The Downey Legend

Tying the knot

On Sat., Jan. 17, at the Redondo Beach Historic Library, Ms. Stratford weds her fiancé Rick Crespo. “Lots of work goes into a wedding, but it’s all worth it once the day came,” Stratford said. “My bridesmaids were long time friends so they helped me through the stress.”

Natalie Gomez, Arts & Entertainment Section Editor/ Staff Writer

February 6, 2015

On Jan. 17, English teacher and Writer Center Adviser, Kelly Stratford, wed her long time boyfriend in front of friends and family at the Redondo Beach Historic Library. Marriage is already a serious commitment, but as a teacher, changing maiden names can have a dramatic impact.   “For the...

Ordway is the way

ERWC teacher Mrs. Ordway-Roach, in room R-8, is happy being teacher of the month, but wonders how she won it. “I just got lucky and someone remembered my name,” Mrs. Ordway-Roach said.

Mireya Navarro, Staff Writer

February 2, 2015

11th and 12th grade English teacher, Mrs. Ordway, recently won Downey High School’s teacher of the month for the month of January. While she believes that she just got lucky for winning, many of her students and former students believe that she deserved it.   After joking with her class...

Student teachers leave

Once the semester ends on Jan. 30, Ms. Vargas will have finished her student teaching for Cal State Long Beach. ”I heard a lot of good things from Downey,” Ms. Vargas said. ”It was just what I was expecting.”

Moises Martinez Cortez, Writer/Community Editor

January 22, 2014

Student English teachers are preparing to conclude their stay with their master teachers and students after spending an entire semester at Downey. After a five-month program which gives college graduates real hands-on experience in teaching, student teachers in the English department such as Ms. Vargas...

Counselor, teacher, coach, friend

In the beginning of November, counselor, Mrs. Sanders took maternity leave, leaving English teacher, Mrs. Sims in charge of her responsibilities guiding students in their academic paths.  “Baby steps,” Mrs. Sims said, “I have to learn everything all over again like a student.”

Joey Flores, News Editor

December 7, 2012

Starting in November, English teacher Andrea Sims is substituting as counselor for her friend, Nicole Sanders, who is out on maternity leave. She will cover for Sanders for two to three months in bungalow seven.   Sims is the varsity girls volleyball coach, an English teacher, and now a temporary...

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