There’s just over two weeks until the summer transfer window opens on July 1.One man expected to spend well in the market is incoming Chelsea manager Antonio Conte.And there are plenty of rumours on who the current head coach of Italy might be interested in. Check out the latest transfer news on the Blues by viewing the slideshow above. 3. Chelsea contact Lyon defender’s agent over summer transfer – Mundo Deportivo claim Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has approached Samuel Umtitis brother and agent, Yannick about a potential move to Stamford Bridge. Arsenal are said to also be considering a bid for the Lyon stopper, but the Blues look to be leading the race for his signature. However, Barcelona are also reportedly interested. 1. West Ham warning over Dimitri Payet – click the arrow above, right, to read more Chelsea transfer rumours – The Blues, according to the Mirror, are interested in signing Payet but have been told theres no chance the priceless playmaker will be sold. Chelseas scouts have reportedly urged manager Antonio Conte to make a move for the France international. 5 2. Antonio Conte eyeing Manchester United right back Matteo Darmian? – Conte is considering a move for Darmian, according to Bleacher Report insider Dean Jones, who claims Chelsea will enquire about the Italy internationals availability to establish whether he is a realistic target this summer. Darmian is currently playing for Conte at Euro 2016. 5. Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone still keen on re-signing Diego Costa? – Diego Costa has regularly been linked with a return to the Estadio Vicente Calderon during his two seasons at Chelsea, and Atletico manager Simeone is still interested. The Mirror state he has made the 27-year-old striker his priority signing as he targets a top centre forward in the summer. The Argentine will reportedly assess the Blues transfer activity under new manager Antonio Conte, in the hope of receiving a boost over Costas availability. 5 5 5 4. Paris Saint-Germain closing in on Chelsea target Romelu Lukaku? – Chelsea have been linked with a bid to re-sign Lukaku this summer, while Manchester United have also been credited with interest. According to reports from France though, PSG are leading the chase with everything allegedly in place for his move to the Parc des Princes to be completed. 5
UNIVERSAL CITY – They can turn science into game shows, history into classroom theater and school into a stage for lifelong learning. They’re the dynamos of the blackboard recalled by students years after chalk dust vanishes into daily life. On Friday, 16 of the 80,000 educators in Los Angeles County were named Teachers of the Year during the largest such contest in the state. Five of the winners hailed from San Fernando Valley area schools. “What you do will turn children’s lives around,” Darline P. Robles, superintendent of the Los Angeles County Office of Education, said during the 25th annual banquet, attended by 700 teachers at the Sheraton Universal Hotel. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’“Thank you for making a difference in children’s lives and the lives of their families. Thank you very much from the bottom of my heart.” Dubbed the “Sweet 16,” the recipients were selected from 67 finalists. They will now compete in the state contest, with that recipient representing California at the national level. Among them is Jennifer Almer, who teaches second grade at Joaquin Miller Elementary School in Burbank, where she brings history to life through classroom re-enactments. “We become the people we study,” said Almer, 31, who recently taught her students about Ellis Island. “We dress up. We have IQ tests, quarantines. We change our names. Some people make it through; others are deported. “It’s involvement, it’s taking kids as they are and moving them as far as they can go. I don’t believe in stupid kids. All kids have smarts.” The top teachers spoke of leading children to want to learn, and of believing in those entrusted to their care. Of singing “Zippity Doo-Dah” before unlocking their classrooms and “expecting great things will happen today” – and they do. Of half-eaten sandwiches, piles of ungraded papers, of lesson plans at home that can eat into time with family. In all, they spoke of the power of the teacher to help youngsters grow to lead rich and fulfilling lives. “It’s incredible,” said Alan Sitomer, a Teacher of the Year from Lynwood. “What we do really matters.” Castaic Middle School teacher John B. de Lemos recalled leaving the profession to become a chiropractor but being drawn back to the passion of teaching. “I’m accused of being a game-show host – firing questions, keeping the kids on their toes, giving them motivational points,” said de Lemos, 31, who makes a game out of his science and health classes. “While I’m entertaining them, they don’t realize that I’m sneaking in the science along with the fun.” Ruth Kritz, who teaches computer tech and physical education at A.E. Wright Middle School in Calabasas, has engaged each and every student for 26 years in the classroom. “I really believe in kids, truly,” said Kritz, of West Hills. “I believe that all kids can be successful. You have to feel what their passions are, what they love. Kids are our future, it’s important they know that we believe in them.” Laura Arrowsmith was seated in an 11th-grade history class studying the likes of Lewis and Clarke when she suddenly knew she would teach history. Today, the teacher at West Ranch High School in Saugus aims to make teaching social studies and history fun – and stress-free. “I want my students to become civic-minded, knowledgeable, skilled readers, skilled writers,” said Arrowsmith, of Saugus. “By the time they are my age, they will have forgotten their history, but they will be solid readers, solid writers and good thinkers – that will stay with them forever.” When Dawna Countryman was in kindergarten in Los Angeles, family strife at home compelled her teacher to sometimes let her stay the night. And when her mother had to get on a bus at dawn, her second-grade teacher would make it a point to open her classroom early so that Dawna had a warm place to sit. In high school, it was her teachers who helped her get scholarships to camp and college. Now a fifth-grade teacher at Tesoro del Valle Elementary in Saugus, Countryman has become the same kind of advocate for her students. “Connecting, motivating, expecting the best from my scholars,” said Countryman, 41, of Saugus. “I’m as involved in their learning as they are. “It’s validating because I make the same connection with my students that my teachers made with me.” [email protected] (818) 713-3730160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!