Randall Redlien, Teacher of the Year for 2014-2015

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Teacher of the Year Randall Redlien assists student Natalie Baez with a challenging practice test.

About 15 years ago at the encouragement of his wife, a sixth grade teacher, he reluctantly agreed to tutor a young student in math with his spare time. Witnessing the student’s grades and self-esteem improve dramatically got him hooked. He increased his tutoring to 20-30 hours per week and soon had to turn down new students on a regular basis. After the next several years of working dawn to dusk seven days a week simultaneously as a full time financial professional and part time math tutor, Mr. Redlien noted two important realizations. First, there was a great need for quality math education in the Miami area. And second, it was time for him to pursue teaching full time. In 2009 despite a district hiring freeze at the time, Mr. Redlien earned his teaching certificate at MDC and immediately started hunting in earnest for a position. He says he knew in his heart when he walked into DASH for his interview that this was where he was meant to be.

Now in his sixth year at DASH, Mr. Redlien’s teaching assignments have included Intensive Math, Intensive Algebra I, Algebra I, Intensive Geometry, Regular & Honors Algebra II, Math Analysis/Trigonometry, Honors Pre-Calculus, and Advanced Topics. At the request of administration and his department, he has agreed to teach 7 classes per year when needed. He tutors during lunch (whether teaching 5 or 7 classes per year) on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. He does not mind that students from his own classes as well as students from other classes take advantage of this extra help he offers. Mr. Redlien has a reputation among students for his patience. He pushes them and demands performance but does not get upset when expectations aren’t met. “I admire so many of these young people for what they do despite the obstacles they have/had to overcome,” he said.

Mr. Redlien places high priority in his classroom on developing focus as a skill, on strengthening vocabulary as well as nonverbal representations such as detailed drawings, on students supporting their answers when challenged, on overcoming frustration, and on taking responsibility for oneself and one another.

November Feature Portfolio: Eddie Garcia

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ARTIST STATEMENT

OPPOSITES ATTRACT IN MY EYES. THE CONFLICTING EXTREMES OF HAPPINESS AND DARKNESS COME TOGETHER TO MAKE FUNNY, YET DRAMATIC DESIGNS. A SENSE OF HUMOR IS SOMEWHAT ALWAYS PRESENT IN MY PIECES. IT’S VERY IMPORTANT FOR ME TO LIKE WHAT I’M DOING AND ALWAYS PICK AN INSPIRATION THAT I CAN BUILD ON OR CHANGE. THE WHOLE PIECE STARTS WITH A GOOD CONCEPT AND A GOOD INSPIRATION BECAUSE IF I’M NOT 100 PERCENT SOLD ON EITHER OF THOSE I WOULDN’T BE ABLE TO CONTINUE WORKING ON IT. SINCE I’M CONSTANTLY THINKING ABOUT FASHION, MY ARTWORK REFLECTS THAT. MY ARTWORK ALWAYS HAS SOME ELEMENT CONNECTED TO FASHION, WHETHER IT HAS THE SAME COLOR PALETTE AS MY LATEST ASSIGNMENT OR THE SAME EXACT INSPIRATION AS ONE. THIS YEAR, I DECIDED TO CONNECT FASHION AND ART EVEN MORE WITH WEARABLE ART. THIS SHOWS ME THAT FASHION CAN BE MORE THAN JUST PRETTY CLOTHING.

-Eddie Garcia

“Lead 2 Feed” Takes DASH by Storm

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Mr. David Novack (left) CEO of YUM! Brands and the founder of Lead2Feed, along with MDCPS Superintendent Mr. Alberto Carvalho (right) congratulate DASH teacher Ms. Nunez-Hernandez

On October 30th, Zudannie Nunez-Hernandez, World History instructor at DASH, was honored at the district-wide Principal’s meeting for directing the leadership and service learning program, Lead 2 Feed, and placing number 2 in the nation for the Lead 2 Feed challenge.

Knowing that hunger is a prevalent issue in Miami-Dade County, the class of 2017 partnered with Camillus House to pick up and distribute casseroles on a monthly basis. According to Ms.Nunez-Hernandez, Camillus House received a cash donation of $5,000.00 because of the students’ efforts. Camillus House also received media coverage that increased the community’s awareness of their mission to fight hunger.

Students, of all grade levels, were also asked to donate casseroles, receiving around 8 hours of community service per donation. “Each [casserole] serves about 10 people…All in all, we fed about 2,000 people within the time frame that we collected casseroles,”  Nunez-Hernandez recalls.

Of course, none of the students walked away from this experience unchanged, learning to work together and discovering the active roles they can have in their community. Nunez-Hernandez was also able to acquire a fresh perspective from  this experience; realizing how easy it is for someone to live in their own circle, and learning to be less judgmental of those that are in unfortunate situations. She even learned something new from her students:

“Stepping back, and allowing my students to take on these roles,…and really listening to their ideas allowed me to become a much better leader. You need to listen to the people you are trying to lead.”

Shop and Sip to support the Young Designers Scholarship Fund

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Ocean Drive Magazine invites you and a guest are invited to Shop & Sip on Saturday, November 8 from 4 – 7 pm at the Melin Building, 3930 NE 2nd Ave. While enjoying an afternoon of Craft Cocktails, Shopping, and Philanthropy in the Miami Design District, participants will also Explore DASH on 23rd / Rush Hour, an exhibition of Student Photographs benefiting the Young Designers Scholarship Fund at Design and Architecture Senior High School.

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Louis Vuitton
Christian Louboutin Men
Emilio Pucci
Lanvin
Maison Martin Margiela
Dior Homme
Marni
Sebastien James
Jonathan Adler
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Berluti
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