Rotary District 5340: San Diego, California

Speaker: Margaret Johnson from the Sanford Harmony program

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February 17, 2016 5:30 pm - February 17, 2016 7:00 pm
Crowne Plaza
Address: Crowne Plaza San Diego - Mission Valley, Hotel Circle North, San Diego, CA, United States
This month's speaker is Margaret Johnson from the Sanford Harmony program. Note that we have now returned to our old home at the Crowne Plaza Hotel! We will have fellowship in the Islands Lounge at 5:30pm and move into dinner and club business at 6pm.

About the Program:

Sanford Harmony empowers PreK-6 grade teachers to foster better relationships among students by using pedagogical tools to integrate simple and fun exercises into the classroom.

About the Speaker:

Margaret Johnson is the Lead Ambassador for Training and Implementation for the Sanford Education Center at National University. She began her career as an Elementary Teacher, Reading Specialist, and Early Childhood Coordinator. She attended the California Writing Project and has led extensive reading and writing workshops and conference presentations throughout the country. Margaret has also served as an Educational Consultant for IBM. She was a mentor teacher and K-12 Curriculum and Staff Development Specialist for the Hacienda La Puente School District. As the Director of Curriculum and Staff Development for the Little Lake City School District, she organized district training and led strategic planning efforts. Margaret joined the San Diego Unified School District as the Principal of Ocean Beach Elementary. During that time her school was recognized twice as a CA Distinguished School, designated as a CA Exemplary Arts School by the California Department of Education, received multiple awards as a Title 1 Academic Achievement School, and was nominated as a National Blue Ribbon School. She has received numerous awards and was twice honored as a teacher of the year, mentor teacher, and received the California Reading Association Celebrate Literacy Award and Los Angeles Country curriculum and staff development awards. Margaret embodies the values of harmony, inclusion, and compassion in all that she does for children, teachers, families, and the community. She is passionate about building nurturing learning communities where economically diverse, ethnically rich, and ideologically different children learn and support one another in a harmonious environment. Margaret has a Bachelor of Science and teaching credential from UCLA. She completed her work for a masters in Early Childhood at Long Beach State University and received her Masters in Administration at Azusa Pacific University. Margaret also serves Adjunct Professor in Educational Administration teaching curriculum leadership for National University.

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    We will be meeting at Marge's House to assemble back to school care packages for the Monarch School. Dinner and drinks will be provided. Come enjoy a casual evening in support of local children in need.

    Please email for address.

    About the Monarch School

    Monarch has served San Diego for nearly three decades, beginning as a one-room education center and expanding into a K-12 comprehensive school designed to educate homeless youth.

    There are more than 1.2 million homeless students across the country and 22,000 in San Diego County alone. Research shows homelessness contributes to a wide range of challenges including physical and psychological problems, safety fears and academic struggles. It’s estimated that 75% of homeless students do not receive a high school diploma. The barriers these students face, hinder their ability to become contributing, successful members of their families and society and place them at a high risk of becoming tomorrow’s homeless adults.

    At Monarch, we give students the skills and tools they need to overcome these odds.

    Sandra McBrayer founded the school in 1987 recognizing the need to get homeless youth off the streets and in school. She was later named Teacher of the Year by President Bill Clinton for her work. In 1999, the Monarch School Project a 501 (c)(3) was established by San Diego Rotary to help relocate the school to a new facility. Today, the partnership between the school and the non-profit continues to make Monarch a recognized leader in the education of homeless youth.