Calabar High school’s dominance in the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletic Championships was given a big boost with the opening and dedication of the first all-weather synthetic track for a secondary institution in the Caribbean.At the ceremony held at the Red Hills Road-based school yesterday, Vincent Lawrence, chairman of the Complex Implementation team announced that a total of $55 million was spent to make the dream a reality.”We are gathered here today (yesterday) to mark this special event where Arthur Wint, Dennis Johnson, Herbert McKenley and others were nurtured (and this) is a dream come true,” Lawrence, who is also a Calabar old boy said.”The dream started in the 1990s and now it is a reality. In 2013 after talks, the old boys had the ground surveyed. The government through the Sports Development Foundation had granted $10 million for several schools towards a sports project,” he shared.”The minister of sports, Natalie Neita-Headley, indicated that the funding from the government would not be enough and the school through its old boys and management team came up with majority of the funds,” he also added.WILL DOMINATE CHAMPSThe project was done by BSW based in Germany with local firm Pavecon Limited as the contractor for the six-lane track.Former Prime Minister P.J. Patterson said that his alma mater will continue to dominate Champs with this historic track.”The track is very welcome and will push our boys more. I hope other schools will follow in order for Jamaica to benefit,” Patterson said.”When you have a facility like this it has to be maintained properly. We are good at building things and not at maintaining,” he added.Patterson also disclosed that GraceKennedy made a contribution of $5 million towards a spectator stand in memory of former athletic administrator Adrian Wallace.The complex will be named after outstanding Jamaican Olympians Herb McKenley and Arthur Wint, who both attended the institution.Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller offered her blessing in officially opening the complex.The inaugural McKenley/Wint track meet will get underway at the facility today, starting at 8:30 a.m.
“I don’t remember there being a direct connection between Teachers of the Year like that in say, the past 10 years,” said Rick de la Torre, spokesman for the Los Angeles County Office of Education. “But in education in general, that happens a lot. The legacy of teachers happens a lot in families.” The cousins do have relatives who are teachers, but Corrales said it was the teachers in the women’s lives that inspired them to become educators themselves. For Corrales — who said she always had a book, pencil and notebook in hand as a child –the love of reading and excellent teachers made her a good student in school. As such, she was often called upon to help tutor younger students who were struggling in their academics. “Becoming a teacher was destiny for me,” said Corrales, a 19-year teaching veteran. “At first, I thought about working in social services, but then I would have adopted every child I met. “I thought it would be easier to go into teaching and make an impact that way.” The teaching bug bit Rosen when she began working with her aunt in a Head Start program, where she found the children “fascinating.” She was also able to see firsthand the need for bilingual educators. “I saw that (Spanish-speaking students) needed to have teachers they could communicate with. So that’s what I did, and it’s been very rewarding,” said Rosen, who’s been teaching for 31 years. “A lot of my kids have gone on to college and become teachers and have wonderful careers. It’s been a rewarding experience all the way around.” Although Rosen and Corrales weren’t close before they ran into each other at the county meeting, they’ve kept in touch ever since — and they talk about the challenges of teaching their particular grades. “I wanted to know what they do in her district and she wants to know about mine,” Corrales said. “We’re different kinds of teachers, in lots of different ways. But I think it’s a great thing to feed off what other teachers know.” — Tracy Garcia can be reached at (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.orgWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER — Josephine Rosen and Cristina Corrales were both running late for a meeting at the county Office of Education, a required gathering for those selected as 2005 Teachers of the Year at their school districts. Rosen was just a couple of minutes ahead of Corrales, who got to the meeting about five minutes late and quickly grabbed the first seat near the back that she could find. Corrales leaned toward the woman next to her to ask if she’d missed any handouts, and Rosen was just about to hand her neighbor a clipboard being passed around when the tardy pair finally made eye contact. They were both shocked at first — but then they laughed and hugged and congratulated each other on earning top teaching honors in their districts. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week After all, that’s what cousins do. “I told her, ‘What are you doing here?’ ” said Rosen, 53, a second-grade teacher at Laurel Elementary in the East Whittier City School District. Neither Rosen nor Corrales, 57, a fourth-grade teacher at Lake Marie Elementary in the South Whittier School District, had any clue that the other had also been named Teacher of the Year in her district, until they met at that meeting held a few months ago. “Out of all those people there — there must have been about 50 other people at that meeting — that’s where I sat. Right next to her,” Corrales said. County officials who organize the Teacher of the Year competition say it’s not unusual to find family traditions in education, but Rosen and Corrales’ situation is unique.