English Department Chair
• Master of Arts in Teaching, University of Southern California
• Bachelor of Arts in English, Ohio State University
As an undergraduate at Ohio State, Mr. Doute was active and involved with many different clubs and organizations. He instituted The Ohio State University at Lima Student Senate where he served as class president for its inaugural year. He was also a member of the many OSU honor societies and clubs: Phi Kappa Phi, Alpha Lambda Delta, Phi Eta Sigma, National Society for Collegiate Scholars, and the Buckeye Scholars. As for his literary talents, he has published poetry and photography in the OSU at Lima literary journal, The Hog Creek Review (2008), and he has developed comprehensive case studies on language acquisition while at USC.
Mr. Doute is highly qualified teacher with strong leadership skills. He has earned two degrees in Teaching and a single subject teaching credential in English. For the past two years, he has taught in the Los Angeles area, working to build the academic, social, and personal development of his students. He worked with students one-to-one, and in small and large groups in order to develop the students’ verbal and written expression, including grammar, vocabulary, reading comprehension, and all writing genres. He has prepared students for University study in all disciplines by training them in critical-reading, writing, and synthesizing ideas about topics across the curriculum.
What is your favorite food dish? Colombian lengua with platanos meduros fritos and empanadas
What is your favorite sports team? The USC Trojans-Fight On!
What is your favortie book? Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad, The Hobbit/The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkein, The Divine Comedy by Dante
What is your favorite Poem? Invictus by William Ernest Henley
Who are you inspired by? The Dalai Lama, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and my students
History/Social Sciences Department Chair
- Bachelor of Arts, Political Science and History, University of California Riverside
Mathematics Department Chair
• Bachelor of Arts in Geography, University of California at Santa Barbara
Mr. Ihara has been a math teacher for the past ten years in the Coachella Valley, which is where he grew up. He attended UC Santa Barbara as a Geography major. After achieving his Bachelor’s degree, Mr. Ihara spent a year teaching in Higashi-Hiroshima Japan for the Nova Group teaching English. Mr. Ihara has spent time living in the Torrance CA area as well substitute teaching before becoming a fully credentialed mathematics teacher from Brandman University. At the present, Mr. Ihara is finishing up a Master’s degree from Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law.
My name is George Ihara and I am excited to be teaching you this year. I have been a math teacher in my hometown of La Quinta California for the nine years. I am honored to be working in such a high achieving school at a wonderful site where our professionalism is the best of the best. With changes in education, we will be addressing new content standards and various ways in which material is delivered. Our focus is more geared toward problem solving with math and utilizing the high order thinking skills that will prepare our students for higher math classes, college, and the skills necessary for living a well rounded life. This will not be the Algebra class that your mother took in high school. The vision of the future down the road is to use the internet and other technologies to bring the classroom to the student and place the responsibility of learning on the person being taught. This will not be a process that will happen radically. Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day. As an educator my goal is to facilitate and apply my knowledge of what, when, and where, but it will be the responsibility of the student to answer why. There has never been a time where our way of thinking has been so multi-layered between content, creativity, problem solving, rigor, fluency, and accuracy. As we all adapt to this new wave of education I invite you to step up to the challenge and push yourself to the potential that got you this far. I know that you can do it. Thank you and I look forward to working with you throughout the year.
Science Department Chair
• Master of Science in Medical Genetics, Tehran University
• Bachelor of Science in Cell & Molecular Biology, Tehran University
Performing and Fine Arts Coordinator
• Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theatre Arts/Dance, Howard University
Ms. April Thomas is a native of Spartangurg, SC and began her training at Howard University where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Theatre Arts/Dance. She studied with Walter Nicks, Joan Myers Brown, Sandra Fortune-Green, Dr.Sherill Berryman-Johnson, Kevin lega Jeff, Harold Pierson, Assane Konte, Pat Thomas, Luther Fontaine and many others. April received a scholarship to study at the American Dance Festival and interned with prominent dance companies including David Rousseve/Reality, Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE, and Garth Fagan Dance Company. She joined the Lula Washington Dance Theatre in 2001 where she still performs as a guest artist, and serves as a Dance Instructor and Assistant Booking Manager. She has since landed roles on, BET’s Comic View,”That’s so Raven”,”Something New”,”Avatar”,”Bolden”,” Walk Hard”,”Raiding the Rock Vault”,and”The NFL Show on FOX.” She has performed with Mary J. Blige, Usher, Beyonce, Shakira, Missy Elliot, Destiny’s Child, Snoop Dogg and Internationally with A.I. April is also an assistant to acclaimed choreographer Hi Hat in which she has assisted with various artists such as Pink, Shakira, Rihanna, Willow Smith, Selena Gomez, Starshell and for television shows “Victorious” and “Big Time Rush”. Her choreographic credits include the film ” Watermelon Heist” and “Testing”, an excerpt fromof “the production of “You Don’t Know Me-An Urban Musical”,produced by Cedric the Entertainer and Bruce Willis. April began working for Celerity Nascent Charter School in 2012 and will now be a Dance Teacher at Orion International Academy starting 2013. She enjoys the oppornity to share her God given talent and knowledge with her students and to watch them grow in the arts and excel in their personal growth and accomplishments. April’s greatest achievements are the blessings that come from her two children,Tyler Wilkins and Kerrick Wilkins II. She believes that she “can do all things through Christ who strengthens her.”
What’s your favorite dish? I love good food….lol
What’s your favorite movie? The Grinch and Ace Ventura. I love Jim Carey
What’s your favorite book or author? Fred Price, Creflo Dollar or Joyce Myers
What’s your favorite Poem? Strange fruit and Four Women- Nina Simone