46 Years of Laughter

first_imgShe started at Begg School and continued teaching when the district consolidated its two middle schools in the 1980s, renaming Begg as Manhattan Beach Intermediate School. Schreiner moved to Manhattan Beach Middle when it opened in 1998. Over the years, her four friends have left to raise families or retire. She’s taught a range of subjects such as history, mathematics, cooking, sewing, science and drafting. This year, she’ll teach five medieval history classes and a leadership class in the afternoon. At 66, the still-idealistic Schreiner approaches her job with a freshness of a person several decades younger. Her secret is simple: She loves her job. “I have spent my life being happy,” she said. “I wake up every morning and I’m happy.” Her enthusiasm and broad approach to learning impresses colleagues. “She does more than just teach to curriculum,” Principal John Jackson said. “She teaches the kids to be well-rounded.” On Wednesday, Schreiner ended a morning class by showing her students an editorial cartoon clipped from the morning newspaper. The cartoon’s satirical reference to Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” drew a few chuckles. “Laughter is good for us,” she said. “I’ll try to make you laugh every day.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! After telling Schreiner she preferred to be called Lexi, former Mayor Joyce Fahey’s daughter gave her teacher a scoop. “She just wanted a break, but she might run in two years,” Lexi said. As classes resumed at Manhattan Beach Middle School on Wednesday, Schreiner stood as the longest-tenured teacher (and employee) in the district. At a Tuesday ceremony, Superintendent Bev Rohrer presented Schreiner with a black 45-year pin and orchid lei. Schreiner took a job with the district in 1962, as an idealistic 21-year-old. Four friends also took teaching jobs. The five women lived in an apartment near the beach. Ro Schreiner’s seventh-grade roll call went beyond a simple reciting of names. On the first day of her 46th year as a Manhattan Beach public school teacher, Schreiner bantered with her students Wednesday as she called out their names, fine-tuning pronunciations along the way. After one student didn’t answer, Schreiner deadpanned “no estas en casa.” Recognizing a familiar last name, she called out Alexis Fahey: “Can I embarrass you? Your mom was mayor. Why didn’t she run for the school board?” last_img read more

Senior drive starts today

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Here is a breakdown of what campaign donations can purchase: $5 will provide a senior’s transportation to and from the center for five days; $10 will buy a senior’s lunch at the center for a week; $15 provides one senior’s home-delivered meals for a week; $20 provides one day in day care, including lunch for one senior; $50 will cover the purchase and installation of a shower grab bar in the home of a frail elder; and $100 provides one day of emergency personal care service. The center has one of the largest service-delivery areas, covering more than 400 square miles, and a fleet of 20 vehicles. High gas prices have stretched the budget. Donations can be mailed or dropped off at the center, 22900 Market St., Newhall, CA 91321. Checks should be made payable to SCVSC Annual Campaign. Call Maria Linares at (661) 259-9444 for further details or to offer help. NEWHALL – The Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center’s annual campaign, 10 Bucks to a Better Future, kicks off today and will continue through February. Organizers are asking every resident of the area to contribute $10 toward the general operating expenses of the center, which provides services to more than 35,000 people in Santa Clarita, Stevenson Ranch, Castaic and Agua Dulce. Adults over 40 have been the majority in America since 1989, and as these baby boomers age, the senior center wants to be prepared to meet their needs. Senior Center participation grew 14 percent in 2004, with more seniors needing services. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Tom Brady Hurts Leg in Team Scrimmage Against Buccaneers

Quarterback Tom Brady has injured his left knee in 11-on-11 drills in a joint practice with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.According to sources, defensive lineman Adrian Clayborn pushed Patriots offensive lineman Nate Solder into Brady’s leg, just after he threw an incomplete pass. Brady immediately fell to the ground and clutched his leg.On the Boston sports radio station 98.5 The Sports Hub, Patriots president Jonathan Kraft said in an interview that Brady’s status “hopefully did not appear to be that bad.”“I understand from people who were standing out here it may have looked serious,” Kraft said. “I don’t have a definitive answer. And in classic Bill Belichick fashion I will tell you a little bit more though and just say I don’t believe it’s serious, but I do not know.”Clayborn told the media outlets after practice that he was bull-rushing Solder on the play and the Patriots player fell back into Brady.“You always have to stay away from the quarterback but if you have a guy on his heels, my instinct is to keep going,” Clayborn said after the practice session.Brady limped to the sideline and missed one play before rejoining and finishing the drill. read more

Fresh sexual harassment suit against USAs iGATE

first_imgUS-based outsourcing firm iGATE has been slapped with yet another sexual harassment suit by an ex-employee, claiming that she was sexually abused by the firm’s Legal Head and her supervisor.Karetha Dodd, a US national, has sued iGATE and her supervisor Mukund Srinath on charges of sexual harassment at the US District Court for the Northern District of California in September last year. Dodd has also alleged that she was targeted at iGATE after she testified against its then CEO Phaneesh Murthy who was accused of sexually harassing Investor Relations Head Araceli Roiz. In her complaint, Dodd has alleged that “she was subjected to harassing behaviour by her superior (Srinath) and when Plaintiff (Dodd) refused to have a sexual relationship with him, he retaliated by taking negative employment actions against her.” According to her LinkedIn profile, Dodd worked at iGATE as Vice President and Head of Legal (Americas) and resigned in August 2013.last_img read more