Pictured: Chasing Vermeer at Monrovia’s Wild Rose Elementary

Kate Ogilvie, 10, plays the role of artist Johannes Vermeer with his painting “The Milkmaid.”
At Monrovia’s Wild Rose Elementary School, GATE students in the fourth and fifth grade transformed themselves Tuesday into historical figures as part of the school’s Wax Museum exhibit. The young scholars researched their characters from the past and made costumes and props to display while interacting with classmates.
(Photo by Walt Mancini / Staff)

Pasadena teacher’s day made better by $1,000 in school supplies — and a visit from ‘Desperate Housewives’ actor James Denton



Karen Goss is not a desperate housewife. She’s a computer teacher at Hamilton Elementary School in Pasadena. It’s a career that, for all its rewards, comes with its fair share of desperate moments.

Teachers spend an average of $1,200 of their own money each year for classroom supplies, according to the National Education Association.

But, this week, Goss got lucky. She was one of more than 1,100 teachers across the country to each receive $1,000 in school supplies as part of “A Day Made Better,” a campaign by Adopt-A-Classroom and OfficeMax to draw attention to teacher-funded classrooms.

The non-profit Adopt-A-Classroom helped identify needy schools, and principals at each school nominated an exemplary teacher to receive the donation of supplies.

Oh, did we mention James Denton was there? Just sort of sweetens the deal, doesn’t it?

Check out Adopt-A-Classroom to see what Pasadena-area school programs are still in dire need of resources. You can search by city, by district, and for both public and private schools.

At top, James Denton and Karen Goss. Above, Hamilton students volunteer kind words for their computer teacher, Goss. (Getty Images)