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Mrs. Micah Trinidad

February 24, 2021

Micah Trinidad graduated from Walton High School and shortly after began at Northwest Florida College where she cheered her 6th year and began teaching herself the Spanish Language. She later moved to Pensacola, Florida and attended University of West Florida. It was here where she found a love for different cultures and focused more on her Spanish language acquisition. She was a part of the English Ambassador Program and met friends from all over the globe, picking them up from the airport and helping them learn the English language.  

Micah also traveled abroad to study Spanish in San Jose, Costa Rica and her life was forever changed. She wanted to teach a love for travel, different cultural backgrounds and foreign languages. Instead of becoming cultural psychologist Micah decided that teaching a foreign language would be right up her alley.  

She has been at Paxton School for 6 years now where she enjoys dancing with her students at cultural events and allowing them to practice their new language. Her Spanish Club is the highlight of her career as she loves watching the kids smile and have fun in new places, around new language and new people.  

Micah has continued her education in foreign languages and finished up her Master’s in Spanish Language Education at NOVA Southeastern University and is currently studying Hebrew.  

 

“I feel that learning a new language connects you to new people and new ideas. I believe everyone should speak a second language and I love watching my students have fun while learning to be culturally passionate citizens.”    

Lori Sinclair born and raised in DeFuniak Springs, FL and attended West Defuniak Elementary, Walton Middle School, and Walton High School (C/O 91). After graduating from WHS, she continued her education in Huntsville, Al at Alabama A&M University earning a B.S. degree in Accounting.  She holds 2 Master’s degrees in Education and Taxation from Florida A&M University and Nova Southeastern University respectively.  Her dad, Benson B. Campbell, Sr. was an educator in Walton County for 38 years. Teaching has been part of her life for a long time. She has 18 years of teaching experience. This includes 4 years in Palm Beach County Schools, 12 years in Rockdale County School District (GA), and 2 years at Emerald Coast Middle School.  She loves teaching because she loves to see the light bulb come on for her students. She makes a significant impact on her students here at ECMS as an 8th Grade teacher.  She is also proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

In her spare time, she loves playing board games, helping others and working with numbers.

She is glad to be home.

Ms. Vanitta Bumpers is new to the WDE family this year, but she’s not new to education.  She has over 25 years of teaching experience! As a 2nd grade teacher, Ms. Bumpers brings lots of enthusiasm and excitement to her classroom. She was born and raised in Mobile, AL and attended Mobile County Schools. She earned her undergrad degree in Elementary/Early Childhood Education from the University of Alabama and a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Capella University. Ms. Bumpers always knew she wanted to be a teacher from a young age.  She used to tutor neighborhood children when she was a teenager.

Here are a few fun facts about Ms. Bumpers. She was featured in Woman’s Day Magazine in 2017 as a part of their “Live Longer & Stronger” campaign.  She went to New York City in November 2016 for a photo shoot for the magazine.  She went back to NYC a second time in February 2017 for “The Red Dress Awards” as part of the Woman’s Day campaign and was on the set of “The Today Show”.  Ms. Bumpers is also a published author!  Check out her book, Ricky Rabbit Learns a Lesson”.                 

 

 

 

“Go Girls AND Boys Seahawks Soccer Teams” from Superintendent Hughes and District Office Staff!

Superintendent Hughes and the entire District Staff wish the South Walton High School Girls AND Boys Soccer teams all the best as they both compete in the Regional Finals tonight, February 23rd, at Bolles at 5:30p and 7:30p!

Go Hawks!

Medical scientist Patricia E. Bath was born November 4, 1942 in Harlem, New York, the daughter of a Trinidadian immigrant father and Cherokee Native mother who was a descendant of African slaves.

Bath developed an interest in science early in her life while attending school at Charles Evans Hughes High School.  Patricia received a grant in 1959 from the National Science Foundation to attend the Summer Institute in Biomedical Science at Yeshiva University in New York.  She worked on a project studying the relationship between cancer, nutrition, and stress and this institute.  Graduating from Hunter College with a degree in chemistry, she went on to attend Howard University Medical School.  Ms. Bath graduated with honors in 1968 winning the Edwin J. Watson Prize for Outstanding Student in Ophthalmology.

From 1970 until 1973, Bath was the first African American resident in ophthalmology at New York University’s School of Medicine.  Bath first conceived her invention, the Laserphaco Probe in 1981, and decided to learn more about laser technology traveling to Berlin University in Germany to study the skill.  During the next five years, she developed, tested and produced a model laser instrument that could be tested. The Laserphaco Probe was patented in 1988.  The probe is used during eye surgery to correct cataracts, an eye condition that clouds vision and leads to blindness.  The Laserphaco Probe was a less invasive, less risky and more precise than previous devices and is currently used around the world.

Mrs. Bath’s list of “firsts” are many:   First African American to complete a residency in ophthalmology; the first woman to chair an ophthalmology residency program in the United States and the first African American female doctor to secure a medical patent.  To complete this list is her status as co-founder of the American Institute for the Prevention of Blindness.  Bath was inducted into the International Women in Medicine Hall of Fame in 2001.

We salute you, Patricia Bath and thank you for your groundbreaking work in the field of ophthalmology! 

 

Mrs. Tania Eastman joined Freeport Elementary this school year as the guidance counselor. Before becoming a guidance counselor, Mrs. Eastman was in the United States Air Force. She is a valuable asset to our leadership team at FES. She implemented a program at our school that shows how she puts students first.  She is always wanting to learn more to grow as a guidance counselor. 

Chelsey has been teaching for 3 years, and loves being a teacher.  She loves to watch her students grow in their knowledge and to learn new things every day.  In her free time she enjoys spending time with family.

Gwendolyn C. Parker, I consider teaching to be a blessing and to be part of WCSD family. 

Gwen is a veteran teacher with more than a decade of experience at WHS. I am an Algebra 1, 1-B, and 1-A teacher. I am also an AVID 4 teacher, and I am a track coach. I am a graduate of Chipola Junior College ( Chipola College) and the University of West Florida. Go Braves!

Lewis Latimer- Inventor

February 22, 2021

Lewis Latimer was born in Chelsea, Massachusetts on September 4, 1848.  His parents, George and Rebecca were slaves in Virginia but had runaway to Massachusetts living as free citizens. This is where Latimer was born.  At fifteen years old, Latimer enlisted in the United States Navy and returned to Boston once the Civil War ended.  In 1868, he secured a job as an office boy in the Crosby and Gould patent law firm. While he was employed at the firm, he taught himself mechanical drawing.  He learned to use the tools of the trade, such as T-squares, triangles, compasses, and rulers mastering the art of drawing to scale.

Latimer was surrounded by genius throughout his career having been associated with the great Alexander Graham Bell!  In fact, Latimer drafted the drawings that Bell used to patent the first telephone. Bell was in a race to have his invention patented before anyone else registered with a similar device. Working with Latimer late at night, Latimer was able to provide Bell with the blueprints and expertise in submitting applications.  This expertise allowed Bell to file his telephone patent on February 14, 1876, a few hours earlier than that of rival inventors. They had won the race!  

In 1880, Latimer began working as a mechanical draftsman with Hiram Maxim an inventor and   the founder of the U.S. Electric Lighting Company in Brooklyn, NY.  Here, Latimer became familiar with the field of electric incandescent lighting. There was fierce competition in the field to secure patents. In 1881, after many trials and errors. Latimer patented the carbon filament to be used in incandescent lightbulbs.  It was this invention that helped make electric lighting practical and affordable for the average household.  A luxury we are still using today! 

In 1884 Lewis Latimer was invited to work for Thomas Edison in New York.  Edison encouraged Latimer to write the book, Incandescent Electric Lighting:  A Practical Description of the Edison System.  Published in 1890, it was extremely popular as it explained how an incandescent lamp produces light in an easy-to-understand manner.  On February 11, 1918, Latimer became one of the 28 charter members of the Edison Pioneers; the only African -American in this prestigious, highly selective group. 

Latimer’s children had a book of his poems printed in 1925 in honor of his 77th birthday. The poems are sensitive and complement Latimer’s designation as a “Renaissance Man” who painted, played the flute, wrote poetry and plays.  Search the Queens Borough Public Library website to find out more about Lewis Latimer.  Watch here for more stories of Black notables.