California Educator

May / June 2016

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H O N O R A B L E M E N T I O N : Best lounge act — Hannah (VANESSA SHELDON, Desert Sands Teachers Association) relaxes after a long day of grading papers. Most tenacious — three-legged Trifecto's spirit and sense of humor inspire PERSIA WIRTH, United Teachers of Santa Clara, who suffers from chronic pain. Most regal — Registered American Quarter Horse and weekend competitor Colby, with EV NUSIC of Mountain Empire Teachers Association. Good works — Molly (TARA RAZI, San Marcos Educators Association) is a therapy dog who volunteers at hospitals. Best hug — Thing One and ANGIE MARKLE of Napa Valley Educators Association (yes, there is a Thing Two). Best nose — mini Australian shepherd Griffin with LOUISE ARJAEV, United Teachers Los Angeles. Best impersonation — Maurice, with KRISTIE IWAMOTO, Napa Valley College Faculty Association, at AT&T Park in San Francisco. Most affectionate — Lois, with DON STAUFFER, Washington Teachers Association. Best sentinels — Two of three bearded dragons owned by MICHELLE EFFRON (San Diego Education Association); their names are Corndog, Stretch and Feather. 55 May / June 2016

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