S: Junior Tennis Champions Center School Edition 1 Fall 2009 - Spring 2011
FC: Junior Tennis Champions Center School
1: Junior Tennis Champions Center School | "Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and diligence." Abigail Adams
3: About our partnership with Laurel Springs School in Ojai, CA... "Laurel Springs School is an accredited private online school, offering challenging programs for grades K–12. With college prep academics, including Advanced Placement (AP), Honors, and Gifted and Talented programs." (http://www.laurelsprings.com) At the JTCC, we have found Laurel Springs' curriculum to be challenging and college preparatory. The coordination between our Laurel Springs' enrollment adviser, the JTCC teachers, the parents and the Laurel Springs' college advisers is exemplary. We, at the JTCC School, strive to provide the best classroom environment and an academic experience that meets the needs of the students and their family. Using Laurel Springs' curriculum as our base, the JTCC School provides instructional support, guidance, motivation and wet labs as well as direct instruction. Our program is challenging for our students which provides excellent preparation for any university's Division I varsity tennis program. Our graduates have been accepted to Duke University, Harvard University, Texas A&M, University of South Carolina, Dartmouth University, Penn State University, University of Michigan, UCLA and numerous others.
4: My name is Michelle Ming. Co-Director & Teacher | I am responsible for the mathematics, science and Spanish instruction in our JTCC School.I became a member of the staff in the 2007-2008 school year. I attended Colorado State University and received a B.S. in Mathematics with an emphasis in secondary education. I have since then attended graduate school with the intent of attaining a Master's of Education. I am married and have two school-aged children. After having taught high school mathematics for nearly ten years, I chose to spend one year in private industry as a Software Test Engineer for a NASA contractor, another year as a STE for a POS company and then two years as a Technology Coordinator for DeMatha Catholic High School. One of my greatest teaching achievements is being nominated for Teacher of the Year at Thomas Jefferson High School in Colorado. Being a lifelong learner, I believe that education is a powerful value that I hope to impart to all of my students. | Our Staff
5: My name is Mark Santangelo. Co-Director & Teacher | I am responsible for Literature, Humanities and PE/Health instruction as well as tracking student progress and communicating to parents about student progress. I became a member of the JTCC staff in 2006-2007 school year. I am from New Jersey, where I attended public schools in Lawrenceville. From there, I attended Yale University, graduating in 1991 with a Bachelors of Arts in History. I moved to the Washington area in 1993, and entered the graduate program in American History at George Washington University, receiving a Masters in Philosophy in 1998. I am married and have two school-aged children. I am the co-author of The Medical Follow-up Agency: The First Fifty Years, 1946-1996 (National Academy Press, 1999), and have written several articles for peer-reviewed academic journals. I have also presented a number of papers at academic conferences. Reading is a passion for me. I created a book club for our JTCC students to encourage them to read outside of the classroom and to learn how to discuss books intelligently with a group of their peers.
6: Our Teacher Aides - our parents | Carmen Javellana, Maria Adams, Yonco "Chris" Mermersky and Fonda Downing have been invaluable in their service to our classroom and our students. | Yonco "Chris" Mermersky 2010-2011 | Carmen Javellana 2009-Present | Fonda Downing 2007-Present | Maria Adams 2008-2011
7: "Teachers open the door, but you must enter by yourself." Chinese Proverb | Maryana Kolinchak 2009-2010
8: Our classroom is set up in 4 work stations: 2 teachers each working with 4 students, computer stations and a lab station. We have several full bookshelves containing reference and reading materials.
9: So Many Books, So Little Time | Back To School! | Our class pet Gecko LG!! | A class project for the middle school students turned into a major painting project. The students had a chance to be creative.
10: Laurel Springs School offers college-preparatory courses in all subjects areas including science, mathematics, literature, history and foreign language as well as offering honors and advanced placement courses. | For example, Earth Science and Chemistry | Also, Algebra through Calculus | The Biology labs have been conducted by a retired physician and our Chemistry labs have been conducted by a parent who has a PhD in Organic Chemistry. The equipment is purchased by each student from Labpaq.com
11: We provide one teacher to 4 student ratio; individualized attention, computer workstations and wet labs- not virtual.
12: Shaun Nguyen | Sydney Rider | Austin Siegel | Spanish Exploration
13: Laurel Springs School offers several foreign language options for both middle and high school students. There are workbooks, textbooks and cultural projects often associated with the high school courses. Our Spanish classes are asked to make a dish from one of the Spanish-speaking countries in the world and share it with their family. However, since some of our students are from out-of-state, we created a cooking project in the classroom where we make Spanish dishes and share them with the staff and coaches. This way, the students are able to write a report on the reaction of others to their dish and fulfill the requirements of the project even though they are not living with their family. We have made empanadas, quesadillas, pupusas,bunuelos, tostones, galletas, Feijoada and Tico Rice to name a few of the dishes. | Foreign Languages | FIESTA
15: The Field Trip to the Newseum was one of the 3 field trips that we take each year. Since we are located in the DC Metro area, we are able to take advantage of the subway system and the wealth of history that we have access to in downtown DC. | Newseum Sports Theatre
16: Our commitment to Community Service | "Everybody can be great...because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love." — Martin Luther King Jr.
17: Each JTCC student is expected to complete 30 hours annually of community service hours. In the JTCC School we provide 2-3 opportunities each school year to earn community service hours. Participating in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service is one of those opportunities. The students participated in a project sponsored by Greater DC Cares on Jan. 17, 2011. Thanks goes to all students who were able to participate.
18: Since May 2009 we have had a Continuation Ceremony to commemorate the achievements of our students academically and on the tennis court. The ceremony is a form of graduation and is focused on all of our JTCC graduating high school seniors. | CONTINUATION CEREMONIES
19: Continuation Celebration May 2010
20: We have an annual Holiday Party for all of our JTCC players during the day. All of the staff is invited and parents along with the JTCC provide food, drinks and entertainment. | Happy Holidays 2010
21: Our 2010 Holiday Party featured one of our staffmembers, Bob Verdun on guitar, Nadia Gizdova on guitar, Mia Gancayco, Teresia, Blest and Justice and Michelle Ming on vocals. | Happy Holidays 2010
22: Continuation Ceremony May 2011 | The Honorable Adrian Fenty- Keynote Speaker | Andrew Adams was our graduating senior from the full-day JTCC School program.
23: Our JTCC Continuation Ceremony honors all of our JTCC graduates. In total, we had 15 graduates this year. | Congratulations to all of our 2011 graduates | Many thanks to Mia Gancayco and Nadia Gizdova who lent their musical talents to our program. | Andrew Adams Ankur Bhargava Abdoulaye Camara Beatrice Capra Van Damrongsri Joe Dorn Mitchell Frank Christina Harrington Collin Johns Anton Kovrigin Ned Mandel Skylar Morton Philip Nelson Michael Retta Henry Steer
24: Our Senior Director of Tennis - Vesa Ponkka; Senior Director of Competition and Coaching - Chuck Kriese; Director of High Performance-Komi "Oliver" Akli; nd Senior Professional - Kyle Bailey shared words of encouragement, and wisdom with the graduates. | Continuation Ceremony May 2011
25: The event was held inside our third tennis bubble. Each student was honored individually with a token of recognition and a certificate of recognition. We are proud of our student-athletes and wish them all the best in their future endeavors. | Continuation Ceremony May 2011
26: Continuation Ceremony May 2011
27: A great time was had by all! Our encouragement to our graduates is to Always Give Your Best!! | 2011