Tag archives: teacher

James Claffey
By Sigrid Toye   |   March 15, 2022

The iconic multilevel campus of the historic Santa Barbara High School was my destination to meet James Claffey, English teacher extraordinaire. An instructor at the Visual Arts and Design Academy (VADA) division of the school he was highly recommended by a most reliable source: one of his students! In an attempt to make a timely […]

‘Tis the Season, Part I
By Nick Masuda   |   November 16, 2021

This community seemingly has a heart of gold, from massive fundraising projects that save farms in Summerland (read Kelly Mahan Herrick’s piece on page 8 this week) to the San Marcos Foothills. This holiday season, a new project is making the goal far more personal — the Santa Barbara Education Foundation wants to shower teachers […]

Senior Portrait: Peter van Duinwyk
By Zach Rosen   |   January 21, 2021

A lot can be learned from a book, but wisdom and insight are often obtained through life experiences. The elders of a community are naturally the most experienced and have their entire lives to reflect back on the lessons they’ve learned along the way. At a time when we are all looking to remain connected […]

Joel Reed, Head of School, Howard School
By Sigrid Toye   |   December 3, 2020

I have been writing this column for years and I wonder how I could have missed a visit to the Howard School, the oldest operating private school in Santa Barbara. Once located on San Ysidro Road in Montecito, the 1934 designed campus, now the Laguna Blanca Lower School, is a community landmark. On a crisp […]

Checking in with Santa Barbara County’s New Educator-in-Chief
By Nick Schou   |   August 13, 2020

On May 26, the Santa Barbara Unified School District Board of Education voted unanimously to hire Hilda Maldonado as Superintendent in charge of the education of the county’s more than 14,000 elementary, junior and high school students. Maldonado’s prior job: Associate Superintendent of Leadership and Partnerships for the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), the […]

In for the Count
By Ashleigh Brilliant   |   December 19, 2019

Many children’s games involve “counting out” rhymes for choosing one or more of the players for some special role. Everybody probably knows some version of the one that begins, “Eeny, meeny, miny, moe.” But there is just one other such rhyme of which I retain a possibly fragmentary memory. And although there are probably many […]

Woman Of the Year, 2004
By Beverlye Fead   |   January 24, 2019

Susan Miles Gulbransen is a real Santa Barbara girl. She went to Santa Barbara High School and graduated from Laguna Blanca. After graduation, she attended Mills College as a History major, English minor, and went to UC Berkeley to get her secondary teaching credential. Already, I’m impressed! There is, however, a lot more learning she […]

Adjunct Professor Joins Foundation
By Scott Craig   |   October 25, 2018

Jason Eldred, adjunct professor of history at Westmont and vice president of the family management company operating the Storage Place, has joined the Westmont Foundation Board of Directors, which helps build connections between Westmont and the greater Santa Barbara community. “Having the opportunity to serve the Christian community locally and globally through the college’s outreach […]

The Mentor of Mt. Carmel
By Sigrid Toye   |   October 18, 2018

Fall is in the air! Summer’s over and “Back to School” shopping days are gone. Books and school supplies have made their way into the classroom, and the 2018-19 school year is well underway. I’m ready to begin the new school year too, visiting some of the talented teachers and administrators in Montecito and Santa […]

Saved by the Bell
By Richard Mineards   |   June 7, 2018

After 29 years as a teacher, including 15 years as director of vocal music at San Marcos High School, Carolyn Teraoka-Brady is retiring. Carolyn, whose innumerable directorships include the Madrigal Singers, A Cappella Choir, Advanced Women’s Ensemble, Men’s Ensemble, and the Girls Choir, was named Santa Barbara County Teacher of the Year in 1999. Robert […]