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"Nick Diaz has had a career in public education spanning more than four decades. "Diaz taught for 30 years in the FCPS system before retiring in 2003. He began at Waverley Elementary School in 1973 and finished the latter part of his career at Gov. Thomas Johnson Middle School. He worked as a coach for the countywide MATHCOUNTS competition. Diaz came out of retirement to teach mathematics at The Barnesville School and St. John Regional Catholic School. At 73, Diaz is now retired and doing private tutoring in mathematics. "He has been recognized as an outstanding educator, receiving the Washington Post Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher Award for Frederick County, the Frederick County Maryland Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Middle School Teacher award, and Maryland Council of Teachers of Mathematics Award for Outstanding Teacher of Secondary Mathematics (runner-up). Diaz is also a cantor at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Frederick. "Appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2006, Diaz has served as vice chair (2008-2009) and chair (2009-2011). He began his third and final five-year term as a Trustee on July 1, 2016. In 2015, he was appointed by Governor Larry Hogan to the newly-formed Youth Apprenticeship Advisory Council. "Born in Cuba, Diaz arrived in the United States in 1960 and became a citizen in 1972. He began teaching mathematics to sixth and eighth grade students in 1969 at the Immaculate Conception School in Dayton, Ohio. "He earned his bachelor's degree in 1969 at the University of Dayton. He also received education certification through coursework at Wright State University, Hood College, and Frederick Community College."

A Cuban History Lesson – Part II

In my last installment, I mentioned how this November I’ll be celebrating the 50th anniversary of my arrival in the USA from my native Cuba. My mother and I flew out of Michael Moore’s paradise on Election Day, 1960; my father joined us on the day of John F. Kennedy’s Inauguration, January 20, 1961.
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