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Education news - Jan. 15

February 15, 2012
Cape Coral Daily Breeze


names middle school director

Canterbury Head of School Tony Paulus announced that, following an extensive national/international search, Ken Hansberry has been appointed as the school's new Middle School director. Hansberry received his B.A. from Dartmouth College and his M.A. from Stanford University, where he attended the Stanford Teacher Education Program. He will begin his new position on July 1.

Hansberry has taught and coached (soccer, basketball, and tennis) and has served as an administrator both in the United States and abroad. Immediately after graduating from Stanford, he taught at Wooster School in Danbury, Connecticut, where he was a college counselor and history department chair.

Hansberry has extensive experience at four international schools including Zurich International School, Switzerland; Graded School, Sao Paulo, Brazil; and Taipei American School, Taiwan.

During the summers of 2007-2010, Hansberry was the curriculum director, assistant head, and interim head of the Exploration Senior Program at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, where he managed a six-week residential school with 675 students and 110 faculty and staff.

Currently teaching and serving as an administrator at International School of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Hansberry has taught history and social studies in grades 6-12 including Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) courses.

Hansberry is married to Becky Hansberry, an AP and IB Biology and Chemistry teacher. They have two children, ages 7 and 5.

Canterbury School Board welcomes Joe Catti

Dr. Brian Hummel, co-chair of the Canterbury School Board of Trustees, has announced the addition of Joe Catti, director, president and CEO of FineMark National Holdings, Inc., and FineMark National Bank & Trust.

Catti brings 27 years of financial experience and expertise to the Canterbury School Board. He is a driving force in Southwest Florida for his efforts in charitable giving, community and professional development.

"Mr. Catti's enthusiasm and expertise will enhance and continue to energize our entire school community," said Hummel in a prepared statement.

Catti is a native Floridian and a graduate of Florida International University. He serves on some of the area's largest boards including Lee Memorial Health Systems, Florida Gulf Coast University and the United Way of Lee, Hendry and Glades County.

Southwest Florida's Alpha Delta Chapter News

On Saturday, Jan. 14, MU State President, Carrie Frye, of Delta Kappa Gamma International Society for Key Women Educators, visited the Alpha Delta Chapter of Southwest Florida, to attend their meeting and to acknowledge the chapter president, Ann Tikka, for her distinction of Middle School Technology Teacher of the Year for Lee County Schools for the2010-2011 school year.

In addition to a brief talk by Carrie, the Alpha Delta Chapter celebrated the arts with their guest speaker, Ava Roeder, who discussed "Keeping Pace with the Arts." All chapter meetings incorporate a charitable cause, introductions of attendees, review of old business, new business, guest speaker, and luncheon buffet in the Broadway Palm Art Terrace Cafe Room at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theater in Fort Myers.

This has been a tremendous year for the Alpha Delta Chapter as each meetinggreets record attendance numbers. The guest roster has generated terrific speakers for each meeting. Guest speakers this season include Dr. Joseph Burke, Superintendent, Lee County School District; Dr. Phillip G. Buchanan, Master Naturalist actively involved in preserving Florida's wetlands andPine Island in particular; Gail Kilyk, retired teacher and world traveler; Sheila Knocke, Delta Kappa Gamma District VI Director; Dr. Jane Kuckel, Lee County School Board Member; and Dr. Leroy Hommerding, President of the Fort Myers Beach Library.

Charitable causes for the season include collecting canned goods (116 pounds) for the Cape Coral Caring Center, "White Elephant" sale for theInitiation Fund, "Holiday Extravaganza" for Scholarships for Higher Education, cookbook sales for the Emergency Fund, gathering personal hygiene items for the Abuse Shelter, and book drive for Tice Elementary School.

Officers for the chapter include Ann Tikka-President, Mary Aylesworth-Vice President, Elizabeth Culleton-Recording Secretary, Olivia Schuster-Corresponding Secretary, Cathy Vache-Treasurer, and Jackie DeMilia-Reporter. Alpha Delta wishes to commend this group for taking on a second round as officers!



sponsorships sought

One way to show the community that you are proud to be a Cape Coral resident is to be part of the 30th Year "30 for 30" Celebration of the Mayor's Scholarship Fund. Step up and support the future of our city by serving as a Scholarship Sponsor.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Cape Coral Mayor's Scholarship Fund.

In September of 1982, a non-partisan, non-political, non-profit organization was formed to raise funds to provide scholarships for deserving Cape Coral students.

In honor of this auspicious 30 year milestone, the Scholarship Fund has set the 2012 goal to provide funding for 30 $1500 scholarships.

The Scholarship Fund provides for various levels of Sponsorship Opportunities which range from a $5,000 Title Sponsorship to a $1,500 Silver Scholarship. And, every contribution toward meeting the 2012 goal, and all sponsorship levels provide individual valuable benefits. The 2012 Scholarships are given to students pursuing higher education from an accredited vocational institute, accredited trade school, or a two-year or four-year college or university.


The Exhibition

Treasure! The Exhibition will be featured through May 20 at the Imaginarium.

Treasure-buried treasure, sunken treasure, attic treasure-has an allure that has spawned many a treasure hunt for centuries.

Explore the history of treasures and treasure hunting, the technology and tools used, as well as the people and personalities that hunt for treasure-including you!

Discover artifacts of ancient shipwrecks and take the controls of a remote-operated vehicle used to uncover underwater treasures. Relive the Gold Rush and try panning for gold, then experiment with metal detectors or embark on a geocache using GPS navigation for a modern-day treasure hunting experience.

Find Treasure! at the Imaginarium! Call 239-321-7420 or visit:

Mentors needed

The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools is in need of mentors to match with high school students who have been awarded the Take Stock in Children Scholar-hip.

The mentor commits to meet with the child during school hours two to four times a month. No tutoring is involved and basic training is provided.

To help out call the Friendship Volunteer Center at 275-4427.

Library ebooks

now available for

Kindle at the LCLS

The Lee County Library System has announced that its eBook collection is now compatible with the world's bestselling eBook reader, the Amazon Kindle. Patrons can now download popular and classic eBooks to a Kindle device or any mobile device running the free Kindle app, such as iPhone, iPad, Android and more.

To get started, visit the Download Depot at the Lee County Library System's ebranch at

The LCLS Download Depot also offers eBooks and audio books for use on a PC or Mac computer and popular mobile devices such as a Smartphone, MP3 player, and eBook reader like the Barnes & Noble Nook and Sony Reader.

Kindle users can browse the LCLS's collection of approximately 50,000 bestselling and classic eBooks from a PC or Mac computer, check out titles using a library card, and select "Get for Kindle" to deliver eBooks to their Kindle device or any device running the free Kindle app.

Users who enjoy eBooks on Kindle will benefit from Amazon's Whisper-sync technology that synchronizes notes, highlights and last page read between their Kindle and free Kindle apps.

Telephone reference is available at 239-479-INFO (4636).

Children's Advocacy

The Children's Advocacy Center, which supports and protects the child victims of abuse through collaborative intervention and comprehensive treatment in a soothing environment needs volunteers. Opportunities include administrative help in the office, support with special projects and help with fundamentals. Call the Friendship Volunteer Center for additional details at 275-4427.

Local Drug House Odyssey in March

Drug House Odyssey, A Lee County Prevention Event is scheduled for March 6, 7 and 8. Located at Cape Christian Fellowship, 2110 Chiquita Blvd., South, in Cape Coral, this real-life play follows a quartet of high school students from a casual encounter with drinking and drugs, through the emergency room, arrest, and courtroom.

The Coalition for a Drug-Free Southwest Florida works to prevent drug, alcohol and tobacco abuse in Lee County.



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