Mari Tere Rojas     District 6 Board Member

 
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AS PROPOSED BY BOARD MEMBER MARI TERE ROJAS,
THE MIAMI-DADE SCHOOL BOARD RECOGNIZED
DR. NILZA KALLOSE, FOR BEING A PIONEER IN THE FIGHT AGAINST BREAST CANCER

As proposed by Board Member Mari Tere Rojas, the School Board recognized renowned radiologist Nilza Kallos, M.D. for her scientific and technical accomplishments which benefit all women in preventing and curing breast cancer, as we celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Dr. Kallos combines her clinical and imaging expertize to diagnose, counsel, and direct her patients’ healthcare needs. She was a pioneer in all aspects of breast imaging and women’s ultrasound to include pelvic, abdomen, and thyroid procedures and diagnosis.
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She opened the first Multimodality Breast Center in Florida and continues to lead the community with new technologies and techniques. She was the first to offer Tomosynthesis 3D breast imaging in Miami, Florida, and the first to install “C-View” software to decrease radiation exposure to half of her patients.

“It is a great honor for me to present this resolution honoring Dr. Nilza Kallos, a thoughtful and inspirational leader in the breast-imaging community. What better way to recognize National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in Miami-Dade County Public Schools than by honoring and recognizing Dr. Kallos, an inspiring and caring breast cancer expert in South Florida,” Ms. Rojas said.

 
AS PROPOSED BY BOARD MEMBER MARI TERE ROJAS,
THE MIAMI-DADE SCHOOL BOARD RECOGNIZED
FRANKLIN SIRMANS, DIRECTOR OF THE PEREZ ART MUSEUM MIAMI
FOR HIS CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE COMMUNITY

As proposed by Board Member Mari Tere Rojas, the School Board recognized Mr. Franklin Sirmans, director of the Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) for his contributions to the community. Mr. Sirmans began his tenure at PAMM in October 2015. Prior to this assignment, Mr. Sirmans was the Department Head and Curator of Contemporary Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art from 2010 to 2015. From 2006 to 2010, Mr. Sirmans served as the Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at The Menil Collection in Houston, he was the Artistic Director of the Third International Arts Biennial Project, Prospect New Orleans, in New Orleans. From January 2006 to January 2009, Mr. Sirmans worked as Curatorial Advisor at P. S. 1 Contemporary Art Center in New York City.

Mr. Sirmans has brought to PAMM an extensive background and experiences from numerous large institutions and has a proven track record of electrifying communities. He is the ideal person to lead this incredible museum in a city that now is well-known as an arts destination and home to a vivacious blend of cultures and traditions. “It is a great honor for me to present this resolution honoring Mr. Franklin Sirmans, Director of the Perez Art Museum Miami. Mr. Sirmans is passionate about community engagement and has shown his dedication to art and education. The new partnership between M-DCPS and PAMM grants a free pass to every single student in our district, and an accompanying parent. For that, I am grateful,” Ms. Rojas said.

 
COMMUNITY MEMBERS ATTEND
BOARD MEMBER MARI TERE ROJAS’ TOWN HALL MEETING
AT MIAMI SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL

Miami-Dade County School Board Member Mari Tere Rojas held her final town hall meeting of the 2017-2018 school year at Miami Senior High School on April 4, 2018. The town hall event provided valuable information to members of the community on topics such as Intergovernmental Relations, the General Obligation Bond, and Safety and Security.

In addition, students were honored for various accomplishments and schools in the Miami area, highlighted their programs through musical performance, and school exhibits. 
“This event allowed all stakeholders in the community an opportunity to witness the magic that is being created in District 6 schools and throughout Miami-Dade County Public Schools. In addition, attendees enjoyed informative presentation on topics that are fodder for conversation throughout our communities. I’d like to thank everyone involved in making this event possible,” Ms. Mari Tere Rojas said.

 
AS PROPOSED BY BOARD MEMBER BOARD MEMBER MARI TERE ROJAS, THE MIAMI-DADE SCHOOL BOARD RECOGNIZED
THE 2018 AFSCME SUPPORT PERSONNEL OF THE YEAR
FOR THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS TO M-DCPS

As proposed by Board Member Mari Tere Rojas, the School Board recognized the 2018 AFSCME Support Personnel of the Year Winners for their numerous contributions to the excellence in education in Miami-Dade County Public Schools. The annual award program is a countywide project, which provides deserved recognition to AFSCME support personnel and serves to highlight the positive aspects of their contributions.

The 2018 AFSCME Support Personnel of the Year Recognition Dinner was held last February, at the Doubletree by Hilton Miami Airport and Convention Center.

The winners were:
Food & Nutrition: Angela Johnson, Food Service Manager III, Aventura Waterways K-8 Center and the 2018 AFSCME Support Personnel of the Year for Miami-Dade County Public Schools.
Maintenance: Treadwell Smith, Head Custodian, Facilities Operations-Maintenance Service Center 1
Transportation: Timothy Jones, School Bus Driver Trainer, Department of Transportation
Plant Operations: Portia Williams, Head Custodian, Fulford Elementary School

 
Board Member Mari Tere Rojas at her Inaugural Holiday Giveaway

Miami-Dade County School Board Member Mari Tere Rojas held her inaugural toy giveaway event on Saturday, December 16, 2017 at Coral Gables Preparatory Academy for needy families in District 6. Recognizing the need that many members of the community face during the holidays, Board Member Rojas provided toys to children chosen by District 6 schools. The families enjoyed a breakfast door prizes, and pictures with Santa Claus.

“This event allowed us to bring smiles to the faces of needy children from District 6 schools. For many children, these are the only toys they will receive during the holidays and this may be their only opportunity to meet and greet Santa Claus. This was truly a community effort and I thank everyone that made this possible,” Ms. Mari Tere Rojas said.

 
School Board Member Mari Tere Rojas and
City of Miami Commissioner Francis Suarez celebrate
Read Across America Day at Silver Bluff Elementary

School Board Member Mari Tere Rojas and City of Miami Commissioner Francis Suarez celebrated Read Across America on March 2nd with students and teachers at Silver Bluff Elementary. Ms. Rojas and Commissioner Suarez read Green Eggs and Ham, by Dr. Seuss, to an excited group of first grade students, celebrating reading and the 113th birthday of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss. During the visit, students enjoyed a tasting of green eggs and ham.

On March 2, 2017, the National Education Association's Read Across America initiative will mark nineteen years of celebrating reading and the 113th birthday of Dr. Seuss.

Each year, in cities and towns across the nation, communities come together to celebrate Read Across America Day and bring the joy and excitement of reading to children of all ages.

 
 
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