Employees of the Year, 2013-2014
Cupertino High School
Fremont High School
Homestead High School
Lynbrook High School
Monta Vista High School
Adult and Community Education
FUHSD District Office
October 17, 2013
Monta Vista High School Signing Ceremony
With the sounds of the mighty Monta Vista band playing in the background, guests at the October 17 signing ceremony at Monta Vista High School joyfully added their signatures to a large panel that will soon be attached to the new cafeteria and classroom building.
The ceremony represents the final phase of the construction work that will add six new classrooms, a new kitchen, cafeteria, serving and staff dining areas, and an expanded student center. Architect Erwin Lee, a member of the MVHS Class of 1975, designed the building.
Guided tours of the new building were available and people were eager to get a first glimpse into the new facility. Construction is expected to be completed by late spring 2014.
September 26, 2013
FUHSD Teacher of the Year: Alyssa Long
Alyssa Long is the Fremont Union High School District Teacher of the Year and was honored at the Santa Clara County Office of Education Teacher Recognition Celebration on September 26. A Fremont High School teacher, Alyssa has taught English courses to freshmen and sophomores as well as teaching a class to help struggling students prepare for the California High School Exit Exam and a Communications class that primarily serves long-term language learners who are in need of additional literacy and study skills. Last year many of the students in Ms. Long’s Communications class implored her to continue to work with them this year. They were so adamant about their plea that they were willing to come in after school and not attain credits in order to be taught by Ms. Long. She could not turn away from such perseverance from students who had in the past struggled mightily. Ms. Long developed a course that would meet their needs and agreed to teach it on her own time. Her ability to reach students who had previously given up on themselves is inspirational and she is helping to change the lives of her students for the better.
Seeing the ‘light-bulb moments’ happen for her students is Ms. Long’s favorite part of teaching. Observing a student finally understand a concept, realize how to write persuasively, connect a lesson in history to their life, or being so excited that they are bursting to share an idea is especially rewarding to her. These moments keep Ms. Long excited about teaching, and about learning. She has been an adviser to the Fremont High School Chinese Club and the Fashion Club and this year she is also teaching an AVID class (Advancement Via Individual Determination) and working with freshmen who will in many cases be the first in their family to attend college.
“Alyssa is an amazing teacher who goes above and beyond for her students,” shared Fremont High School Principal Bryan Emmert. “I am also impressed by her ability to help move the work of the larger school through being honest about concerns and willing to consider new and different things.”
Born and raised in Mountain View, Ms. Long graduated from Milpitas High School. Even as a youngster, she dreamed of being a teacher and because a college education was not affordable for her, she worked extremely hard – both academically and in jobs after school - to qualify for scholarships and earn money for college. Her work at the Jose Valdes Math Institute during the summers especially confirmed her desire to teach and a particularly tough Advanced Placement English teacher was also instrumental in her career choice. Ms. Long graduated from Mills College with a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. She and her husband Shawn celebrated their five-year wedding anniversary earlier this year. Traveling is one of Ms. Long’s favorite hobbies because it has the multiple benefits of being educational, inspiring, and relaxing. Her schedule keeps her pretty busy but in her spare time Ms. Long likes to read, write, exercise, and sing.