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LEADSeries: MEET OUR NEW HURRICANES ~ WEEK 2

 

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Hello Hurricanes!!!! This Week  STORM TALK”  spotlights  Ms. Leyla Puentes-Wolfgang, World Languages Teacher.

Where are you from? I was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia. I completed both my elementary and secondary education there. Bogotá is a very dynamic capital city with different cultural activities happening every day! There is always something to do!

 Tell us about your some of your favorites. I love to read Latin American, Caribbean, and Spanish Literature. One my favorite writers is Julio Cortazar. His short stories are fantastic! I am a big fan of both classic, foreign, and independent films of all genres. I also enjoy listening to Jazz, especially to Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker… among MANY others!  I love cycling! My husband and I put our two little Chihuahuas in a bike trailer and cruise around Orlando. I also love going to the theater. I frequent our local playhouse, “Mad Cow Theater”. They always have wonderful productions. Recently, I have taken up meditation, and I love it! 🙂 Its benefits are being documented all over. Last but not least, I love eating different types of cheese! 🙂

Where have you traveled? My favorite traveling experience has been a road trip my husband and I did through Ireland. What a remarkable country! The people are super friendly and welcoming, the food is delicious, and the scenery is simply awesome! We are planning on going back to camp at the Lakes of Killarney in the future.

 Who has been an influential leader in your life? My Mom has definitely been a hugely influential leader in my life. As an immigrant and non-native English language speaker she worked hard and put herself through nursing school during her mid-40’s. She now works as an ER nurse at a hospital in Miami. She continues to mentor me every day, and is my biggest role model. Her passion and dedication have paid off, and now she literally works to save human lives every day.

Tell us about your previous work. Before working for SSMS, I was working for UCP (United Cerebral Palsy) a Charter School for students with and without disabilities. It was an amazing experience that forever changed me. I worked in both self-contained and inclusion classrooms with different types of disabilities. I witnessed huge improvements in many students, some that could be considered miracles! The spark of pride and accomplishment in their eyes is priceless. I firmly believe that as educators we make a daily difference in our students’ lives.

 Share about a teacher who made an impact on your life. My 5th grade teacher Soraya Ávila was caring, patient, understanding, and knowledgeable. I still have a letter she wrote to every single student in the class. I framed mine! In the letter she drew pictures of us and complimented us on our individual abilities. She was not afraid to be firm and disciplinary, but she was always fair, and we all appreciated that.

What do you like most about SSMS? First, the students! I love the diversity of our students’ demographics. I love interacting with them and appreciating their different personalities and backgrounds. I also love how funny they can be since I love to laugh! Last but not least, I love the amazing and warm welcome I have received from all the administration and fellow teachers, they have truly made a huge difference to me as a first year teacher.

WELCOME ABOARD LEYLA and CONTINUE to STORM!!!

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Coming Soon….FOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CORNER

 CLICK HERE for THE HURRICANE WEEKLY! 

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TEACHER SHOUT OUTS: #BringittoLIFE

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Every week students, in Ms. Downey & Ms. Ellerbe’s Student-Athlete Leadership Academy, participate in a team building exercise. The last couple weeks they learned communication, teamwork and how to handle frustrating situations. 

The pictures reflect our students using synergy to complete their task. (Week 1: The string challenge, Week 2: The Human Knot Challenge)

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WIN-WIN at it’s best:  Ms. Williams created a charging station for her students’ electronic devices in class.  Ms. Williams also knows where their phones are : )
 
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 ANNOUNCEMENTS
 

HAVE A STORMING WEEKEND EVERYONE!!!!!

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Posted by on 08/27/2016 in LEAD21- SERIES1

 

LEADSeries- MEET OUR NEW HURRICANES

 

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Hello Hurricanes and Welcome to STORM TALK”.….. For the next few weeks we will be Spotlighting our New Hurricanes on Campus.

So without further ado, Everyone Meet, 7th Grade Civics Teacher, KENNETH HEISE!!!!

Where are you from? I was born and raised just a few hours north of here, in Jacksonville, Florida.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time? I am pretty much a jack of all nerdy trades. I enjoy Harry Potter, Star Wars, Doctor Who, Star Trek and Lord of the Rings just to name a few. During my free time you can find me enjoying any activity involving those particular fandoms or exercising (walking around playing Pokémon Go).

What brought you to education?  The idea of becoming an educator first crossed my mind in high school during which time I had several positive role models and leaders that were my teachers, particularly in social studies. After high school I fell into the day to day routine of a retail store manager where I began my personal journey as a leader (in this instance leading my employees.) After a few years passed by I was given an opportunity by an absolutely amazing college professor to study abroad in Italy. It was during this time of observing and learning from my professor that my former thoughts of becoming an educator resurfaced. I wanted to inspire and lead others to reach out into the world and gain a better understanding of different cultures and be in a positive learning environment like my professor had for me. It was after this trip that I left my retail job to finish my Bachelor’s degree and start my career in education.

If you could have dinner with any one person, who would it be and why? It took no time at all to decide on this answer. I would have dinner with the author of the Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling. I would begin by thanking her for the incredible book series she created that taught me that reading was exciting, fun and so rewarding. Her series gave me a passion for reading which helped me through college and my journey to becoming a social studies teacher.

Is there anything else you want to share? Even though the school year has just begun I already feel welcomed and a part of the SSMS family and I want to thank each and every person I have met and will meet for that feeling.

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CLICK HERE FOR OUR WILDLY IMPORTANT GOAL

CLICK HERE for the PBS/AIP UPDATE

CLICK HERE for RISE INFORMATION

Coming Soon….FOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CORNER

 CLICK HERE for the HAPPENINGS ON THE HURRICANE WEEKLY!

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TEACHER SHOUT OUTS:

Shout out to Chief Jackson for speaking to our 7th and 8th graders at the assembly! Very motivating and inspiring!!

Shout out to Superman  & Captain America for two awesome assemblies today!!!! #bestdeansinscps

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 ANNOUNCEMENTS
 

HAVE A STORMING WEEKEND EVERYONE!!!!!

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Posted by on 08/19/2016 in LEAD21- SERIES1

 

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WELCOME BACK HURRICANES!!!! THIS HAS BEEN AN AMAZING START TO OUR YEAR.  We have had a productive and rewarding first week of school – OUR STUDENTS are fun, charming, cooperative AND INNOVATIVE (as you see below).  They have been on task and really attentive in class.  They are truly wonderful students!  Continue our quest of BRINGING IT TO LIFE!!!! JUST WANTED TO SHARE SOME HAPPENINGS AROUND CAMPUS…

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Continue to STORM, Hurricanes!
 
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ANNOUNCEMENTS
 

HAVE A RELAXING WEEKEND!!!!

 
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Posted by on 08/12/2016 in LEAD21- SERIES1