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Schools - January 8, 2020

Longtime teaching assistant is the 'rock star' of Trinity School

by Angela Swartz

Bim Cleland is one of the first teachers to arrive at Trinity School in Menlo Park, getting there at 7:30 a.m., before the school day begins. He's out on the schoolyard greeting students and organizing athletic activities.

The daily scenario exemplifies how Cleland, 64, "wears many hats and wears them expertly" at the school, said Trinity Principal Matt Allio. He follows his daily early morning activities with classroom duties as a first grade teaching assistant, using art and mathematics in his lessons. And, he's also a PE teacher.

"Many people at this stage in their career pick and choose, but he chooses everything, and does everything well," said Allio. "He's a role model for all kids. All the things he does are powerful for kids. He's a mix between being fun (and) always being in good spirits, with really strong expectations for kids.


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