November 14, 2005

Congratulations to Sunol Glen School's Nancy Brazil for winning our districts prestigious Teacher of the Year Award. Nancy's was honored at an awards ceremony held at Chabot College on November 3 along with 14 other teachers representing all the school districts in Alameda County.

Referred to Sunol Glen School by friend and fellow teacher Becky Radulovich, Nancy began her teaching career at Sunol as a substitute teacher in 1995. She taught half-time in 1999 and began a full time tenure in 2000. "Braaaz" as her students lovingly call her, has taught fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth grade. She says: "I really love teaching the upper grades". Nancy is currently teaching eighth grade language arts and social studies, sixth grade science, fifth grade language arts and student council leadership.

Nancy said, "Sunol is like home to me. It just really provides an environment where you feel valued not only by the students and parents but also the staff. It's a school that is unique because it has somehow been able to maintain that small town closeness that so many school don't have".

"I love Sunol kids, they are just genuine. Another thing about Sunol is that we also have a genuine interest in our kids. We nurture the whole child; their sprit and their academic side".

Nancy makes her home in Pleasanton with husband Larry Brazil and their children, daughters Chelsea, a Foothill High senior; Maddie a Foothill High junior; and son Andrew, an eighth grade student at Hart Middle School.

Unfortunately all of the train tickets for the "Sunol Residents Only" Holiday Train of Lights for December 3 have been reserved and there are none available for purchase on that date or any other date as well. This popular train sells out more quickly each year but if you reserved tickets in advance by calling Ario Ysit, he will be distributing them every morning this week from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. at the Sunol Food Store on Main Street and on Saturday morning from 9:00 a.m. to noon at the same location. Please contact Ario at 925-862-2251 for more information.

It is always so exciting to announce Sunol Repertory Theatre's 2006 season auditions. Another very popular annual event, this year marks the theatre's 25th year in production. Auditions for "Caught in the Villains Grasp or …Your Mother Was Right About Those Theater People" will be held on December 13 at 7:00 p.m. in the Sunol Glen School auditorium. If you plan on auditioning, please bring music and be prepared to sing. Directing this year's production is SRT Co-Founder Tom Harland, who also wrote the melodrama. Co-Producers are Dianne Tiessen and Laurie Walker.

The Sunol Repertory Theatre has been a solid supporter of the Arts at Sunol Glen School and they are presenting a check to the school in the amount of $7,000 at the Board meeting tomorrow evening. That means that this wonderful the theater group has donated a whopping $81,000 to the school in the past 24 years. Bravo!

Congratulations to John and Kirsti Way on their first born. Baby boy, Samuel Henry Way was welcomed into this world on October 14.

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