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UPDATE: Sulphur Springs board appoints new member

Lori MacDonald will serve out duration of Sheldon Wigdor's term

Posted: November 9, 2012 2:20 p.m.
Updated: November 9, 2012 5:52 p.m.

The Sulphur Springs School District board of education has named a replacement for longtime board member Sheldon Wigdor, who resigned effective Sept. 30.

At a special meeting this week, the board appointed Lori MacDonald, a 10-year Canyon Country resident and a teacher, to fill the vacancy.

MacDonald, whose appointment is provisional, will serve the rest of Wigdor’s term, which ends Nov. 30. 2013, according to a statement issued by the district Friday. She will be officially seated at the district’s Nov. 14 board meeting.

MacDonald has taught physical education and technology in the Los Angeles Unified School District for 14 years.

“I’m so involved at Patrick Henry Middle School, and I want that same opportunity to be involved with the schools at home,” she said in an interview Friday.

During her time as a board member, MacDonald hopes to expand technology-based learning and renew focus on physical education in the Canyon Country and Fair Oaks Ranch elementary school district.

At Patrick Henry Middle School, MacDonald teaches in the robotics lab using computers to teach a wide variety of skills from digital music to computer graphics.

“They learn about it, and then they do something hands on. They use kinesthetic learning, and it’s a different way of learning,” MacDonald said. “I do believe technology can improve teaching, and any teacher can do it.”

Technology isn’t the only way to get kids’ minds moving, MacDonald said.

“There are a lot of kids that need to be more active because that will help them invigorate their brains,” MacDonald said. “There’s not much PE in schools anymore, especially in the state of California. I’d like to see more.”

After earning her Preliminary Administration Services Credential, MacDonald wanted to bring her educational goals to the schools her kids attended.

Of her three children, two have gone through the Sulphur Springs School District, and her youngest will attend Leona Cox Community School when he starts kindergarten next year.

“I’m looking to go further in education and give more to my community that way,” MacDonald said.

Coming to Sulphur Springs from a family of teachers and Parent Teacher Association members, MacDonald is eager to bring a new perspective to the district.

“Education is in my blood,” she said.

MacDonald’s provisional appointment made at a special meeting Wednesday night will become permanent unless it is successfully challenged by a petition filed with the county superintendent of schools within 30 days.






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