FAAN donates more iPads to local schools

Families Advocating Autism Now has struck again with donations to teachers continuing the education of those students on the autism spectrum.

Fatima Naylor on behalf of FAAN said, "It is with pleasure that I announce that these individuals have been awarded an iPad2 to assist them in their continued education of students on the spectrum."

Recently, Karla Maldonado of South Fortuna Elementary School, Jennifer Fowler of Eureka High School, Terry Pambianco of Zane Middle School, Greg Rowe of Arcata High School, Birgit Semsrott of Blue Lake Elementary School, Lisa Saria of Arcata High School, and Erica Roane of HCOE Special Beginnings all received new iPad2s for their classrooms.

To date, FAAN has awarded approximately 35 iPads to local educators.

"FAAN believes in these teachers and wants them to be prepared to support the incoming flux of children diagnosed with autism," Naylor said. "We are working on an event for Autism Awareness Month in April -- Ales for Autism."

Fortuna South School recipient Karla Maldonado said that as a teacher for children with special needs, having an organization like FAAN in my community was an inspiration.

"The gift of the iPad allows my students to access another learning tool in the classroom," she said. "My students can independently access curriculum and also become engaging learners in the process. Students also feel successful and this allows them to reach higher potentials. My students use the IPad to access leveled reading books, use communication tools and a variety of math activities. Not only is the iPad a great educational tool, it is highly motivating to students."

For more information about FAAN or how you can help secure more iPads for our educators contact P.O. Box 251, Eureka 95502, 498-1724, visit their Facebook page, or email faaninfo@gmail.com.

Photo by Heather Nyberg-Schlotzhauer/Beacon

Top, from left: Lisa Saria, Arcata High School; Karla Maldonado, South Fortuna Elementary; Erica Roane, Humboldt County Office of Education. Middle, from left: Middle Felicia Costa, Becky Hooven, FAAN board members; Gregory Rowe, Arcata High School; Lanore Bergenske, Toddy Thomas Middle School; Terry Pambianco, Zane Middle School, Birgit Semsrott, Blue Lake Elementary; Jennifer Fowler, Eureka High School; Shannon Maciel, FAAN board member. Bottom, from left: Shayla Verbich, FAAN treasurer; Courtney Burman, FAAN board member and Fatima Naylor, FAAN president