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Retirees honored by school district

POSTED August 25, 2009 10:11 p.m.
Sandi Sing walked across the stage of the Turlock High School Performing Arts Building amid applause, handshakes, and hugs from the Turlock Unified School District Board of Trustees.
Sing was one of five retirees recognized for their years of service to the Turlock Unified School District. The other four teachers were not in attendance at the meeting, but were formally recognized and thanked at the Aug. 18 Board of Trustees meeting.
Sing took a few minutes to thank the District for all of the opportunities that it gave her, and to reflect on her 36 years of teaching. Sing said that she was a student in the District many years ago, and she came to Turlock speaking little to no English.
“I am proof that even an EL (English learner) student can succeed in Turlock,” Sing said.
Throughout her years of teaching, Sing encountered several schools in the Bay Area who wanted to recruit her because she spoke Chinese. Sing said that she felt that she belonged in Turlock, and this is where she stayed throughout her teaching career.
The following are the retirees’ biographies submitted to the Board of Trustees:

Sandi Sing — 36 years, Walnut Elementary Education Center
Sandi has taught at Osborn, Julien, Dutcher and Walnut Schools. She has always been an innovator and an instructional leader. She was a founding member of the Dutcher Math and Science Magnet and a founding member of Walnut’s Renaissance Visual and Performing Arts Magnet. She has played a prominent role in Multicultural education (Global Ed), arts education (District Art Shows) and has been an arts advocate for children and adults in schools and the greater community. She actively fosters positive, sincere relationships with everyone. Sandi unfailingly visualizes possibilities and makes things happen for kids and thinks not of obstacles.

Claudia Silva-Doo — 28 years, THS, Crowell, Crane/Preschool
Claudia began her teaching career in the Turlock Unified School District in 1980 as a preschool teacher at Crane School. Claudia continued at the elementary level for the next 16 years before making the jump to Turlock High School in 1996 as an art teacher.

Del Park — 23 years, Turlock Junior High
Del provided the junior high students of Turlock with instruction for 23 years.

Cyndi Madden — 34 years, Turlock Junior High
Cyndi taught reading and writing to the junior high students of Turlock for 34 years, demonstrating passion and dedication.

Glynn Frost — 21 years, Crane
Glynn started at Turlock Schools in 1988 as a custodian at Turlock High School. In 1989, he was hired as the custodian at Crane Elementary School, where he has remained ever since.

To contact Andrea Goodwin, e-mail agoodwin@turlockjournal.com or call 634-9141 ext. 2003.
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