first_imgPalmdale previously recruited teachers from Canada in the mid-1990s and Spain in 2000. The recruiting trip to Spain caused some controversy as the board split 3-2 on a vote to authorize it, with some trustees complaining that the district could find qualified bilingual teachers closer to home. At Tuesday’s board meeting, the vote was 5-0. Trustee Sheldon Epstein, who was in the minority in the 2000 vote, said he didn’t have a problem recruiting teachers in Mexico. District officials said they are looking in the United States for teachers, but can’t find the number and type of teachers they need. There is a shortage of teachers in general, especially among those with the expertise to teach math and science, officials said. “We do find qualified instructors in the U.S. We are currently recruiting in New York, the Northwest and Midwest, but they don’t typically have bilingual people in certain areas,” Gallizzi said. PALMDALE – The Palmdale School District will recruit bilingual teachers from Mexico under a program aimed at fostering mutual understanding between the U.S. and other countries. The goal is to find nine teachers who would work at Los Amigos School, where students are taught in both Spanish and English, and at the district’s junior highs in the 2007-08 school year. “We are short teachers. We are short bilingual teachers. This is one place to find them,” interim Superintendent Roger Gallizzi said. The Exchange Teacher Visitor Program is the result of a 1961 federal law that aims to increase mutual understanding between Americans and people of other countries through educational and cultural exchanges, which assist the U.S. State Department in furthering its foreign policy objectives, a district staff report said. Epstein said Palmdale is competing with other areas that have growing Latino student populations. “It’s a case of supply and demand, and the supply is low. We have to look at other options,” Epstein said. The Mexican teachers must possess the proper teaching credentials in their own country and obtain a California credential once they arrive here. They also must take a language-proficiency exam to show fluency in English and pass a basic skills test for new teachers. A worker visa also is required, Gallizzi said. The Palmdale district will help those chosen find a place to live and familiarize them with the community, said Pauline Winbush, director of certificated personnel. (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_imgBe prepared for a bit of divilment as stand-up genius Tommy Tiernan sets out on his second World Tour of Donegal this week.Speaking to, the award-winning comic legend described it as a “privilege” to travel the county with his new show “Poot”.He said: “It’s a profound county. It has healing in those mountains. I was here on tour two years ago and I thought that people have enough of a break from you so that you can come back and people trust you for a bit of devilment. “They are marvellous people and it is a privilege to make it happen again.”As part of the tour, Tommy makes a return trip to Dunlewey in the heart of the Gaeltacht which holds a special place for him as his daughter has recently started a Gaelscoil .“We’d ask her every day, ‘so what Irish did you learn’ and she was a bit upset because she said she was the only one who wasn’t called ‘anseo’.“And it’s lovely. She’s saying oh tá sé gaofar. And this day she learned how to bless herself and it was ‘in ainm an athair agus an leithris agus an …….” So does he have any plans to learn Irish?“I have Gaeilge briste. I was brought up with Leinster Irish and now I have broken Connemara Irish. But it’s lovely to hear all the little things she says. And we’re here living in Barna and you know that the people and the Irish here it’s the real thing,” he said.His eight date tour around the county includes Ballybofey, Bundoran, Buncrana, Donegal Town, Dunlewey, Glenties and Letterkenny.Born in Carndonagh, his family left when he was three and relocated to Africa before returning to Ireland .He told how he grew up watching sit-coms on BBC and UTV including The Two Ronnies, Mind your Language and Dad’s Army. “But I wasn’t allowed to watch Not The Nine O’Clock News. I suppose the grá for stand-up came after watching Billy Connolly. But stand-up in general,well, there’s an awful lot of dross and it’s painful,” he said.The sometimes controversial comedian admitted that he had spent a while “saying and thinking the unsayable”.“I don’t think I was controversial. I don’t think that’s part of the experience for people. I think controversy is created by what people read about me in the newspapers. What you read in 2008/9, the shows are a bit hard-edged. I’m in softer mood with a bit of divilment and wildness.”His ‘Crooked Man’ DVD was recently awarded the best comedy dvd of the year and is flying off the shelves. Tommy’s eight-day tour of Donegal kicks off  this Wednesday, November 30 at the Balor Theatre in Ballybofey. HERE’S A FULL LINE-UP OF HIS DONEGAL TOUR:Nov 30 – Balor Theatre, BallybofeyDec 1 – The Plaza, BuncranaDec 2 – Mount Errigal Hotel, LetterkennyDec 3 – Dunlewey Theatre, DunleweyDec 4 – Abbey Hotel, DonegalDec 7 – An Grianan Theatre, LetterkennyDec 8 – Highlands Hotel, GlentiesDec 9 – Great Northern Hotel, BundoranDIVILMENT AND A CÚPLA FOCAL LE TOMMY TIERNAN IN DONEGAL was last modified: November 28th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:interview with donegaldaily.comtommy tiernanlast_img read more