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February 21, 2016

Golden Apple Teacher Bruce Peters

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A Message from Jeff and Yolanda

What another busy week on our campus with the Counselor's Breakfast, the CCPS Proud tour and the awarding of the Golden Apple to Practical Nursing instructor Bruce Peters. Once again, the press, community members, Champions for Learning staff and volunteers were singing the praises of our schools and staff members as they walked through our halls on Thursday. Although, there are too many positive comments to share all of them, here are a few that were heard; "This is a great place to learn"; "The community needs to know about the excellent outcomes this school has, not only in educating students, but in helping the student to achieve their industry certification"; "I love coming to Lorenzo Walker especially when it's time to bring a Golden Apple! You have so many on campus... your teachers are amazing!" We will have a reception for Bruce on Monday, 2/22 from 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p..m. Stop by and congratulate him.

Another highlight this week was the panel of alumni speakers (Theodat Schuman - Airframe/PowerPlant Mechanics; Felipe Gavira - VESOL, Computer Electronics; Susie Hemberger - Practical Nursing) who shared their stories at the Counselor's Breakfast. Below is an excerpt from Theodat's comments:

I completed my training at Lorenzo in December 2002 and had no issue finding a job in my related field of study in February 2003. A year later, I obtained my A&P (Airframe& Powerplant) License with the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration). In 2007, I enrolled for a Bachelor in Professional Aeronautics in Embry-Riddle University and was awarded 33 credit hours for my prior education at Lorenzo Walker Technology. In 2010, upon the completion of my Bachelor, I decided to further pursue my education and signed up for a MBAA ( Master in Business Administration + Aviation) at Embry-Riddle. In the Summer of 2012, I obtained my MBAA diploma. By fall of the same year, I was promoted to be the Operations team leader ( Manager) of the Repair Station at Parker-Hannifin in Naples, FL. - (In 2008, Parker-Hannifin bought the company ( Shaw Aero Devices) I started with in 2003). I started as a technician at my current job, then became an inspector, then a Quality data analyst, then a Group Lead to finally be at my current position ( Repair Station Manager).

The most important thing I learned at Lorenzo Walker was that it doesn't matter where you are from but where you want to go and what drives you. My advice to potential students is to remember that there is nothing a man can't do if he is willing to make the right sacrifices and that challenges could be stepping stones or stumbling blocks, it all depends on how we view them. Living every day with an attitude of gratitude has helped me cope with all the challenges and difficulties of life.

In summary, Lorenzo Walker helped me spark and fuel my career and provides the foundation for my professional success. I wouldn't be where I am without Lorenzo Walker.

Finally, the week wrapped up with the CCPS Proud tour. The Superintendent, City Councilmen, County Commissioners, and area business leaders toured Surgical Technology, the Simulation Lab, Drafting and heard about our newest programs and partnerships. Dr. Patton described the level of commitment of our teachers and the importance of technical education in our community. Visitors were very impressed with our high school students and how they carried themselves when discussing how attending Lorenzo Walker has shaped their futures and what they will take away from their experiences as they continue on with their education. Nancy Turmelle also made quite an impression on Melhor Leonar, the Naples Daily News reporter, so much so, that she will be coming back on Tuesday to do a full story on the Surgical Technology program.

Tech Corner

Web on Wednesday is scheduled for Wed, Feb 24th at either 2:00 or 2:35pm in 2-233. This session is the third of the series (but no worries if you missed the first and/or second ones!) where we will focus on some iPad apps, so please bring your charged iPad . Let’s Smash Some Apps will focus on using iPad apps that are related to creating content and/or demonstrating understanding of content in a creative way. There will also be a look of using more than one app to get just what you need.

Tech Tidbits:

  • Need to know more about the Zika Virus? Check out Larry Ferlazzo’s Best Resources.

  • Will Automation Steal My Job? According to this infographic, around 47% of the existing U.S. jobs are at high-risk of being automated in the next decade or so. Check it out!

  • The annual New Media Consortium Horizon report for 2016 has been published for higher education (the K-12 version will be released soon). Two highlighted challenges considered solvable - 1) Blending Formal and Informal Learning and 2) Improving Digital Literacy

  • Find out how to increase interaction with video content with two online tools - and Vialogues - Via Richard Byrne’s blog post

  • How has Google affected the way students learn? We all have insights from our own experience, but ultimately it definitely impacts us. This article hits on an important instructional design change needed.

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Creative Commons licensed photo credit to Ken Whytock on Flickr

A Note from our Wellness Champions

This is just a quick look at the numbers of participation in the Pathways blood draws so far. The deadline is 4/1/16.

LWH 5%

LWTC 18%

Don't wait until the last minute. The labs get very busy as the deadline approaches. Remember that if you don't participate, you will no longer be in the Advanced Pathway.


  • Monday, February 22, 2:00 -3:00 p.m. - Reception for Bruce Peters in Dining Room D.
  • Eight of our juniors and seniors under the direction of Neil Fehr will take part in a national mathematical modeling contest called, Moody's Mega Math Challenge. Our students will gain the experience of working in teams to tackle a real-world problem under time and resource constraints akin to those faced by industrial applied mathematicians. The Challenge awards $150,000 in scholarships. They are busy preparing for the challenge which will takes place the weekend of 2/27-2/28.


  • Fly In/ Cruise In Meeting at the Naples Airport 2/25/16 at 2:35pm
  • The Fly In/Cruise In will take place on Saturday, March 5th, 8:00 a.m. to noon. at the Naples Airport. Please help us spread the word about this event. All funds go toward scholarships/emergency funds for students. If you are interested in volunteering contact Jack Izbicki or Denise Duzick.
  • PLT reflections are due February 29th.
  • Please don’t forget to submit your Florida Teachers' Classroom Supply Assistance Program receipts to Ray Smith. He is asking that the receipts be submitted by February 29th so there is adequate time to check each submission and submit the final report to the Budgeting Department by their deadline of March 15th.
  • Please remember to set up your CTEM pre-conference, formal and post conference with your evaluator if you have not already done so.
  • Don't forget to nominate a staff member for the month of February by clicking on the Padlet link . Type the name of the nominated staff member in the "Title" portion of the Padlet post and your reasoning in the body of the post. Also you can nominate by grade level a student for the month of February by clicking the appropriate link below. Follow the same protocol of putting the student name as the title and reason for nominating in the body of the posting.
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Spotlight on LWTHS Staff Member

Lynne Bruce is one of the counselors at Lorenzo Walker Technical High School. She was originally destined to work at a zoo, but changed courses when she made an interest chart in her junior year of college. Lynne became involved with education because of her admiration and desire to help others. She rescues cats, loves the beach, and loves to read. She is a nurturing person, because of her innate feeling to help others, “whether paw or human!”.

Spotlight on LWTC Staff Member

Jerry Soffin was a very successful auto parts store owner in Michigan before he moved to Naples in 2003. His wife had been involved in education and suggested he become a substitute when they relocated. He worked with ESE students at ENMS, but eventually because of his auto background, found his niche at our school! Jerry has been a boater since the age of 5. He loves to fish, but also hunting and sports. In fact, if he were not here, he would be a charter boat captain. Jerry raised two great kids who are now self-sufficient adults with children of their own. Jerry describes himself as emotional, stern, but also fun to be around. We are so lucky to benefit from his vast knowledge and experience!


  • Golden Apple Teacher Bruce Peters
  • Adam Janowski for taking pictures during the awarding of the Golden Apple
  • Student Services - Heidi Duff, Deb Young, Bob Waller, Scott Schnappauf, Valerie Guillame, Lesa Veita Perez, Rosemeri Morales and Olivia Ralston for hosting the Counselor's Breakfast
  • Chef Geri, Chef Chris and culinary students for the scrumptious omelet stations at the Counselors Breakfast and wonderful luncheon to our CCPS Proud Tour.
  • Nancy Turmelle for giving such an impressive tour of her Surg Tech Lab that she now has an interview with the NDN reporter this Tuesday
  • Kirk Jervis for hosting the CCPS Proud Tour and discussing the drafting program.
  • Angie Imbriale and Fay Warfield for planning and setting up a very nice reception for Jeannette Kostka's farewell

Happy Birthday

No birthdays this week

Upcoming Staff Meetings and Trainings

Upcoming Student Events

  • 2/8-2/26, Hot Cocoa (sugar free) sale, 6:45-7:05, in front of HS Courtyard, Mrs. Cassio
  • 2/23, Culinary field trip Kitchen 41@Harvest B Farms, Chef Abdo
  • 2/25 Entrepreneur/Marketing field trip, Naples Accelerator, Mrs. Stout
  • 2/25 Student Services Orientation for 10th grade ESE & 504 students, Mrs. Lang/Ms. Bedrava
  • 2/25 Laws of Life Finalist banquet for Cassidy McNabb
  • 2/26 Movie Night/Ice Age 3:00 pm, Dining Hall, Ms. Peck
  • 2/27 Moody's Mega Math Challenge, 7:00am - 10:00 pm, 4-314, Mr. Fehr
  • 2/27 Canal Cleanup 8:00 am - 10:00 am, Goldengate Canal, Mrs. Barr