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Olympic athlete mentors chat it up as part of Classroom Champions partnership activities in the MDUSD

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Mt. Diablo Unified School District Media Advisory

 

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:  Ursula Kroemer Leimbach / communications@mdusd.org / mobile: (760) 705-6919

 

Olympic athlete mentors chat it up as part of Classroom Champions partnership activities in the Mt. Diablo Unified School District

More than a dozen video chats between Olympians/Paralympians and their adopted MDUSD classrooms scheduled over next few weeks  

 

Mt. Diablo Unified School District (MDUSD) students will be connecting with Olympic and Paralympic mentor athletes via live chats over the next few weeks as part of activities with the Classroom Champions partnership, launched earlier this fall.


Classroom Champions, an international education non-profit founded by American Olympic Gold Medalist Steve Mesler, pairs teachers with Olympians and Paralympians as mentors who use video lessons, live video chats, and social media to engage students and encourage them to recognize their potential, set goals, and dream big. Classroom Champions is the first program of its kind to partner with teachers to bring these elite athletes training for their next Olympics or Paralympics into schools to provide ongoing mentorship.

 

Students at Bel Air Elementary have World Cup champion and Classroom ChampionsOlympic hopeful bobsledder Carlo Valdes thinking quick to questions like "Do you want to be a YouTuber?" as part of this week’s video chat with Olympic and Paralympic mentors involved in the MDUSD Classroom Champions partnership.

 

 

 

This February, our nation will come together to root for Team USA in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. MDUSD Classroom Champions teachers, 25 in all across the district, are paired with a winter athlete striving to earn a spot at these Games. In addition to mentorship activities, MDUSD Classroom Champions students will have the excitement of cheering on and interacting with their mentors as they go on their Olympic journeys.

 

Video chats scheduled over the next few weeks include:

Date

School

Classroom

Classroom Champion

Time

11/29/2017

Oak Grove MS

Suzanna Marshak - Grade 6 English/World History

J.R. Celski

11:30 a.m.

 

Oak Grove MS

Ann Borba - Grade 6 English/Reading/World History

Daniel Buitrago – Grade 6

English/Reading 5/7 World History

J.R. Celski

(Speed Skating (Short Track))

12:05 p.m.

11/30/2017

Oak Grove MS

Ann Borba - Grade 6 English/Reading/World History

Daniel Buitrago – Grade 6

English/Reading 5/7 World History

J.R. Celski

11:30 a.m.

12/6/2017

Oak Grove MS

Cecelia Guzman – Special Education

Susan Owen – Special Education

J.R. Celski

11:30 a.m.

 

Oak Grove MS

Lisa Brown – Grade 6

English/World History

J.R. Celski

12:05 p.m.

12/7/2017

Shore Acres ES

Maria Martinez – Grade 5
Mary Bakos – Special Education

Megan Bozek

(Women’s Ice Hockey)

9:00 a.m.

 

Shore Acres ES

Denise Nunally – Grade 5

Megan Bozek

9:45 a.m.

 

Shore Acres ES

Gordon Miller – Grade 5

Megan Bozek

11:15 a.m.

12/8/2017

Highlands ES

Laura Torrez – Grade 4

Carlo Valdes

(Bobsled)

11:00 a.m.

 

Riverview MS

Carol Martin – Grade 6 Core

Carlo Valdes

11:45 a.m.

12/18/2017

El Monte ES

Kim Chamberlain – Grade 4

Tyler Carter

(Alpine Skiing)

8:30 a.m.

 

El Monte ES

Christina Cinfio – Grade 4

Tyler Carter

9:15 a.m.

12/19/2017

Fair Oaks ES

Kristen Thompson – Grade 4

Tyler Carter

8:45 a.m.

 

Fair Oaks ES

Gena Hanko – Grade 4

Tyler Carter

9:30 a.m.

 

The video chats are providing MDUSD students a chance to interact with their Olympic/Paralympic mentors to ask a variety of questions.  To arrange a visit to one of the listed classrooms, please contact

 

Adam Welcome

MDUSD Director of Innovation and Technology

925-297-5118 (Google Voice)

welcomea@mdusd.org

 

or

 

Catherine Wittman

510-501-6416

cwittman@classroomchampions.org           

www.classroomchampions.org

 

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About Classroom Champions

Classroom Champions believes kids have what it takes. Sometimes they just need a champion to help them! Founded by 2010 Olympic gold medallist, Steve Mesler, and Leigh Mesler Parise, Ph.D., Classroom Champions is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that teams at-risk and underserved students across North America with Olympians and Paralympians through an innovative, year-long mentorship program. To date, more than 25,000 students across the U.S. and Canada have been mentored by more than 95 Olympians and Paralympians. Classroom Champions has a strong track record of helping students stay engaged in school—a critical component in ensuring students complete their education and go on to pursue fulfilling and productive lives and careers. Classroom Champions’ success in helping to build the critical skills students need to succeed both in and out of the classroom has earned it numerous accolades, including a World Fair Play Diploma. Learn more about Classroom Champions at classroomchampions.org and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

 

About Mt. Diablo Unified

Mt. Diablo Unified, located in Contra Costa County, is honored to serve approximately 32,000 students at one of more than 50 school sites in the cities of Clayton, Concord, Pleasant Hill; portions of Martinez, Pittsburg and Walnut Creek; and the unincorporated communities of Bay Point, Lafayette, and Pacheco. As part of a richly diverse community, MDUSD families represent numerous ethnic groups, speaking nearly 50 different languages and dialects. We offer award-winning innovative programs in Career Technical Education; Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM); extensive visual and performing arts programs; and rich foreign language and dual immersion offerings. MDUSD is also pleased to have launched its first middle college program, College Now, and opened its first International Baccalaureate program and three new regional magnet programs in 2017.  Learn more at http://www.mdusd.org/.

 

Posted by: Joshua Wittman, District Admin, Mt. Diablo Unified School District Published:11/28/17
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