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Lisa Coussell the Northshore coast in Haleiwa. It was an experience ! will never forget.'My plan is to go on other shark tours including cage diving with South African Great Whites and the Great Whites near Guada- lupe Island. I am an adventurous person so expect to see me around Catalina exploring." Lynda Muenzer, the new High School technology teacher, said, "I commute daily from Long Beach, where I have livedmost of my life. I am a product of LBUSD schOols, except for two years when I lived in the state of Washington dur- ing eighth- and ninth-grade. I graduated from CSULB with a B.A. degree and elementary and secondary teaching credentials in multiple subjects, P.E., Health and Technology. "I am married to a P.E. teacher who teaches at Wilson High. We love to do any type of sports to- gether especially cycling, hiking (we did Mt. Whitney in one day last year.) and even skydiving, al- though my husband said he will never do that again. I also teach Luz Ochoa four fitness classes a week at the Belmont Athletic Club in Belmont Shore." I have been there for 31 years. We have three adult chil- dren; the youngest will graduate from college this December-Yeah. "I already love being at Avalon as it is a different experience and everyone has been so nice. I hope to use one of the computer classes as a partial Broadcasting class so that we can possibly connect with the local cable station and broad- cast to all the classrooms what's going on each week at school. Community wise I would like to research a better way to recycle on the island. I would like to help a student make it a project that might help them eventually get a college scholarship. Life is good." Kim Kittleson, fifth-grade, said, "I am a single mother of three boys, Jesse 19----college sopho- more; Joshua 16--high school senior with four AP courses and Jacob 13--possible future Lancer first baseman. I am very proud of them and all that they have ac- complished. I attended the Univer- Lynda Muenzer sity of North Dakota to work on my BS in Elementary Education, then Cal State Fullerton to get my California teaching credential, and Cal State Long Beach to earn a master's in education, emphasis on reading. I have continued as a life-long learner a I went to three trainings on how to teach at a in- ternational bacclaureate school, emphasizing inquiry, as well as becoming at a teacher trainer in Thinking Maps, Path to Proficien- cy and Write from the Beginning. This is my 20th year teaching for the Long Beach District, unfortu- nately, I was gone for 2-and-a-half years in the middle, returning in 2002, so I was laid off this sum- mer. I have taught'kindergarten, first-grade, fourth-grade and sixth- grade, as well as reading specialist for 4/5. I also taught intercessions as interentions for seventh- and eighth-g(aders. "My goal for this year is to help the children see themselves as empowered in their own learning, taking responsibility without be- ing asked or reminded. Because I have a passion for Thinking Maps, Reading and Writing, my goal is also help the fourth- and fifth- graders learn to love reading and writing and improve each with the use of Thinking Maps. On a personal note, Kim added, "I have rented a room here on the Island so that I can stay Sunday night through Friday afternoons and I look forward to being in- volved in some of the activities during the week. There will be a few weekends that I also stay here and have my kidsl come to visit. I have already enjoyed walking through the town being greeted by my students along the way. "When I am on the mainland, I work hard on getting everything organized for my older two boys to stay home. They are both very studious, but are having a lot of fun being 'college roommates.' Mom comes home, buys the groceries for the week, fills the car full of gas and leaves again ... who could ask for more? My youngest enjoys my par- ents doting over him all week. He also is on the Long Beach Fury Elite Thelma Spencer travel bail team and has baseball tournaments three to four weekends a month. I have done the scorebook for hiS teams for years, which my favorite way to spend my time. I hate leaving them on Sunday nights because we traditionally spend our dinner times together and laugh constantly. I am very close to them and they tell me everything. Well ... almost everything." Christopher Blehm is a high school English teacher and a regular columnist for the Islander. His new novel, "Mercy of the Elements," is available at Sugarloaf Books, Scuba LuG Steamer Trunk, and on Amazon and Kindle. '"[HE WRITE STUFF" Are "you a writer, or would like to be one for the Catalina Islander. The paper is seeking to expand its editorial horizons. New reporters and guest columnists are welcome. For more information, contact the Islander publisher at or call (3111) 510-0500. lina Islander columnist Jim on's film,'"Wings Across 3hannel: Catalina's Aviation !ry, 1946 To Present," and the )roadcast and accompany, ffers will encore on KCET W : this weekend: 4 to 6 p.m. on rday, Sept. 17, and 12to 2 on Sunday, Sept. 18. )HNNY QUARNSTROM of another local Catalina couple to be included in pecial places, special occasions or just at home. CATALINA COUNTRY CLUB JOIN US FOR "NINE & DINE" Enjoy 9 holes of golf at the Catalina Golf Course from 2-4PM followed by a 3-course meal at the Country Club Pub from 4-6PM. Offer valid Sundays and Mondays. $50 PER PERSON* i:xc!udes tax & gratuiW iHEcATAMNA ISLANDER ............................................................... Ffiday,septernber 16, 2oi1:. 7