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2017 All-Star Teacher finalist Dale Waldo

2017 All-Star Teacher finalist Dale Waldo

Mr. Waldo began teaching in 2001 after spending 23 years in private industry in Sales and Technology Management positions with several multi-national companies. In 2001 he started as an Intern teacher at Folsom Cordova Unified School District at Mitchell Middle School teaching technology to middle school students. He got his teaching credential from Project Pipeline the same year. Mr. Waldo has taught 6th, 7th and 8th graders throughout his entire teaching career. He currently teaches 6 – 8th grade Project Lead The Way classes and is trained in ten of the GTT units. Mr. Waldo has coached Track and also is the MineCraft Club and Engineering Club Advisor at his current middle school, Folsom Middle School.

Mr. Waldo believes strongly in the importance of student engagement and hands learning environment. Mr. Waldo is constantly adapting and refining curricula that will engage all students and give them a Life Long Learning experience.  Examples of Mr. Waldo’s commitment to student learning is his constant drive to get materials to make his student’s learning environment better such as power tools donated by Harbor Freight and soliciting enough funds to acquire eight 3D printers. His students are able to learn Additive and Subtractive Manufacturing in middle school which is ahead of the usual timeframe. 

Mr. Waldo in his first year at FMS converted an old classroom into a fully functioning Fabrication room with multiple woodworking tools (Subtractive Manufacturing). The next year he began to acquire 3D printers and created an Additive Manufacturing environment for his students.

Mr. Waldo has spent his entire sixteen years teaching in the Folsom Cordova USD after his twenty-three years in industry. He is often heard saying to students “BEST Day Ever!” 

Mr Waldo has a Business Administration Degree from CSU Chico and has been a PLTW teacher for twelve of his sixteen years of teaching. He spent several years as a Master Teacher for PLTW training new teachers to PLTW at colleges and Universities throughout the U.S. during the summer months.

In 2014 Mr. Waldo received the PLTW California Middle School Teacher of the Year Award.

Mr.Waldo has been married to his lovely wife, Diana, for thirty years and has two awesome children Tyler and Jennifer “JJ”. Tyler graduated from CSU Chico with a Degree in Business Information Systems and JJ is pursuing a Doctorate Degree in STEM Cell Research.

If he is fortunate enough to win the All Star teacher award, Mr. Waldo plans to use the $20,000 to complete the Folsom Middle School Makers Lab where all teachers can engage their students in Hands On Learning.

Mr. Waldo truly makes everyday “The Best Day Ever” for his students!

Bay Area athletes react to deadly mass shooting in Las Vegas


Bay Area athletes react to deadly mass shooting in Las Vegas

At least 50 people were killed and more than 200 wounded when a gunman opened fire on an outdoor music festival on the Las Vegas Strip in the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

Current and former Bay Area athletes woke up to the tragic news. Here's how the players and teams reacted:


The Associated Press contributed to this report.

What they're saying: Athletes, teams remember victims of 9/11


What they're saying: Athletes, teams remember victims of 9/11

On the 16th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Bay Area athletes and teams took to social media to honor the victims of that tragic day.

#NeverForget the tragic attacks on 9/11/2001. We remember the lives lost, and honor all first responders and service members who have served and are serving to protect our safety and freedom. #PatriotDay (#Repost @winsforwarriors) On the 16th Anniversary of the attacks on 9/11, we remember the over 3,000 lives lost that day, and we recognize the heroic first responders and service members who have pledged their lives to our safety and freedom. On Saturday we hosted the inaugural Patriot Ruck to show our strength and support in numbers for these incredible Americans. "We are here for the police officer who risks his or her life every day to keep us safe. We are here for the firefighter who willingly enters a burning building to save a complete stranger. We are here for the EMT who is constantly on call to respond to emergencies at a moment’s notice. There are currently Service Members deployed all around the world in harm’s way willing to sacrifice themselves for our freedoms, as many of you in the crowd have done, and will do in the future. This Patriot Ruck is an opportunity for the community to recognize those who serve, to meet them, and to walk beside them. This Monday, September 11th the nation will commemorate Patriot Day. Whether you served before the attacks of 9/11 or were inspired as a result of them, we as a nation owe you a debt of gratitude." -LtCol Brian Mulvihill, United States Marine Corps #PatriotDay #NeverForget #UnitedWeStand #PatriotRuck #RuckToHonor #WinsForWarriors #UAFreedom (📸: J Singleton)

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