Monday, May 2, 2016

Featured Teacher...Jo Ann Wood

Featured Teacher…. Jo Ann Wood

Ms. Wood has been teaching for 36 years. Her career has spanned many grade levels, states and countries.  Her diverse background brings to our school culture and a rich, high level of teaching standards.

Jo Ann was raised in Big Valley until the 7th grade when her family moved to Dinuba.  Here she graduated from high school and moved onto Junior College at Kings River College Readily.  After one year she transferred to Shasta College.  Jo Ann graduated from Chico State with a BA in Liberal Studies. 

During her Chico State studies Jo Ann was given the opportunity to participate in a Spanish Exchange program and spent a semester in Mexico.  Her introduction to the Spanish language started in the 5th at Big Valley Elementary.  Her love of Spanish began at a young age.  She completed her student teaching in Redding.

Jo Ann began her teaching career in Honduras.  She taught 3rd grade to U.S. students.  The students’ families were living in Honduras working for American companies such as Chiquita Banana.  She spent 2 years teaching and learning about their culture. 

Over the next 12 years Jo Ann taught Kindergarten thru University level education in Columbia.  She loved the people and culture.  During these years she took a break from teaching to return to the states to obtain her Masters Degree.  She attended Florida State and taught at the worst school in Gadsden County near Tallahassee.  She spent 2-years teaching in Florida and produced the first Spanish concert.  Jo Ann incorporates music in her lesson plans to this day.  Her Masters Degree from Florida State is in Multilingual and Multicultural Education. 

After Florida she returned to Columbia and took a principal position. 

Returning to the states Jo Ann taught in Santa Cruz, CA then moved to Nevada.

Jo Ann spent the next 12 years teaching at Bailey Charter School in Reno, Nevada. 
She was a co-founder of the charter taking an old building and creating a school from scratch.  Students were bused in from all over Washoe County.  She started and taught a 9-week New Comers program teaching Basic English to Spanish speaking students.

Jo Ann has taught a large range of grades and classes.  She has college teaching experience from the University of Columbia and Sierra Nevada College.

Jo Ann is currently teaching our Spanish 1 & 2 classes as well as ELA Intervention and English Language Development Support. 

Big Valley is blessed and grateful for her veteran teaching experience.  She brings culture to expand our students daily learning experience. Her ability to speak Spanish fluently makes her lessons engaging and challenging.  Her students enjoy her classes and have expressed how much they are learning.

We are excited to be able to offer a Spanish 3 class in next years schedule.  Foreign Language is a requirement for college applications and an advantage for any student moving on to college or the work place. 

Thank you to Ms. Wood for her time given for an interview.  If you have a chance spend some time getting to know this great woman. She brings so much to our teaching staff and truly cares for our students and community.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Small, but MIGHTY

Small, but MIGHTY

Big Valley High School is the place to be…we are the mighty, mighty Cardinals.

Rural school districts face many challenges but our Cardinal sports program has proven the size of your school does not limit your success. Here at Big Valley our student athletics have the opportunity to participate in multiple sports. Whether you have played for years or are just starting out in high school sports, there is a place for everyone on the Cardinal teams.

Since switching to 8 Man Football our Cardinals have reach the Evergreen Championships twice. Once as champions in 2014 and once as runner ups in 2015. This year, Head Coach Bryan Gerig has been selected to coach the Lion’s Club All-Star 8-Man Football game at Shasta College. We are proud to host the Lion’s Club All-Star 8-Man North camp here in Big Valley.

JV and Varsity Lady Cards Volleyball powered through the last two seasons. Stephanie Withrow took over coaching double duties by guiding both the varsity and JV teams.

Cardinal Basketball has been exciting in the last few seasons. Packed gymnasiums full of supportive fans have cheered on our Champions. Not only do fans come to watch basketball, but fans are entertained by our K-12 dance teams, Winter Homecoming Court, and Senior Night Recognition. High school classes sponsor cake sales and feeds to help fundraise.

Varsity boys were Evergreen League Champions and our JV girls were Evergreen League Co-Champions. Kellen Gerig was voted league MVP.

Varsity Basketball Head Coach Bob Bertelsen was selected to coach Redding Breakfast Lion’s Club All-Star team at Simpson College with Kellen Gerig and Thomas Dodgen representing Big Valley Cardinals.

Varsity Basketball Head Coach Josh Razmus has been selected to coach the North team with Kayla McCrary representing Big Valley.

Our wrestling team may be small in numbers but not in Champions. Freshman Reagan Dahle was Shasta Cascade League Champion for his weight class and earned his way to the NSCIF Master’s Tournament. This program is growing and we can’t wait to see what’s coming next for our wrestlers.

Our Track team has been coached by Dr. Dan Dahle for over 20 years. Dr. Dahle has guided the varsity track teams to 7 Evergreen League Championship and 5 NSCIF Division 4 Section Titles.

Although we have a strong Baseball team, our league has seen quite a bit of change. The team has earned their way to post-season for the last five years straight. The boys have a great chance at contending for league championship.

Softball is BACK!!! After a three year hiatus, the program is being resurrected. The softball team is having fun helping the school reestablish itself as the once dominate team in the league.

Big Valley athletes are blessed with amazingly supportive parents, staff and community members. Big Valley Boosters provide our teams with uniforms, sports equipment and Cardinal paraphernalia.

We are thankful for the all the volunteers!!!!!!!