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OCI Focus On Staff: Laurel Duckworth

By Eileen Holladay —  OAKHURST — Laurel Duckworth says she became a teacher because she wanted to spend as much time as possible with her sons, Shane and Ian. Inspired by her own mother, also an educator, Mrs. Duckworth has been teaching for 20 years; this is her ninth year at Oak Creek Intermediate. She enjoys teaching math and PE, ...

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Focus On OCI Staff: Amy Smith

OAKHURST — This week we are focusing on one of our 6th grade teachers, Ms. Amy Smith. She has been teaching for thirteen years in total, but has only taught for five years in Oakhurst, and loves it! When Ms. Smith graduated from high school she went to college to become a biologist. After completing two years toward her biology ...

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Focus On OCI Staff: Erik Peterson

By Paige Bartlett —  OAKHURST — We have a fabulous teacher at Oak Creek Intermediate (OCI); his name is Mr. Erik Peterson. We wanted to ask him a few questions about his teaching career and background. Mr. Peterson has taught for 28 years. Before his move to Oakhurst, he taught at Simi Valley High School, McKinley Elementary, Spencer V. Williams ...

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Madera And Mariposa County School Job Fair

COUNTY — Local schools and districts are holding a common hiring fair on Thursday, Sept. 27, with a variety of positions said to be available in a number of areas. The event is free and open to the public. Madera and Mariposa County School Districts, Charter Schools and County Offices are seeking to fill various positions including teacher, administrator, clerical ...

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Local School Postpones Opening Due To Teacher Shortage

YOSEMITE — When schools around the area open their doors this week, one local favorite will not be among them. Set in Yosemite National Park, Yosemite-Wawona Elementary Charter School offers a multi-age classroom for transitional kindergarten through eighth grade students, with project-based curriculum designed to foster curiosity and life-long learning. The public charter school is tuition-free. Yosemite-Wawona students receive a unique education, ...

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