Teacher Brenner-Farrell, Fire Eng. Segovia honored at May GMSP!

May 18, 2005
Santa Paula News

A talented educator and dedicated firefighter were honored at the May Good Morning Santa Paula!

By Peggy KellySanta Paula TimesA talented educator and dedicated firefighter were honored at the May Good Morning Santa Paula! The Chamber of Commerce sponsored event, hosted by ONE Santa Paula, was held at Logsdon’s at the Airport.Educator of the Month Terry Brenner-Farrell was lauded by McKevett Elementary School Principal Sheryl Misenhimer, who noted she was “excited to be able to honor Miss Terry,” as the teacher is affectionately known. Brenner-Farrell joined the district about 11 years ago after operating the successful 100 Hundred Hats Theater for children.McKevett is the magnet school for the performing and visual arts, the “most beautiful school in the city” where Brenner-Farrell started as the magnet coordinator for art, dance and theater. Soon Brenner-Farrell was working with other teachers to help them with skills in performing and visual arts education.“She’s been a real asset,” including directing for many McKevett productions as well as those staged by Santa Paula High School, noted Misenhimer.When urged to relate her favorite production gaffe, “Miss Terry” said a prop gun wouldn’t fire during a high school production of “Annie Get Your Gun.” The student playing the role of the Indian tribal leader didn’t miss a beat: “Cheap gun made in Japan,” he noted, to the delight of the audience.
“You can do improvisation with our children,” Brenner-Farrell noted. “They do a wonderful job and they never make mistakes.”Safety Officer of the Month Gilbert Segovia, a Santa Paula Fire Department Acting Engineer, deserves to be credited with his dedication to the community, noted Fire Chief Paul Skeels.A lifelong city resident and 1978 graduate of Santa Paula High School, Eng. Segovia “worked in his family’s Fillmore-based business” in the late 1980s to early 1990s. “Somehow he got attracted to the fire service, and joined the Fillmore Fire Department” until he relocated his masonry construction business to Santa Paula.Eng. Segovia, the part owner of the creative masonry business that specializes in swimming pool construction, joined the SPFD in 1994 as a part-time paid call volunteer firefighter. “He started working his way up through the ranks,” and about four years ago Segovia successfully applied for a full-time position on the department, noted Chief Skeels.“Around the fire department and off-duty, Gilbert is a can-do fellow who does not like to be unoccupied...if something has to be done he’ll point it out and get it done; that ranges from small to large items. We’re really thrilled to have him on the department,” Chief Skeels said.The honor and Chief Skeels’ remarks “means a lot to me,” noted Eng. Segovia, who with his wife Lisa has five children. Lisa Segovia has been a highly understanding spouse, said Eng. Segovia, and he thanked her for her support of his firefighting career.

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