A Little TLC for the LDM

July 2016 Addition

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Happy July Birthday!

July 6 Angela Broussard, LDM Georgia

July 12 Jayme Ferguson, LDM Texas

July Work Anniversaries

Jeff Hines, VP REG PRIV CONS MKTG, 2015

Good-bye to Nasarin Taghvaei (from Lucy's team)

We are sad to see her go. We were able to get to know Nasarin at our LDM Summit in Idaho. Nasarin has departed from K12 for another opportunity.

Welcome New Nevada LDM, Jacque Hoover!

Jacque was born in Las Vegas, Nevada and has spent much of her life based out of the city. As a child, competitive athletics created a solid foundation for Jacque’s life. First dance and gymnastics, then soccer and swimming, and finally Jacque settled on swimming spending over a decade as a USA National Swim Team Member and swimming for UNLV as a Division I Swimmer and member of their first ever dual conference sweep team her senior year. After college she worked in multiple industries working her way up into management and VP of Operations and finally settling in corporate consulting before making her way to Nevada Virtual Academy. Jacque was a part of many activities and initiatives as a FAST team member and then moved in a STEM/Social Media/Family Engagement role where she also helped with after school STEM initiatives including GIRLS in STEM Club, FLL (First Lego League Robotics, and planning of STEM Engagement Activities for many events including K-5 STEM nights, Scalable Game Design Showcase, and STEM Camps to name a few.

Jacque is a proud mother of 3 (Christopher Jr., 14, Jayden, 7, and Isabella 3) and wife. She is a creative and passionate artist who loves to draw, paint, write poetry, and craft. Jacque also loves the outdoors and outdoor activities including surfing, skiing, swimming, camping and hiking to name a few, which she enjoys frequently with her family.

Jacque loves advertising and marketing and holds a dual Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies from UNLV (Advertising and Criminal Justice) and a Master’s of Science in Global Leadership with a Project Management Graduate Certificate from the University of San Diego.

Getting to Know YOU: Jamye E. Ferguson, LDM Texas

Jamye has been with K12 since November of 2007, first as a parent and learning coach, then spending two awesome years as a 3-8 grade teacher at TXVA (Jan, 2008), serving also as the volunteer co-Family Support Coordinator. In May of 2010, Jamye transitioned with K12 to originate the LDM role in Texas.

Prior to K12, Jamye taught 16 years in B&M schools, served as Children’s Church director, and served as teacher/admin for a Homeschool co-op. She had also worked as a content writer, editor, curriculum designer, and graphics designer in contract settings throughout her career.

Jamye is married to Lee and their 28th anniversary is coming up at the end of July. They make their home in the tiny Texas town of Ovilla. Jamye is the proud mother of three fabulous and grown kids - two girls and a boy: Abigail who is 22, who just finished her undergrad in Psychology and is working on her Master’s; Sarah who is 19 and just finished her freshman year at Baylor, and Steele who is 24 and is a rising star financial specialist in a boutique firm in Dallas.

Jamye is an avid doodler and loves graphics design, digital scrapbooking, and photography. She adores animals, and is especially inclined to rescue dogs. The furbabies in the family are one seriously old beagle named Titus who acts like a cat until there is a rabbit close by, 2 lab mix brothers (the 3rd & 4th rescues) – Boaz and Nox - who have entirely too much hair and no sense of personal space, and a lovable but grumpy hedgehog named Luna. #buildingazoo #chickensandgoatsarenext

In addition to reading great books and writing (maybe one of her own someday), Jamye loves to organize and decorate, watch college football (Sic ‘em Bears!), see great concerts and theater productions, travel, watch sunsets, play on the beach, and wade through mountain streams, all with her hubby and family – and always take pictures.

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June 2016 Herndon New LDM Training

Angela Broussard (GA), Rebecca Knapp (NC/SC), Natarsha Bryant (RD SOWE), Kendra Blythin (WA – in the back), Patricia Negron (OR), Greg Blough (RD Northern Region), Jacque Hoover (NV), Cathy Chabot (MN), Bill Bethel (Southern Region RD), Ashley Baril (SoWe RMM in back), Ruth Epps (RMM CeNo), James Dale (Sr. RD Central Region), and Randy Bretza (TN, VA and DC)

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Hand's Down the BEST BAKED BEANS

This month Paul takes us to the picnic table


o 1½ pounds ground beef

o 1 small onion, finely chopped

o 1 red or green bell pepper, cored, seeded, and finely chopped

o 2 (16-oz) cans pork and beans

o ½ cup barbecue sauce

o ½ cup ketchup

o 2 tablespoons spicy brown mustard

o 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

o 1 tablespoon soy sauce

o 4 tablespoons brown sugar

o 6 to 8 slices bacon, cut into pieces and cooked



1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray.

2. In a large saucepan brown the ground beef. When beef is about halfway done add the onions and bell peppers. Continue to cook until beef is done and the veggies are soft.

3. Add the pork and beans, barbecue sauce, ketchup, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce and brown sugar to the mixture. Simmer mixture for 5 minutes. Transfer the mixture to the prepared casserole dish.

4. Sprinkle the bacon pieces over the top of the casserole. Cover the dish with aluminum foil and bake for 40-45 minutes. Remove the foil and continue to bake for an additional 10 minutes. Let dish sit for 10 minutes before serving.

July Chicken Kabobs


· 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs or breasts

· 2 teaspoons kosher salt

· 1 1/2 tablespoons sweet paprika

· 2 teaspoons smoked paprika

· 4 teaspoons sugar

· 2-3 slices raw bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces

· 1 cup of your favorite BBQ sauce


1. Trim chicken of excess fat, then cut the chicken into 1-inch cubes. In a large bowl, toss the chicken with the salt. Then cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes and up to 1 hour.

2. Turn all grill burners to high, close lid, and heat for about 15 minutes. Leave primary burner on, but turn off other burners.

3. Meanwhile, pat the chicken dry with paper towels. In a small bowl, combine the paprikas and sugar. Place the raw bacon in a food processor and pulse for about 30-45 seconds, until a smooth paste forms, scraping down the sides of the bowl twice throughout. Add the bacon paste and spice mixture to the chicken. Mix with hands or spatula until the ingredients are blended and chicken is coated. Thread the chicken onto the skewers, rolling or folding as needed to maintain 1-inch cubes.

4. Grill the chicken over the primary burner with lid closed, turning one-quarter of a turn every 2 minutes or so, until browned and slightly charred (about 8 minutes total for chicken breast and 10 minutes for thighs). Brush the top of kebabs with BBQ sauce; flip and cook until sauce is browned in spots, about 1 minute. Brush second side with sauce; flip and cook for another minute or so, until cooked through.

5. Remove kebabs from grill and let rest for 5 minutes. Serve, passing remaining BBQ sauce separately, if desired.

Need a silly summer lift?

  • What did the pig say on a hot summer day? – I’m bacon!
  • Why do bananas use sunscreen? – Because they peel.
  • Why are gulls named seagulls? – If they were by the bay, they’d be bagels.
  • Why don’t oysters share their pearls? – Because they’re shellfish.
  • Which letter is the coolest? – Iced t.
  • What do you call a snowman in July? – A puddle.
  • What do sheep do on sunny days? – Have a baa-baa-cue.
  • What did one tide pool say to the other tide pool?- Show me your mussels.
  • What do you call a fish with no eyes? – A fsh.
  • What happens when you throw a green rock into the Red Sea? – It gets wet.
  • What does a bee do when it is hot? – He takes off his yellow jacket.
  • What holds the sun up in the sky? – Sunbeams.
  • What race is never run? – A swimming race.
  • When do you go at red and stop at green? – When you’re eating a watermelon.
  • Why did the man love his barbecue? – Because it was the grill of his dreams.
  • What is the best day to go to the beach? – SUNday.
  • What does the sun drink out of? – Sunglasses.
  • What did the ocean say to the sailboat? – Nothing it just waved.
Mungo Jerry - In The Summertime ORIGINAL 1970