Educator Spotlight

first_imgHomeNewsEducationEducator Spotlight May. 27, 2017 at 6:50 amEducationNewsEducator SpotlightGuest Author4 years agocindy smithCindy Smith – Malibu High Schooldaily presseducation spotlightNewsSanta Monicasanta monica daily presssanta monica educationCindy Smith – Educator Spotlight The Educator Spotlight recognizes those who contribute to the education of local students. Educators were chosen by consulting with site PTA, student government organizations and staff. Educators were chosen for their reputations with students, staff, parents and the community.Cindy Smith – Malibu High SchoolCindy Smith has a passion for both math and dance and brings real life into the classroom through her experiences with both. She has a BA in Business Management with minors in Mathematics and Dance, and an MA in Computer Applications for Educators. She has owned her own dance studio and athletic store, and was also a professional dancer (Disneyland and an NBA Clipper Spirit dance team member). She continues to use her dance skills by judging and directing school based dance competitions all over the western US.With two children of her own, one a college graduate and one currently enrolled in college, Smith has been teaching for 30 years. She is currently teaching Alg. II, Statistics and AP Statistics at Malibu. She began teaching and coaching right out of high school and has taught middle school, high school, and business, education and dance courses at the university level.But Smith teaches more than just content …Smith SpeaksI teach character, integrity, responsibility and hard work through the teaching of math.  I teach the students that if they have that first, the skills will come. I want them to know that if they live, love, and learn without fear, the possibilities are endless; even if there are times of failure, they will find success. Don’t settle. Use hard work, dedication and discipline and become all you can be.My students inspire me to be the best teacher I can be: to not stop my own learning and at times changing what I do or how I do it to be better for them.  One of my favorite quotes is by Suzanne Salapa, “If we teach students how to learn, what to learn becomes inconsequential.” It’s all about learning. I want my students to just learn.Many of my former students have become teachers and coaches themselves. I think of my high school dance team coach who inspired me so much. It is great to know what she has taught me has now passed down to all my students. Those who have become teachers and coaches are passing that down as well. To have those I’ve taught now teach is an amazing feeling. I can’t imagine doing anything else. I am passionate about teaching students that they can do math.  I am passionate about teaching them to find what success means to them and then about doing everything I can to help them find that success. Mostly, I am passionate about the students themselves. To provide a safe, fun and loving learning environment where students have the freedom to explore learning, yet always know the responsibility falls upon them to take what is taught, use it and succeed. To make sure that each and every one of my students know that simply because they walk into my room, they matter!Tags :cindy smithCindy Smith – Malibu High Schooldaily presseducation spotlightNewsSanta Monicasanta monica daily presssanta monica educationshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentCommunity BriefsTELEVISION SERIES REVIEWYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall11 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press22 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press22 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson22 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter22 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor22 hours agolast_img read more

He’s Baaaack! Mario Deslauriers Riding for Canada Again

first_img Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Bromont’s favourite son, “Super Mario” Deslauriers, will again be riding for Canada, starting immediately.The 52-year-old, who was born in Venise, Quebec, switched allegiance to the United States in 2010 after becoming a U.S. citizen in September of 2009, a move that was driven primarily by a desire to help advance his career by going where the owners with the deep pockets resided, and possibly because he was overlooked for the 2008 Beijing Olympics squad. He rode Jane Clark’s top show jumpers for several years before they went their separate ways after the 2012 Olympic trials.When asked why he is making the switch back now, he replied, “For a few years I really didn’t have any horses that were worth doing it and also I needed to wait two years, so there was no hurry.”At 19, Mario became the youngest rider ever to win the World Cup show jumping final, stunning fans in Goteborg, Sweden in 1984 aboard Aramis. He represented Canada at two Olympics ‒ Los Angeles in 1984 and Seoul in 1988 ‒ narrowly missing out on a bronze medal with Aramis in a three-horse jump-off in the former. He twice earned the title of Canadian Show Jumping Champion, in 1992 (Alemao) and 1997 (Amistad). He has won the Canadian World Cup League four times (1988, 1994, 1998 and 2000) and represented Canada on over 20 Nations’ Cup teams.Mario competed in grand prix across North America, returning every year to Bromont, home of his father, Roger, for the Bromont International, winning both the World Cup class and the Grand Prix there in 2009. More recently, he won Pepsi Challenge at the 2015 Spruce Meadows North American riding Scout de la Cense and the Omega Alpha Cup at the Spruce Meadows National in 2016 with Cherrypop.Mario, a father of three, is married to rider Lisa Tarnopol Deslauriers, a NY real estate broker who is also the chair of the Hampton Classic board of directors. Their 18-year-old daughter Lucy is already earning accolades on the international circuit. His home and training centre is on 30 acres in the Hamptons community in Water Mill, NY. “My wife Lisa and I just finished building our barn ‒ it’s our second summer out here.”Regarding the rules about switching back, an FEI spokesperson explained, “The FEI rules do not prevent athletes from changing their sport nationality more than once or switching back to their previous sport nationality, as long as they comply with the applicable requirements of the FEI General Regulations.” This in part becomes a matter of playing the waiting game. “There was no problem with me being Canadian ‒ I have always had my passport ‒ the problem was that the FEI needed me to wait two years without showing in a Nations Cup or a World Cup,” said Mario, a dual citizen. “A couple of years ago I helped my dad [at Bromont] because he didn’t have so many horses [in the World Cup] so I kind of messed up my two years. That’s why I didn’t show in the World Cup this year ‒ my date was right after the show.”His first outing sporting the maple leaf again will be at the Spruce Meadows Masters, Sept. 6-10 in Calgary, AB, where he is scheduled to ride on the Nations Cup team. “I will ride a horse called Westbrook, a grey horse I was fourth on at the Queen Elizabeth II Cup [this July]. I’m only going to take that one because my other one, Bardolina 2, is only eight years old ‒ a bit young to bring all the way out to Calgary and expect too much out of her. She needs one more year to get ready.”Another of his current string includes the good mare Cherrypop. “She got hurt in Florida and hasn’t shown since then. I hope to have her back soon.” All three horses are owned by client and owner Roz Shaffer of Wishing Well Farm LLC.In the Canadian equestrian world one could almost liken this development to LeBron James returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers. “It’s not that big,” Mario said, laughing. “For me anyway, it’s good to be back in Canada and have the chance to ride on the team. I am excited to be back and excited to be showing at the Masters. 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