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Longtime Marina teacher dies

Marina Village Middle School teacher Janet Mattey, seen here at San Pedro harbor last summer, died last week. Courtesy photo

Marina Village Middle School teacher Janet Mattey, 68, collapsed and died in the staff room during her lunch break Thursday. Staff tried to resuscitate her until emergency personnel arrived. Described by students and colleagues “as funny and caring,” the beloved math and Spanish teacher taught at the school for 24 years. She lived in El […]

1 Comment / May 23, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Rescue teachers say pay not equitable

A sign in the back of a Marina Village Middle School teacher's truck protests the district's pay raise offer. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

As thousands of teachers’ unions nationwide negotiate contracts with school districts this time of year, the Rescue Union Federation of Teachers says its district needs to give an equitable raise to all and not just a few. The teachers have asked for a 7 percent raise. The Rescue Union School District is offering them 2 percent […]

2 Comments / April 06, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Teacher contract negotiations stall

Several of the approximately 50 teachers in the Buckeye Teachers Association who protested ahead of last week's board study session express their frustrations about the current contract negotiations via signs. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

Approximately 50 teachers in the Buckeye Teachers Association held signs drawing attention to their stalled contract negotiations with the Buckeye Union School District at a rally at the district office last Wednesday. Teachers in the Rescue Union School District say they are most likely headed in the same direction. “For the current school year, Buckeye […]

2 Comments / March 23, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Silva teacher wins mini-grant

Silva Valley Elementary School second-grade teacher Patty Pope, left, smiles after receiving a grant presented by Kathy McMurry from the California Retired Teachers Association, El Dorado County division. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

It wasn’t just a regular Silva Valley staff meeting after all. Instead members of the El Dorado County division of the California Retired Teachers Association were at the school earlier this month to surprise teacher Patty Pope with a $400 check to buy non-fiction books for her second-grade classroom. Pope has been teaching at Silva […]

Comments Off / February 15, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Great teacher gets great award

Teacher Tommie Greene reads to her young students. The KinderCare preschool teacher received a $10,000 check as the winner of the Knowledge Universe Early Childhood Educator Award. Photo by Steve Jennings/Getty Images for Knowledge Universe

Francisco Drive KinderCare preschool teacher Tommie Greene got a shock recently when she was honored with a $10,000 Early Childhood Educator Award. Nominated without her knowledge, Greene, 46, was presented the check in front of students, parents and colleagues at a special ceremony earlier this fall. Greene’s colleagues said she is well-known for helping kids […]

Comments Off / November 30, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Artist ‘learned from the best teacher’

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Watercolor artist and president of the El Dorado Hills Arts Association Bonnie Williams is largely self-taught, attending a few workshops over the years that constitute her only instruction. Unless, of course, one counts Mother Nature. “Nature is the best teacher of all,” said Williams, standing in her small studio inside the home she and husband […]

Comments Off / September 10, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Top teachers

Village Life photo by Noel Stack

Congratulations to Lake Forest Elementary School teacher Lynn Howard, Brooks Elementary School teacher Judy McClurg and Oak Ridge High School teacher Suzanne Everett for receiving Teacher of the Year awards at the May 20 Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills meeting. All three were commended for their commitment to students, willingness to mentor other teachers […]

Comments Off / May 21, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos | Read More »



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