Thursday, April 26, 2018

EORC’s Monthly Cross-Country Race Series

A licensed school administrator in Massachusetts, Naomi Tetherly teaches within the East Longmeadow Public Schools and draws on her experience teaching language arts to students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Naomi Tetherly enjoys running in her spare time, and belongs to the Empire One Running Club (EORC) in Western Massachusetts. The organization holds a series of races throughout the year, including the Holyoke Elks Cross-Country monthly race series.

The racing series consists primarily of 5k races, with five 8k races being held once a month from April through August. Races take place on Thursday evenings on courses along dirt and gravel roads, and the routes also circle the scenic Ashley reservoir. Participation is open to men and women of all running skill levels and individuals aged 16 and under and over 70 may participate for free. A $5 participation fee is required for all other runners. The EORC provides refreshments at the end of every race and distributes prizes through a lottery drawing.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

The Unbelievable Barkley Marathons

Currently working on a children’s book, Naomi Tetherly serves as a teacher at East Longmeadow Public Schools in Massachusetts and is licensed to work as a principal and vice principal in the state. A holder of a master’s degree in school administration, Naomi Tetherly is an avid runner and enjoys cross-country and trail running.

For many passionate runners, participating in the Barkley Marathons is on their bucket list, but even applying for entry to the race is shrouded in mystery. Its creator and race director, Gary “Lazarus Lake” Cantrell was inspired to stage the event after learning that Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassin, James Earl Ray, was once caught only 8 miles from Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary after having escaped 54 hours earlier. A portion of the race passes through the now closed prison. 

First held in 1986, the annual 100 mile (some say it's more) ultra trail marathon involves finishing five 20-mile loops through the punishing, fog-filled terrain of Tennessee's Frozen Head State Park, with a race cut-off time of 60 hours. It has over 60,000 feet of cumulative elevation gain, more than twice the height of Mt. Everest. Only 35-40 runners are allowed to participate each year, and only 15 runners out of about 1,000 have finished the race within the prescribed cutoff. In the March 2018 edition, like in so many other years, not a single participant finished the race.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Popular Sources of Plant Based Protein

Naomi Tetherly is an educator who served as the special education director and academic enhancement coordinator at Robert M. Hughes Academy, a charter public school in Springfield, Massachusetts. An avid runner and vegetarian, Naomi Tetherly is dedicated to maintaining good health. 

One of the biggest concerns people have when embracing a vegetarian lifestyle is finding good sources of plant based protein. With a well-planned diet, vegetarians can easily obtain the protein they need to stay healthy and promote muscle strength. Several sources are listed below:

- Tofu, tempeh, and edamame are all soy based products that are high in fiber and healthy fats. In addition, they provide much needed calcium, iron, and vitamins. Tofu and tempeh can be marinated and included in a wide variety of dishes, including stir fries.

- Lentils are packed with protein and are also high in fiber and complex carbohydrates. They can easily be incorporated into salads and soups or combined with quinoa.

- Chickpeas and beans are inexpensive and easily prepared. Black, kidney, and pinto beans are all very popular and used in many recipes. These legumes are also a good source of magnesium.

- Quinoa is an ancient, gluten free grain that is a good source of protein and complex carbohydrates. It can be used to replace rice in dishes.

- Nutritional yeast is a staple in many vegetarian diets and has a cheesy flavor. Found in powder or flake form, nutritional yeast can be mixed with water and used in dips, dressings, and sauces.

- Nuts and seeds are a fantastic source of fatty acids and protein. Peanuts, cashews, almonds, walnuts, sesame seeds, and sunflower seeds can all provide a nutritious snack whole or in nut-butter form.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Exploring Lisbon’s Belem District

Massachusetts-based educator Naomi Tetherly most recently served as the special education director and academic enhancement coordinator at Robert M. Hughes Academy, a public charter school in Springfield. Aside from her professional endeavors, Naomi Tetherly enjoys traveling around the world to destinations including India, Japan, and Portugal.

Portugal, located in southwestern Europe on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, is one of the oldest nations in Europe. With a rich tradition that includes the Age of Exploration, the country is becoming a popular destination for tourists. Belem, a neighborhood and cultural center within the capital of Lisbon, was once the departure point for explorers setting out for the New World. 

Visitors to Lisbon can easily spend a day exploring the sites of Belem, and several museums highlight the district. In addition to the Museu dos Coches, which features a large collection of European horse drawn carriages, a stop can be made at the Museu de Marinha, a naval museum dedicated to the country’s maritime history. The MAAT, a museum dedicated to art, technology, and architecture, is also located in Belem.

Several monuments can be found in Belem. Most notably, travelers can visit the Belem Tower, which once served as a first line of defense for the city against attacks from the sea. The magnificent Padrao dos Descobrimentos (Discoveries Monument) honors Portugal’s role during the Age of Exploration. Featuring explorers on one side and the financiers of their expeditions on the other, the monument is a fitting display of the country’s notable contributions to exploration and discovery.

Visitors to Belem can also tour the Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, one of Europe’s most extravagant monasteries. 

Belem can easily be explored independently and on foot. Within a day or two, visitors can see the monuments, explore the museums, and experience views of the waterfront from the comfort of a cafe or restaurant.

Monday, March 12, 2018

The Scenic and UNESCO World Heritage Assets of the Azores

Naomi Tetherly is a respected presence in the Massachusetts educational community and currently teaches with East Longmeadow Public Schools. An avid traveler, Naomi Tetherly has traveled throughout Asia and Europe, and also had the opportunity to visit the Portuguese autonomous region in the mid-Atlantic, the Azores

First colonized by Portugal in the 15th century, the nine subtropical islands that make up the Azores feature a combination of small villages and rugged volcanic peaks. Highlights include Pico Island, which features a combination of verdant vineyards and a 7,700-foot peak that represents the highest mountain in Portugal. 

A cultural highlight for many is the town of Angra do Heroísmo, which was a port of call for nearly all trans-Atlantic voyages until the steamship became prevalent in the late 19th century. 

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the town contains the San João Baptista and San Sebastião fortifications, which date back 400 years and are uniquely well-preserved examples of 16th-century military architecture. Angra also offers a central zone rich in religious structures including the Baroque convents of the Franciscans and Jesuits, and the Santíssimo Salvador da Sé cathedral.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

The Ins and Outs of a Fruitarian Diet

Naomi Tetherly is a Massachusetts educator who has held positions such as special education director with a charter public school in Springfield. Health conscious with a passion for running, Naomi Tetherly follows.a diet that is vegetarian and emphasizes fruits. She has an interest in fruitarian diets that consist mostly of raw fruits.

A fruitarian diet is generally defined as one that consists of at least 50 percent fruits. This reflects the abundance of antioxidants, including beta-carotene and vitamin C, in fruits, which assist in detoxing and weight loss. At the same time, seeds and nuts are often consumed within such a diet for protein. This makes up for fruits' lack of protein, calcium, iron, and essential fatty acids such as B12. 

As recommended by the Fruitarian Foundation, the everyday combination of fruits that provides maximum impact includes banana, ripe avocado, coconut, olives, and lemon juice. The recommended fruitarian diet also incorporates pine nuts, almonds, chestnuts, cashews, and hazelnuts.

Friday, February 23, 2018

What Are Individualized Education Programs?

Naomi Tetherly is an experienced Massachusetts educator. Previously a special education director at Robert M. Hughes Academy Charter Public School, Naomi Tetherly was responsible for preparing Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) for students with disabilities. 

An IEP is a legal document highlighting a child’s individual learning needs and the special services his or her school will provide. Public schools are statutorily obligated to prepare IEPs for students receiving special education services. A typical IEP contains a statement on the child’s present level of performance, his or her education goals, the support services he or she will receive from the school, and how academic progress will be measured. 

The IEP is prepared by various people involved in the child’s education, including parents, teachers, counselors, and doctors. A strict criterion must first be followed to ensure a child indeed has a disability and is eligible for an IEP. 

The IEP system ensures students with disabilities receive tailored quality education services to advance their learning. It also binds public schools to provide the special education services outlined in the IEP.