” its Silver Benjamin Franklin Award, making it runner up for the Top Travel Book of 2015. Published by Naples-based Mostly Kids’ Guides, LLC, the book is the only winner featuring a U.S. destination. The other two winners featured Paris, France and Naples, ... Read More »

Academy Receives Donation from the Marriott


By Coastal Breeze News Staff Rick Medwedeff, General Manager of the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club and Spa, presented the Marco Island Academy with a check for a portion of the proceeds raised from a golf tournament, a total of $38,000. The school founder, Jane Watt, accepted the donation. The Academy is a Charter High School whose mission ... Read More »

Relay Recess Kickoff

Students receive goody bags from ACS with sunglasses and sunscreen.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff On December 4, 2015 the American Cancer Society’s Relay Recess kicked off at the Island Montessori School. Relay Recess brings the American Cancer Society (ACS) Relay For Life to elementary schools, nationwide. The program brings cancer education and community service into the classroom, engaging youngsters in the fight against cancer. ACS makes the education fun, ... Read More »

A SALUTE to Line of Duty Members

Submitted Ruben Zamora, a realtor with Keller Williams, introduces the SALUTE to Line of Duty Members, which contributes up to 25% of a realtor’s commission towards closing costs for members that are U.S. veterans, police officers, fire fighters, medical staff, and teachers. The program allows for those members to apply the commission towards their closing cost settlements, and would be ... Read More »

Tech Trek Seeks Nominations

Submitted T Tech Trek is seeking nominations of seventh grade girls for their weeklong STEM educational camp. Students are nominated for the program by their math and science teachers. The deadline for teachers’ nominations is December 15. Women are underrepresented in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Tech Trek’s camp aims at changing that by introducing girls ... Read More »

How Do You Measure Student Learning?

Johnathan Watt; Students’ individual talents cannot 
only be measured by standardized tests. PHOTO BY JANE WATT

FIGHTING FOR KIDS Jane Watt JaneWatt01@gmail.com website: JaneWatt.org As the chairman of the board of Marco Island Academy (“MIA”), a public charter high school for the past five years, I have had an opportunity to witness firsthand how the current standardized testing strategies affect students, teachers and administration at the school. As a parent of three children in the public school ... Read More »

SALUTE TO VETERANS: Philip “Phil” Ballou

Phil Ballou

By Maggie Gust Philip Ballou served as a Staff Sergeant in the 1771 Air Transport Command, Army Air Force, in the Pacific Theater, 1943 to 1946. Phil had a very unique wartime story. He is the first person I have ever met whose mother served in the same war. Hazel Ballou, a 38-year-old legal secretary during peace time, enlisted in ... Read More »

Kiwanis Terrific Kids

Kathleen Reynolds and Avè Dussias. Mom Jennifer looks on.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff On October 22, the Kiwanis Club of Marco Island honored five fifth-grade children from Manatee Elementary School and Tommie Barfield Elementary School with the Terrific Kids award. October’s Terrific Kids are: Avè Dussias, Hope Heidreich, Woodjenley Nicolas, Alejandra Ramos and Olivia Saunders. Avè and Hope attend Tommie Barfield. Woodjenley, Alejandra and Olivia attend Manatee. The ... Read More »

Conservancy of Southwest Florida receives $25,000 grant during Walmart “Day of Giving”

Funding to support STEM-based programs at the Conservancy The Conservancy of Southwest Florida recently received a $25,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation to support STEM-based Learning Adventures outreach and field trip programs at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida. The grant was presented to the Conservancy of Southwest Florida on Sept. 30 during a special Walmart “Day of Giving” event in ... Read More »