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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | September 16, 2012
Students snickering at their gay classmates. Others picking on students with special needs. Shoving. Racially charged jokes. One by one, teachers at an anti-bullying training session in Burbank this week raised their hands to relay stories of their own experiences with student bullying. Jay Gudzin, a teacher at Monterey High School after spending 21 years at John Burroughs High, said he could recall a time when his colleagues would write off bullying among students as “kids being kids.” No more.
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September 17, 2003
Molly Shore Teachers are everyday heroes to St. Finbar Parish School student Catherina Ticsay, 13, who honored them with an award-winning art project sponsored by state Sen. Jack Scott (D-Burbank). When Catherina's art teacher, Courtney Hammill, asked students to select an individual or profession for the art competition theme "heroes," Catherina said that she did not want to copy her classmates who chose firefighters, police and doctors. "I chose teachers because they taught all those people when they were little," Catherina said.
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By Bryan Mahoney | August 27, 2013
Christine Rog's first back-to-school ritual took place in her kitchen, where the construction of a ham sandwich heralded the start of a new year and new challenges ahead. Upon arriving at her new school, Stevenson Elementary, Rog marked another first: The inaugural steps onto a Burbank campus to become a part of the school system. The last time she did this, she was a student - growing up through Roosevelt Elementary, then Luther Burbank Middle School, and eventually graduating from Burroughs High.
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December 25, 2002
Molly Shore Lisa Clement, 46, does not have children enrolled in Burbank schools, but she wants to make the district better for students, teachers and parents. So she is running for one of three open seats on the Burbank Unified School District school board. "I think my chances look pretty good to get elected," she said. If elected, she plans to personally get involved with hiring the best new teachers from UCLA, Cal State Northridge, USC and other top schools.
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July 4, 2001
Gary Moskowitz BURBANK -- You too could be a teacher in just a few months. State Sen. Jack Scott (D-Burbank) announced last week the passage of Senate Bill 57 by the Assembly Education Committee, which could allow individuals to become teachers in a few months as opposed to two years. Scott said the bill is designed to encourage interested people who would make good public school teachers to pursue the profession by giving them a chance to prove their teaching skills at a quicker pace.
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By By Lauren Hilgers | November 16, 2005
In a city threatened by fires, mudslides and earthquakes, it has been five years since returning teachers in the Burbank Unified School District have undergone training in the proper disaster procedures. Growing concern over recent fires and floods has school officials looking in to creating a refresher course for its teachers. "You lose it if you don't use it," said Marlene Burton, the disaster preparedness coordinator for the school district. "Things definitely start to get fuzzy after a few years."
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By Alison Tully | August 23, 2008
BURBANK — A group of elementary school teachers had fun breaking library rules on Wednesday morning as they banged on drums and hummed kazoos. The 60 teachers gathered in the Joaquin Miller Elementary School library for a workshop on music education. The seminar — part of the Burbank Unified School District’s Arts for All Program — was one of four that took place to immerse kindergarten through fifth-grade teachers. “Music is a great tool because kids don’t get stressed because they see it as something fun,” said Jenny Chung, who teaches kindergarten at Ralph Emerson Elementary School.
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July 7, 2004
Darleene Barrientos In a role reversal, Glenoaks Elementary School teacher Elena Heimerl is spending her summer as an intern at Crescenta Valley High School, where Rosemont Middle School students are taking classes. Heimerl isn't regressing, she is finishing up her master's degree and administrative credentials this year. An administrative internship is one of the program's requirements. "I love teaching," Heimerl said. "But I just wanted to get this under my belt.
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By Max Zimbert | April 17, 2010
CITY HALL — This year, Nicole Perez had to protest. She sat out last year’s demonstrations, even though she said half her teachers were laid off. The John Burroughs sophomore said she’s seen teachers break down and cry in class. She knows kids who can’t get into the classes they need or want, and her school band has seen members quit because they can’t afford fees reaching up to $400, she said. About 85 teachers stand to lose their jobs this year due to reduced state education funding.
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By: Sarah Hill | August 31, 2005
Middle School teachers worked diligently Tuesday to prepare for students' return to school Thursday. Teachers from Jordan, Luther Burbank and John Muir middle schools participated in staff development days on Friday, Monday and Tuesday, designed to help better prepare them for the new school year. "It gets me all the more excited for the school year," said Rod Rothacher, an eighth-grade teacher at John Muir. "It helps us get ready." Teachers at John Muir Middle School learned about "thinking maps" on Monday, which are different graphs and charts that help organize material that students learn into visual and easy-to-remember charts.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | March 7, 2014
A lawsuit alleging Burbank Unified officials failed to properly oversee a teacher - convicted of having sex with a middle school student in 2009 - is scheduled to go to trial later this month. Amy Beck, then an instructor at David Starr Jordan Middle School, turned herself into police in March 2010, admitting she had a sexual relationship with the then 14-year-old student between the spring and fall of the previous year. She later pleaded no contest to one count each of unlawful sexual intercourse and committing a lewd act on a child.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | February 21, 2014
Burbank Unified's top leader received a 7.8% raise Thursday with three school board members supporting her salary hike and two voting against it. Earlier in the meeting, the school board approved a 3% retroactive salary increase for Burbank teachers, which is the first salary increase the district has issued since 2007. The board's unanimous approval ignited applause from the audience. Supt. Jan Britz originally brought a $15,000-raise proposal to the table in January , but pulled the item from the agenda because the district's classified union and teacher's union were still in salary negotiations.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | January 3, 2014
Former Burbank Unified educator, administrator and coach Benjamin Hamilton Lloyd, known as “Ham” to generations of Burbank students and locals, passed away Dec. 30 from congestive heart failure, his family said. He was 89. Lloyd was born on March 10, 1924, in Ohio. Beginning in 1942, Lloyd spent three years fighting in the Army during World War II. He fought in North Africa, Italy, Southern France, and helped liberate prisoners in concentration camps in Belgium, Austria and Germany, his daughter, Sharon Cox said.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | November 15, 2013
Burbank educators and school officials expressed their frustration over the underfunded state education system which they say is partly to blame for high class sizes across the district. Burbank Unified reported a district average of 29.66 students to one teacher last week, a figure that adheres to the district's agreement with the Burbank Teachers Assn., which sets the ratio at 30.5 students to one educator. The district's figure, however, was calculated by considering only the students and teachers in academic classes such as English, math and science.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | November 5, 2013
A Burroughs High School science teacher who became one of seven semifinalists in the running to be named a 2014 California Teacher of the Year did not advance in the state competition, according to a press release issued by State Supt. Tom Torlakson this week. In October, Jill Tobin was selected from among 75,000 eligible educators as one of Los Angeles County's 16 Teachers of the Year.  She then became one of seven semifinalists for the state recognition among educators from Orange, Riverside, Contra Costa and San Bernardino counties.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | October 29, 2013
A hot-air balloon that floated above the grassy field at David Starr Jordan Middle School on Monday carried some special passengers - two teachers and three administrators - much to the amazement of the students dozens of feet below. Because the balloon, named “Lofty Idea,” needed to share the skies with traffic from Bob Hope Airport, it didn't get too far above the field, where ropes tethered it to a trio of pickup trucks. The balloon's appearance followed two balloon-themed science projects that math and science teachers Sarah Reed and Catherine Eskandar conducted earlier this year.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | October 18, 2013
Elementary school students in Burbank will be coached by professional artists in a few months - some may gain experience that could lead to careers, others may simply grow from a nudge to come out of their shells. A $10,000 grant from the Los Angeles County Arts Commission will help fund a program in which artists from the 24th Street Theatre and the Music Center's department of education will work with the students for five weeks beginning in January. The county's grant was matched by $6,000 from Burbank Unified, paving the way for the artists to visit each elementary school in the district.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | October 8, 2013
Out of 75,000 eligible educators, Burroughs High School teacher Jill Tobin stands among 16 chosen as Los Angeles County Teachers of the Year. “It's totally humbling,” she said. “I feel like I don't deserve this any more than anybody else at this school or at this district.” In her ninth year of teaching science at Burroughs, Tobin aspires to help students apply the subject to their own lives. In one infamous lesson, students learned how phytoplankton require nitrogen made available from whale waste in order to fulfill their role as the basis of the ocean's food chain, which is a necessary element to the planet's well-being.
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By Bryan Mahoney | August 27, 2013
Christine Rog's first back-to-school ritual took place in her kitchen, where the construction of a ham sandwich heralded the start of a new year and new challenges ahead. Upon arriving at her new school, Stevenson Elementary, Rog marked another first: The inaugural steps onto a Burbank campus to become a part of the school system. The last time she did this, she was a student - growing up through Roosevelt Elementary, then Luther Burbank Middle School, and eventually graduating from Burroughs High.
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May 10, 2013
I must have a lifelong misunderstanding. I was under the impression that the goal of education was to educate the individual. Obviously, I was wrong. The goal is to raise money (“ Language class could be a boon ,” May 8). I think someone should talk to Glendale teachers about the success of their language immersion program. The teachers have a lot of negative comments about these programs. Judi Glass Burbank 
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