Education Briefs

Crawford’s Jonathan Winn named a Teacher of the Year

Jonathan Winn, who has made calculus a popular course at the Crawford High Educational Complex, was honored in May by the San Diego Unified School as one of the 2011 Teachers of the Year. Winn is a member of the faculty at Crawford’s CHAMPS (Community Health and Medical Practices).

The charismatic teacher is known for the amusing antics he uses to engage his students. On occasion, he has put on a wig and a white ruffled shirt to play mathematician Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646-1716) doing calculus in Paris.

Winn, who has a B.A. in mathematics from Keene State College, has also been featured as a “Masterful Teacher” on the George Lucas Educational Foundation’s Edutopia website.

Hoover High’s Vargas headed to Europe

Edgar Vargas, a member of Hoover High School’s class of 2012, is headed to Europe this summer for a fully-funded Rotary Youth Exchange Summer Camp in Amsterdam. He will be there from June 25 through July 9.

The camp gives young people the opportunity to explore a different part of the world and experience a foreign culture.

Vargas is a JROTC cadet and a member of Cardinals Interact, a program created by Price Charities, San Diego Rotary, and Hoover High to help students reach their full potential.

Rosa Parks’ Hightower honored as outstanding administrator

Irene Hightower, vice principal at Rosa Parks Elementary School, was one of 27 school administrators countywide recognized by the Association of California School Administrators for their achievements and dedication to public education.

The administrators were feted at an “Honoring Our Own” awards dinner at the Sheraton San Diego Resort and Marina on April 29, where they were also saluted by the San Diego County School Boards Association.

Hoover High students achieving financial savvy

Nearly 100 students from Hoover High School’s Academy of Information Technology received financial literacy certifications from EverFi in May, after completing a free, six-hour online course on savings, budgeting, taxes, insurance, consumer fraud and other financial topics.

EverFi’s Financial Literacy Platform for High Schools teaches students more than 600 financial concepts using animation and other forms of media. The curriculum is tailored to both state and national requirements.

Crawford students competed in engine challenge

Students from the Crawford High Educational Complex participated in a regional competition in May to disassemble and rebuild a GM 350 small-block engine in the shortest time.

The team from Crawford’s Invention and Design Educational Academy nabbed 11th place in a competition held in Torrance by Hot Rodders of Tomorrow. They spent 150 minutes on their assembly.