Teachers spend summer in the classroom

Published 11:45 pm Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Many West St. John High School teachers had the good fortune to attend professional development courses over the summer for that benefited their classrooms and the school.

• Veena Senra attended the Teacher Leader Summit at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center June 3 and 4, when she was trained to utilize the HS Math Guidebook for remediation. She also learned how math teachers can implement effective rubrics for instructional feedback. Finally, she was able to gain knowledge of another school district’s experience of implementing Eureka Math.

• Brian Carter attended the LaSIGMA program at the University of New Orleans June 2 to July 25. While there, he worked in the Advanced Material Research Institute program, where his project was to optimize silicon solar cell growth.










• Deanna Edenfield attended a workshop on June 26 for new technology teachers at the St. John the Baptist Parish School Board office, learning how to keep the school’s website updated and streamlined to help the new SJBP application created for smart phones. Also, she was taught how to assist teachers with creating their own Edline websites.

• Lorenzo Edwards attended a few workshops, including the Louisiana Restaurant Association’s Summer Training Workshop June 24-26 at Grace King High School in Metairie. The workshop provided hands-on activities to bring to the classroom and industry insight. He was also present at the National Restaurant Association’s Summer Institute Level 2 at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Austin, Texas, July 13-18. This institute assisted with refining culinary skills and helped instructors earn a Certified Secondary Foodservice Certification.

Edwards also attended the Career and Technical Education Teacher’s Workshop at the Louisiana Resource Center for Educators in Baton Rouge July 28 through Aug. 1, which allowed teachers to obtain a CTTIE-1 license.

• Wendolyn Dillon and Susan Cases attended the Effective Educators Seminar presented by Harry Wong on June 28 at Louisiana State University, where teachers picked up strategies to manage a classroom for optimum student learning and achievement. The presenters gave the teachers tips about how to set clear expectations and procedures to create structure in the classroom. 

• Brett Zimmerman attended two summer professional development sessions for Louisiana Teacher Leaders. In June, he traveled to the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center to learn the new secondary ELA curriculum. In July, he trekked to Lafayette for a more in-depth review of ELA unit and lesson plans. He also spent a portion of his summer writing the high school ELA scope and sequence for the St John the Baptist School Public School District. Finally, he led a professional development for high school ELA teachers.