MVLA Scholars supports first-gen college applicants

As the school year starts, seniors are beginning the process of applying to college. On top of all the essays students must write to apply, Mountain View High graduate Ana Sofía Garay said she remembers having to write scholarship applications as well.

But she didn’t do it alone. Now a sophomore at USC, Garay received help from Mountain View High’s Advancement Via Individual Determination program, which works closely with MVLA Scholars to provide college mentors, scholarship opportunities and internships to low-income, first-generation juniors and seniors in the district.

Swing Education aims to fill sub shortage


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Swing Education aims to end the substitute teacher shortage out of a dog-friendly office in San Mateo.

Swing Education, a company founded by three Gunn High School graduates, is trying to end the substitute teacher shortage.

There’s been a nationwide teacher shortage over the past five years, and with it comes a substitute teacher shortage. So when teachers attend a conference or get sick – or their kids are sick – schools are scrambling to fill their positions. Enter Swing.

LA-rooted One Dollar For Life thrives


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Teens lay cinder blocks to build the walls of a classroom during a 2014 One Dollar For Life trip to Nicaragua.

Robert Freeman didn’t intend to start One Dollar For Life.

In 2007, he was a social studies teacher at Los Altos High School. He felt his students growing disenchanted – their parents were losing their jobs, their friends were losing their homes. Los Altos kids might have been well-off as a whole, but some students were really struggling, and the others were tuned in to the nationwide economic hardship.

Y Full STEAM Ahead inspires teens


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Mountain View High senior Ashwin Hingwe, left, works with Y Full STEAM Ahead participants.

Despite an abundance of cutting-edge technology a stone’s throw away, many Silicon Valley youth from low-income families have limited exposure to the inner workings of high-tech companies.

Underserved students may lack access to technology learning experiences and exposure to science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) career opportunities. The absence of technology in the lives of underprivileged youth can hinder their exploration of their true potential.

Retired math teachers establish scholarships for future educators

Once Jim and Louise Dunaway retired from teaching math in the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District, the couple knew they wanted to help others get into the profession they love.

Four years ago, they began contacting their alma maters about establishing scholarships for students pursuing careers in math education. The first round of scholarships in the Dunaways’ name were awarded in 2017 to Fresno State (where Jim earned his undergraduate degree), San Jose State (where he earned his teaching credential) and the University of Mount Union (where Louise earned her undergraduate degree).

Krause Center sponsors tech training for women


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Clelia Villalta is studying computer science at Foothill College and works in the Krause Center for Innovation’s makerspace on the side. She said her favorite machine is the Carvey, which carves 3-D shapes based on a computer program.

Women will flood Foothill College’s Krause Center for Innovation this month for the center’s first makerspace coordinator certification program.

A makerspace is a place to make something new, a place to be an inventor. But the center’s Innovator in Residence Lisa DeLapo noticed that the people running makerspaces usually all look the same.


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