Our cultural heritage is something to be treasured, not be ashamed of. Much of our prejudices are fear based. Stigma surrounding disabilities must be addressed and understanding must be promoted.
To promote learning and understanding of individuals we find as being different from ourselves. To help individuals embrace their own unique characteristics.
Ramona is an accomplished speaker and presenter whose message on Diversity encourages learning about different cultures and traditions while lessening fears passed from generation to generation. Ramona has first hand experience in being immersed in foreign cultures while not knowing the language enough to communicate effectively, and having to operate under different social rules. Being in this situation is daunting! Ramona has traveled to Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, China, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Seychelles, Kenya, Cape Town, India, Venezuela, Brazil, Cuba, Canada, and Mexico.
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Advocate for Individuals with Mental Health Disorders
Students with diverse backgrounds are all looking to belong. Ramona has found a way to share her knowledge of different cultures and mental health disorders in a manner that will promote discussion while staying on track with core curriculum requirements
Why? Our cultural heritage is something to be treasured. Stigma surrounding thought disorders must be addressed and understanding must be promoted. Much of our prejudices are fear based. We will find we are more similar than different.
Dr. Jason Toohey
Born in Los Angeles and raised largely in Santa Barbara, Dr. Toohey received his PhD in Anthropology from the University of California Santa Barbara, where his work focused on community organization and ethnogenesis, or the development of novel ethnic identities, in the late prehispanic Andes of Peru. He has participated in archaeological investigations in California, Wyoming, Germany, Mexico, and Peru. Now an assistant professor at the University of Wyoming, he is currently directing archaeological research in the northern Andes, investigating the development of social complexity and working to bring together contemporary indigenous communities and their rich pasts through community-based archaeology.
Born on the island of Aruba and raised in Venezuela, Baker is passionate about languages (she speaks five) and is the author of 7 bilingual books and 10 bilingual CD’s. Baker obtained her teaching credential K-12 in English and Spanish from Washington University. A world traveler, Baker has visited: Kenya, Venezuela, Australia, Aruba, Ecuador, Japan, Greece, Italy, Peru, Guyana, India, Sri Lanka, Brazil, Columbia, France, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, England, Turkey. Through her business, Cantemos, she shares her cultural experiences with students and educators.
Dr. Robert Rowley
After growing up in Ohio and attending Miami University, Dr. Rowley relocated to California and earned his Doctorate in Biology from UC Santa Barbara studying marine ecology. He has extensive experience in marine research along the California coast and offshore islands as well as Panama, New Zealand, and the Antarctic. Dr. Rowley has taught at Santa Barbara City College, Moorpark College, Ventura College and Semester-at Sea. He has traveled on all continents and 25 countries, and acted as biology guide/interpreter for a safari of photographers into the Mayan jungles of Chiapas.
Since retiring from Biology, Dr. Rowley has taught himself to paint in oils and pastel and is now a juried member of the Santa Barbara Art Association and the Pastel Society of America. Dr. Rowley is married (26 years!) with 3 grown children and 3 grandchildren and lives with his wife in Santa Barbara.
Mr. Montz has been an educator for over forty years. His career has offered him opportunities to teach at Junior High and High Schools in California and Missouri. His specialties were Social Studies, Psychology, Geography, Economics, Civics, American History, and Sociology. His contributions in professional development, curriculum development and working with at-risk students enhanced his teaching experience and won him the distinguished recognition of 1987 – 1988 Missouri Teacher of the Year. Mr. Montz received a Masters in Education from UC Santa Barbara and a Bachelor’s Degree from Westmont College, Santa Barbara (cum laude).
Now retired, Mr. Montz enjoys his time as a professional pianist, woodworking, photography, and gardening when not taking care of honey-do projects for his lovely wife, Barbara.