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The Village

It’s Tuesday, we’re cruising to meet Ryan Pedrotti at the Russian River Aquifer and I’m wondering how to thank the village. People like Bill Hammett, who never says no whenever I ask to borrow his Boy Scout bus for student fieldtrips (the one we’re currently riding in).

If I have more than 10 students, I ask to borrow the Sonoma Valley Teen Services bus. More than that and I call Sam Honey of Honey tours. No money is ever exchanged – just put some gas in it is all they ever ask.

The unsung heroes in education are everywhere; the laptop I’m writing this story on is from a prioritization of technology in the district, and from the contributions of Les and Judy Vadasz and many others. The fact that we are going on a fieldtrip as the conclusive project of a four-week block on fracking is because I teach in a district that appreciates project-based learning and supports teacher innovation (thanks Robert Curtis, head of curriculum, thanks Louann Carlomagno, superintendent).

The fact that we have so many options for student success is directly related to a progressive school board that actually communicates and supports teachers and parents, but also keeps the needs of students at the forefront of decisions.

I wave to Robert Wilson, at Sonoma Old School Skate Shop, who along with Karen Stern and Kristine Marcus are developing an after-school student enrichment program (dance, drama, music, video and art) for teens, called SMAART. Robert takes care of our local skate park and gives discounts for good grades while maintaining a local business and always being there for teens.


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