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Meet Dublin Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Leslie Boozer

August 25, 2016

DUBLIN, CA–The Dublin Unified School District has a new Superintendent to lead Dublin schools through a period of unprecedented growth and change. Dr. Leslie Boozer, who earned a Doctor in Education from Harvard University and was most recently Superintendent for the Fontana Unified School District, sat down with to share her vision for Dublin public education.

IMG_2653 You completed grad school with a degree in law and started your career as an attorney. What drew you to education?

Dr. Leslie Boozer: “I loved law school and the study of law. When I was practicing law, I was a litigator for a big firm and I realized I wanted to do something more in public service. When I thought about what made me the happiest and had the greatest impact on my life it was always school. I had to move around quite a bit growing up; my father worked for State Farm and was transferred a lot, so I ended up moving in the 2nd, 4th, 6th and 8th grades. Every time I went to a new school I realized how welcomed, supported and cared for I was by the teachers and staff, and I loved school. I moved out to Los Angeles at a time when they were recruiting for teachers and kept seeing billboards about openings. During law school I was as a teaching assistant and loved teaching, and realized that was where my heart was. I spoke with some of the high school teachers I’d kept in touch with, shared my interest in teaching and they believed it was a perfect fit for me. Ever since I’ve known education was the right path for me.” How did your experience as a classroom teacher, working with children, impact you personally?

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Dublin High School Alum Joshua Hunt on the Journey to Becoming an Eagle Scout

August 22, 2016

Joshua Hunt, Dublin High School alum and Liberty University freshman, is among the 2% of Boy Scouts to earn the title of Eagle Scout. After speaking with Hunt about what it takes to become an Eagle Scout, it is not surprising that only 2% are up for the task. After moving to Dublin from Hawaii at the age of 12, Hunt didn’t know anyone in his new home and saw the boy scouts as a perfect opportunity to gain a sense of belonging and make new friends. Not only did the boy scouts provide Hunt with a new group of companions, but with invaluable life skills as well.

Joshua Hunt Eagle Scout

During his time with his Dublin Troop 905, which is student-led, Hunt participated in a diverse array of activities in the pursuit of his merit badges. Some of the merit badges Hunt earned included personal management, camping, hiking, swimming, personal fitness, rifle shooting, archery, and even fingerprinting. While most people easily associate activities like camping with the boy scouts, Hunt said, “you learn a lot of life skills from being in the scouts that many people don’t ever think of.” For example, to earn his merit badge in personal management, Hunt set a budget that he was required to adhere to for 90 days and learned about how bonds work in the process. Hunt also discovered interests and talents that he never knew he had before, like his knack for rifle and shotgun shooting. “Getting a merit badge can really help you form new interests,” said Hunt, “they can also help you figure out what kind of career you want in the future.”

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YouTuber and Physicist Dianna Cowern on Creating Physics Girl

August 16, 2016

We continue our popular Women in STEM Series of interviews with MIT physicist Dianna Cowern, known to millions of YouTube viewers as Physics Girl (created with the support of PBS Digital Studios). Dianna is a science communicator and educator who received her BS in physics from MIT before researching low-metallicity stars at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and designing iPad apps as a software engineer at GE. She then pursued her career in STEM outreach working as an educator at the Reuben H Fleet Science Center and as a physics outreach coordinator at UCSD. Her work on Physics Girl has been featured on the Huffington Post, Slate Magazine, Popular Science, and Scientific American blogs.

headshotDiannaCowern At what point, in high school or college, did science and physics click?

Dianna Cowern: “It was a series of things in high school where physics answered the questions I’d be asking about the world. I do remember a moment during an astronomy class where we were learning about neutron stars. I’d learned about neutrons, protons and particles and found out that neutron stars are so dense that the neutrons are basically touching. That was mind-blowing because of how far apart these particles are in an atom, and that a neutron star has so much mass and so much gravity that the neutrons touch. That was the moment when I went yup, I’m a nerd – I love this stuff!

“I was really lucky in high school, my physics teacher was fantastic. I credit her for being one of the key reasons I pursued physics in college. Unfortunately we didn’t get to E&M [electricity and magnetism], we just did classical mechanics in high school. I also took a conceptual course on quantum mechanics from a teacher at my high school who had earned a physics degree at MIT.” How do you counter the perceptions that ‘physics is too hard’, ‘I could never handle physics, or ‘I’m not smart enough for physics’?

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Pharmacy Major and Dublin High School Alum Alicia Tran on Hands Up for Haiti

August 11, 2016

It was always my dream to travel to impoverished countries and help people through healthcare and education. My grandfather passed away due to a skin infection during a trip to Vietnam, a country without great healthcare, and I was inspired to provide healthcare to those in need. My weeklong medical mission trip through Hands Up for Haiti was easily one of the best and most life-changing weeks of my life. Hands Up for Haiti is a non-profit and medical humanitarian organization whose mission is to provide healthcare, guidance, and education to those of Northern Haiti. As an upcoming second year pharmacy student I’ve had doubts about being in pharmacy school  because I was not a big fan of giving drugs to people. I was always interested in providing disease prevention through nutrition and health education to avoid taking drugs. However, Hands Up for Haiti opened my mind to the wonders of medicine and helped instill a passion for helping children and their families through clinical pharmacy and health education.

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For our first six nights in Haiti, we stayed at the Open Door Ministry hostel and the place immediately became like a second home even though the living conditions were very different from my home in the United States. For instance, the sink water was not safe to rinse our mouths in so it was crucial to use bottled water when brushing our teeth. Showers were like military showers since water is very limited. In addition, mosquito repellent was to be worn from day to night, and we slept with mosquito nets. Before we knew it, putting on mosquito repellent became second nature. Living in these conditions opened my eyes as to how fortunate Americans are to have easy access to clean water.

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From DeVry to Stanford: Dublin’s Robert Morales on Becoming a Biomedical Engineer

August 7, 2016

DUBLIN, CA–As a result of his hard work, determination, and focus, Robert Morales, a DeVry University Class of 2016 graduate and Dublin High School Class of 2013 alum, started work at Stanford Medical Center as a biomedical engineer this summer. Morales sat down with to share his experiences in the biomedical field and how he got to where he is today. Just three years ago, Morales chose to enroll in DeVry University in Fremont because of DeVry’s expedited program in biomedical engineering. DeVry’s program, which has no long breaks, allowed Morales to finish his undergraduate degree in three years instead of four. Morales explained that the expedited program was beneficial because it requires focus and there is not much room for distraction.

Robert Morales

During his three years at DeVry, Morales took every opportunity possible to expand his knowledge in the biomedical field and to meet as many people as he could. In his first year, Morales joined a biomedical club that helped him get a solid grasp on what to look forward to in a biomedical career. During his time with the biomedical club, Morales took on roles such as VP of promotion and was elected president of the club during his senior year. In these roles, Morales got the chance to build his networking and leadership skills.

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Sisters at UCLA: Natalie and Tatiana Bouri’s Journey from Dublin High School to the City of Angels

July 31, 2016

DUBLIN, CA– sat down with Dublin High School Class of ’13 and Class of ’15 commencement alumni Natalie and Tatiana Bouri on their experiences attending UCLA together. This upcoming quarter, Natalie will be beginning her fourth and final year at UCLA, and Tatiana will begin her second. Here is what they have to say about their time at UCLA so far: What led you to choose UCLA and what are you studying there?

Natalie Bouri: “Coming out of high school, I knew I was interested in biology and the health field. I wasn’t entirely sure what I wanted to do specifically in college other than be a pre-med student, but I was already attracted to UCLA because of the medical center there and how invested they are in health field research. I also had visited UCLA a few years before and had fallen in love with the campus and I thought it would be a really good place to try something new.”

Tatiana Bouri: “I am studying business economics at UCLA and I am considering minoring in entrepreneurship or pursuing a double major in commerce. UCLA initially attracted me because of how incredible and positive the environment is there. UCLA has so many clubs and activities and being in LA for business is really good. UCLA is close to many internships and opportunities to get involved.”


Tatiana and Natalie How has Dublin High School prepared you for your time at UCLA?

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Thriving in the US Air Force Academy: Dublin High School Rebecca Beasley’s Cadet Journey

July 20, 2016

FB_IMG_1468943853845We’ve written about many students and stories of education excellence over the past eight years, but some capture the imagination of the community. Our first profile (written two years ago) of Dublin High School Class of 2012 alum and United States Air Force Academy Class of 2016 graduate Rebecca Beasley has been read over 8,600 times. Given the interest we sat down once again with Ms. Beasley, previously a Cadet and now a Second Lieutenant with a Bachelor of Science in Management and Minor in Spanish, to learn more about her Air Force Academy journey as an upperclassman and where she plans to go next. Describe the moment when President Obama congratulated you at your United States Air Force Academy graduation.

Rebecca Beasley: “There are 40 squadrons and I’m in the 39th, so over 700 people had been recognized before they got to me. I’d been sitting there waiting and anticipating for over two hours, worrying that I’d mess up, that I’d trip or salute wrong. When it was finally time for me to go I spoke with Deborah Lee James, Secretary of the Air Force, first, and then the President. I really wanted to say ‘Thank you Mr. President’ because how often are you going to get that opportunity? I walked forward and completely lost my train of thought and I think I said, ‘Thank you sir, Mr. President!’; I was a jumble. I remember shaking his hand, saluting him and running off the stage so happy, but I have no idea what he said to me! It was the most amazing experience in the world that was also a complete blur.

“It was really admirable that the President stood and shook every single graduate’s hand and saluted every graduate. We weren’t sure what to expect – was he actually going to stay there for every student? – but he did. It was very cool!”


President Obama congratulates Rebecca What was the most challenging moment, when it was easier after you got past that point?

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