California Educator

August 2015

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Educators Are Everywhere Winners of Our Annual Photo Contest C T A M E M B E R S W E R E E V E R Y W H E R E this summer, includ- ing Portugal, Italy, Japan, Russia, Ireland, Florida, Alaska, and across California. Among other things, they did research for the coming school year, spent time with family, toured to raise funds for charity, and "stormed the Capitol" for public education. Many took their Educator along, and submitted outstanding photos and descriptions. We narrowed down entries to three winners, who each receive $50 in school supplies. We're also planning a more extensive look at some of our entrants in next month's story, "What I did on my summer vacation." Congratulations to all! Entries were judged based on location and identifiable icons, composition, photo descriptions, and humor. They can be seen at Joanne Endo, Moreland Teachers Association, and Satomi Fujikawa, CTA of Berryessa "We are in front of Castle Geyser in Yellowstone during one of its minor eruptions. This geothermal feature is right next to Old Faithful," they write. "Major eruptions only happen about once every 13 hours, so we were excited to be at the right place at the right time!" Constance Bronder, Palo Verde Teachers Association "I am in front of the O-torii gate in Miyajima, Japan. The O-torii is almost 50 feet tall and gives the illusion of floating in the water. Across the bay is Hiroshima, where the first atomic bomb was dropped. I'm really excited to open my students' eyes to new cultures and sights. Many of my students have never been outside of our rural town." Albertina Silva-Costa, Hilmar Unified School District Teachers Association, and Manuel Costa, Turlock Teachers Association "We traveled back to our roots in Lisbon, Portugal, and the Azores Islands, where we explored the country and felt like conquistadors, just like the Monument to the Portuguese Explorers behind us. The 25 de Abril Bridge reminded us of California's Golden Gate Bridge. We look forward to sharing our discoveries and treasures with our families, friends and students." 57 V O L U M E 2 0 I S S U E 1 CTA & You

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