California Educator

December/January 2022

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dream big O U R 202 1 -2 2 I N N OVAT I O N I S S U E SA LU T E S E D U CATO R S W H O DA R E TO I M AG I N E A WO R L D W H E R E L I F E I S B E T T E R F O R T H E I R S T U D E N T S. Stories by Sherry Posnick-Goodwin Big dreamers unleash their imaginations to see what might be. The innovators we highlight on the following pages not only imagined scenarios and worlds where they could improve students' lives, but took action to make those possibilities real. From assisting foster youth and homeless students and their families, to creating cutting-edge enrichment curriculum for children and youth in a challenged community, to opening doors for underrepresented young people in the sciences, these educators' big dreams illuminated a path that helped students set goals and move beyond real or perceived barriers. They have made a difference, and our students, schools and colleges are better for it. Aba Ngissah Making dreams possible PAGE 18 Katie McNamara Mission to empower PAGE 20 Chantel Parnell Diversifying tech PAGE 21 Julie White Help for the neediest PAGE 23 Jo Wen Wu Opening doors to careers PAGE 24 Josefa Bustos-Pelayo Reading for joy PAGE 26 Loren Parck Working behind the scenes PAGE 27 Stephanie Yellin- Mednick Nurse leader PAGE 29 Anthony Carlson Game for anything PAGE 30 17 D E C E M B E R 2 0 21 / J A N U A R Y 2 0 2 2

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